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2007 RSA Summer Institute

Invitation to Propose a Workshop

2007 RSA Summer Institute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Invitation to Propose a Workshop

Dear RSA colleague,

As you know, RSA will be offering a second biennial Summer Institute from 17-24 June 2007. The institute includes two components: the five-day seminars (running Sunday afternoon, 6/17, through Friday morning, 6/22) and the two-day workshops (running Friday afternoon, 6/22, through Sunday morning, 6/24).

I'm writing to invite you to propose a workshop for the 2007 Institute. Workshops may take many forms, from mini-seminars to the introduction of methods in research or analysis to activist projects to on-going scholarly collaborations to curriculum development. They may be proposed by a single person or a collaborative group.

We see the workshop setting as very open. a place to continue conversations or projects begun in 2005 or elsewhere, to begin new lines of research, to work on writing projects (individually or collaborative), to develop pedagogical strategies or materials, or to generate exciting new approaches to rhetorical studies. Topics of workshops proposed in 2005 include the following:

  • Rhetoric and Public Memory
  • Rhetorics of Second-Wave Feminism
  • Rhetoric as Pedagogical Tradition: The Early 20th Century and Oral Communication
  • A Rhetorician's Guide to Discourse Analysis
  • The Rhetoric of the Scientific Revolution
  • Rhetoric and the Jesuit Tradition
  • Public Theory and Public Criticism: Citizen Discourse and Rhetorical Democracy
  • Reinventing the Rhetoric of Social Movements
  • Discourses of Slavery
  • Guide to Research in Rhetorical Studies
  • Rhetoric's Place in the Undergraduate Curriculum

RPI offers comfortable small group meeting rooms with excellent audiovisual support. Workshop presenters and participants will be included in the plenary events scheduled for Friday afternoon and evening: visits to local historical sites related to the plenary lecture by S. Michael Halloran, along with a free dinner and awards ceremony. Saturday evening features a free buffet dinner aboard a cruise ship on the Hudson River. Please see the institute announcement for details about registration fees, lodging, and other meals.

Workshop proposals are due on 1 December 2006. Pleasesend a 1-page description of the topic and brief cv's for all proposers to David Kaufer ( and Sara Newman ( Accepted presenters will be notified by 15 December 2006, and a list of 2007workshop topics and presenters will be posted on the RSA website. Potential participants will then apply directly to you for inclusion.

Please consider proposing a workshop, and contact me ( or Katya Haskins (, the local arrangements chair, with any questions.

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