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Women, Rhetoric, Writing (2017)

This conference surveys shifts in feminist research, writing, editing, and pedagogical practices over the last thirty years as it celebrates and honors the careers of Shirley Wilson Logan and Jane Donawerth.

Event Information

April 6, 2017
April 7, 2017
9:00 - 6:00 PM
2115 Tawes Hall & Ulrich Recital Hall, 1121 Tawes Hall


April 6

  • 10:00 am-11:30 am: Workshop for Graduate Students: Publishing Q&A with Cheryl Glenn (Penn State), Carole Levin (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), and Andrea Lunsford (Stanford).
  • 11:30 am-12:30 pm: Lunch
  • 12:30 pm-1:00 pm: Welcome, Introductory Remarks, Reflections on Two Careers
    Jeanne Fahnestock (English, University of Maryland)
  • 1:00 pm-2:30 pm: Panel One: Constructing the Field: Recovering Women's Modalities
    Moderator: Theresa Coletti (English, University of Maryland)
    • Joyce Middleton (English, East Carolina University): "The Value of Silence and Listening as Rhetorical and Gendered Arts in Film""
    • Michele Osherow (English & Judaic Studies, University of Maryland, Baltimore County): "'Keeping the girls in stitches': Female Rhetoric and Representation of the Story of Susannah"
    • Erin Sadlack (English, Marywood University): "'Poor and Daily Orators': The Rhetoric of Elizabethan Women's Petitions"
  • 3:00 pm-4:30 pm: Panel Two: Constructing Feminist Scholarship
    Moderator: Shawn J. Parry-Giles (Communication, University of Maryland)
    • Jessica Enoch (English, University of Maryland): "Feminist Memory Studies"
    • Cheryl Glenn (English & Women's Studies, Pennsylvania State University): "Editing a Series, Defining a Field"
    • Andrea Lunsford (English, Stanford University): "The Practices and Perils of Feminist Collaboration"
  • 5:00 pm-6:00 pm: Reception and Discussion: Women, Rhetoric, Writing: Reflections on the Fields
    Jane Donawerth (English, University of Maryland) and Shirley Wilson Logan (English, University of Maryland. Moderator: Ruth Osorio (English, University of Maryland)

April 7

  • 8:45 am: Coffee
  • 9:00 am-10:30 am: Panel Three: Feminist Collaborations, Women's Rhetorics.
    Moderator: Sabrina Alcorn Baron (History, University of Maryland)
    • Danielle Griffin (English, University of Maryland): "To 'meddle with a multitude': Collectivity as Rhetorical Strategy in the Petitions of Early Modern Female Servants"
    • Carole Levin (History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln): "Elizabeth I and the Power and Language of Gifts"
    • Lisa Zimmerelli (Writing, Loyola University): "Depictions & Functions of Girl Education in Progressive-Era Biography"
  • 11:00 am-12:30 pm: Panel Four: Rhetorical Traditions and Genealogies
    Moderator: Scott Wible (English, University of Maryland)
    • Judith P. Hallett (Classics, University of Maryland): "Fragments of Female Orators from the Roman Republic: The Letters of Cornelia, Mother of the Gracchi, and the Speeches of Her Father and Son"
    • Karen Nelson (English, University of Maryland): "The Maydens of London and the Rhetoric of Reform"
    • Jacqueline Royster (English, Georgia Tech University): "Finding Place, Making Space:  Intellectual Ancestry as Inspiration for Evolutionary Change in Rhetorical Studies"
  • 12:30 pm-2:00 pm: Lunch and Encomiastic Effusions
  • 2:00 pm-3:30 pm: Panel Five: Feminist Anthologies and Translations
    Moderator: Carly S. Woods (Communication, University of Maryland)
    • Elizabeth Ellis Miller (Engish, University of Maryland): "Curating Civil Rights: Bernice Reagon as Activist-Archivist"
    • Cristina Ramirez (Rhetoric, Composition, and Teaching of English, University of Arizona): "Why Translation Matters: Using Translation of Primary & Secondary Texts to Expand the Tradition"
    • Adele Seeff (Renaissance & Baroque Studies, University of Maryland): "World Cultures and the Staging of Gender"
  • 4:00 pm-5:30 pm: Panel Six: Feminist Pedagogies: Pasts, Present, Futures
    Moderator: Leigh Ryan (English, University of Maryland)
    • Wendy Hayden (English, Hunter College, CUNY): "Feminist Rhetorics of Sexual Literacy"
    • Nan Johnson (English, Ohio State University): "Teaching Rhetoric as a Feminist Historian: One Story"
    • Rebecca Lush (Literature & Writing Studies, California State University, San Marcos): "Bringing Recovered Women Rhetors into the Classroom and the Future of Feminist Pedagogy"
  • 5:30 pm: Closing Remarks and Celebratory Reception

Organizers & Planning Committee

Jessica Enoch & Karen Nelson

For more information contact: Jessica Enoch (

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