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Future Directions for Rhetorical Traditions

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Future Directions for Rhetorical Traditions Patricia Bizzell Professor of English, College of the Holy Cross A lecture presented by the Center for Writing and the Interdisciplinary Minor in Literacy and Rhetorical Studies Speaker Series No. 232003 Kirsten Jamsen, Series Editor
Future Directions for Rhetorical Traditions Patricia Bizzell Professor of English, College of the Holy Cross A lecture presented by the Center for Writing and the Interdisciplinary Minor in Literacy and Rhetorical Studies Speaker Series No. 232003 Kirsten Jamsen, Series Editor Elizabeth Oliver, Editor
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Kirsten Jamsen
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Preface
 In September, 2003 the Center for Writing and the Interdisciplinary Graduate
Minor in Literacy and Rhetorical Studies welcomed Professor Patricia Bizzell as its
twenty-third speaker in the Series, to present onFuture Directions for Rhetorical
Traditionscovered topics ranging from her experience editing her well- talk . Bizzells
known text bookThe Rhetorical Tradition: Readings from Classical Times to the Present
to the content of a conference she had attended that weekend, entitled Conference on the
Status and Future of Rhetoric Studies. Held at Northwestern University on September
11-14, 2003, it was the first conference of the Alliance for Rhetoric Societies (ARS), a
newly formed organization that brings together scholars from existing academic societies
devoted entirely or in some part to rhetorical studies. With these activities fresh in her
mind, Bizzells talk triggered a lively audience discussion of issues of canon formation,
the diversification of academic discourses, and perceptions of tradition in academia.
On the day following her talk, a luncheon, also colored by avid discussion, was
attended by a group of faculty, staff, and students representing the Center for Writing; the
Minnesota Writing Project; the Departments of Rhetoric, Communication Studies,
English, and Linguistics; and the Minor in Literacy and Rhetorical Studies.
 Patricia Bizzell is Chair and Professor of English at College of the Holy Cross in
Massachusetts, where she has taught since 1978 and where she established a peer-
tutoring facility and writing-across-the-curriculum program. She is President-elect of the
Rhetorical Society of America and is a prolific writer and editor. Her bookThe
Rhetorical Tradition: Readings from Classical Times to the Presentis the definitive
collection of texts for teachers of the history of rhetoric, while her recentALT/DIS: