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  • At their recent national convention, Pi Kappa Delta—the nation's oldest collegiate speech and debate organization—named the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric's Josh Compton the editor of their journal, The ForensicThe Forensic publishes work in argumentation, public speaking, and intercollegiate speech and debate activities.

    This prestigious appointment reflects Compton's distinguished reputation as a scholar. Former editor Nina-Jo Moore says of Compton's...

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  • Laura Braunstein

    Each spring, the Dartmouth College Library honors its graduating student employees with the Student Library Service Bookplate Program. Graduating students who have worked for the Library are invited to choose books, DVDs, CDs or other items for the Library’s collections. Each item receives a bookplate that acknowledges the student’s selection and honors his or her service to the Library. Students are eligible...

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  • This spring, for the second time, Terry Osborne is teaching his community-based first-year seminar, COVER Stories: Community Building & the Environment. This course uses writing and storytelling to take up the very important issue of the conscious construction of community—how it's done, and why it matters.

    Osborne, a Senior Lecturer with appointments in Writing and Environmental Studies, has shaped his first-year seminar around the belief that environmental activism...

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  • Contentious debates over immigration reform call scholars to turn their attention to the rhetoric of immigration. Claudia Anguiano, Lecturer in Speech for the Institute for Writing & Rhetoric, centers her scholarship on the ways immigrant populations are defined. In line with other communication studies scholars, Anguiano uses rigorous, critical rhetorical methods to extract the historical dimensions and significance of terminology, thereby broadening our understanding of the role of...

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  • In Spring 2014, Institute for Writing and Rhetoric Lecturer Sara Chaney will be bringing her long-standing research on autism to the COCO course, "Autism: Science, Story, and Experience." The course will be taught with William Hudenko, an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences and member of the Geisel Medical School Faculty.   This fascinating interdisciplinary course will provide students the opportunity to consider the intersections between science and rhetoric...

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  • This year's Conference on College Composition and Communication, the field's premier national conference, was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, with several Institute for Writing & Rhetoric faculty and collaborators serving as contributors.   Institute faculty Sara Chaney, Michelle Cox, Christiane Donahue, and Karen Gocsik, along with Institute collaborators Laura Braunstein (Library) and Cindy Tobery (DCAL), all made valuable contributions to their various panels and workshops—Donahue as a...

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  • Mark Koch, Lecturer for the Institute for Writing & Rhetoric, employs a fascinating medium for reading and writing in his Writing 2 classroom: maps. Rooting his approach in the critical cartography that arose in the 1990s among scholars in geography and in the humanities, Koch takes the position that maps are never value-free images. Like all texts—they inscribe power relations. Accordingly, he not only teaches his students to read maps rhetorically, for their encoded messages, he also...

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  • Julie Kalish '91 not only has students reading and writing about constitutional law in the courses she teaches for the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric -- Writing 5 and Writing 41: Writing and Speaking Public Policy -- she is also at the forefront of defending constitutional rights via her work for the Vermont ACLU.

    Most recently for the ACLU, Professor Kalish and her colleague Attorney Bernie Lambek represented Franklin, Vermont resident Marilyn Hackett in Hackett v. the Town of...

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  • We are pleased to announce that Dartmouth's Institute for Writing & Rhetoric has been profiled in a special issue of Composition Forum, devoted to writing and transfer.  Guest Editor Elizabeth Wardle has assembled several articles on the subject of transfer, including the profile of the Institute.

    This profile, "Imagining a Writing and Rhetoric Program Based on...

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  • Keith Chapman

    Just days after a long election season that featured hundreds of political speeches, almost two dozen Dartmouth students gathered to hear a few more—this time from presidential speechwriters.

    Dartmouth Trustee Peter Robinson ’79, who worked for President Reagan, and Donald Baer, who wrote for President Clinton, recalled experiences working with the presidents, gave advice about...

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