Heather Lettner-Rust

Heather Lettner-Rust is presenting “Writing into the Local Sphere:  Acknowledging a Rhetoric of Conversation” at the 8th Biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference held at Minnesota State University in October.  This presentation acknowledges the work of her English 400 students in meeting Town Council over a meal. With more successful community work accomplished in this particular semester, the dinners represented the communication principles addressed by medieval rhetorician Madeleine de Scudéry as “private discourse with public implications.” This activity of dinner with ‘strangers’ follows a university tradition in such places as William and Mary, Emory, University of Florida, and UCLA among others.

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