News & Events

  • “Though we don’t always recognize it, grammatical choices can be moral choices, and these publishers made the wrong ones,” says Ellen Bresler Rockmore, a lecturer in the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric, in an op-ed in The New York Times. Rockmore writes about the poor grammatical choices a publisher made in a Texas geography textbook that distorts...

  • Institute professor Jennifer Sargent has won the Faculty Advisor of the Year award from Dartmouth's Greek Letter Organizations and Societies.

  • As reported in Dartmouth Now, RWIT tutor Emily Estelle has won a prestigious Fulbright to teach English in Morocco:

    An anthropology major modified with Arabic—which she “decided to study as a first-year...

  • The Benjamin F. Barge and Class of 1866 Prizes for Oratory are Dartmouth traditions reaching back to the earliest days of the 20th century. For over 100 years, Dartmouth students have competed for these coveted awards, which honor excellence in oratory and rhetoric.

    The Benjamin F. Barge Prize was established in 1901 to honor the Dartmouth senior who is determined by a panel of expert judges to "write and pronounce in public an English oration in the best manner." The Class of 1866...

  • The Institute for Writing and Rhetoric is proud to announce that Dr. Nick Van Kley has accepted the position of Director of Student Writing Support Services. Professor Van Kley comes to Dartmouth from Brandeis University, where he was the Assistant Director of the Writing Program and, formerly, the Director of the Writing Center.

    Professor Van Kley is extremely enthused about his new position with the Institute and his work with its faculty and students. "I couldn't be happier to be...

  • The Institute for Writing and Rhetoric is proud to announce that Professor Josh Compton has won a fellowship from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation. The purpose of this foundation is to provide teachers with travel funds with which to conduct research abroad or away from their home institutions. The Foundation hopes that the study and research experiences afforded by its grants will "stimulate and broaden the minds of teachers so as to improve and enhance the quality of their...

  • The Institute for Writing and Rhetoric is proud to announce that Professor Josh Compton has accepted a tenure-track position in Speech with the Institute.

    Compton is a world-renowned scholar of inoculation theory—a form of rhetorical analysis that examines how audiences may be made resistant to arguments they encounter in the future, much as vaccines prevent a host from succumbing to a virus. As Compton's impressive list of publications demonstrates, inoculation theory is a powerful...

  • On December 4th professor Jennifer Sargent will appear on NHPR's live morning show, The Exchange, to discuss developing technology and the US Constitution.

    As a former public defender and later a district court judge in New Hampshire, Sargent is an authority on the challenges that new technologies pose to our civil liberties.

    The conversation will be broadcast on all NHPR stations...

  • Former RWIT tutor, Miriam Jerotich Kilimo, has been named a Rhodes Scholar for the upcoming academic year.

    An anthropology major at Dartmouth, Kilimo plans to pursue a master's degree in Women's Studies while at Oxford.

    Congratulations, Miriam, from all of us in the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric...

  • The Institute for Writing and Rhetoric gains five new faculty members this year: Richard Abel (Lecturer in Writing), Svetlana (Yana) Grushina (Lecturer in Speech), Sarah Bartos Smith (Lecturer in Writing), Steven Thompson (Lecturer in Writing), and Nicholas B. Van Kley (Lecturer in Writing and Interim Director of RWIT).

    To help introduce them to our faculty and the College, we've asked them to answer a few brief questions.

    Richard Abel