Guest Speakers

Photo Credit Clemson University

November Event: Special Guest DAVID BLAKESLEY  from Clemson University.

Thursday, November 9th, 5:00 p.m., Kemp Malone, Callaway N, 3rd Floor

2016 Rhetoric Society of America Fellow Award and, in the same year, winner of the George E. Yoos Distinguished Service Award. Blakesley has a distinguished record in research and publication, and he has made huge contributions to the field of Rhetoric and Composition through his work at Parlor Press, a key publisher in the field, where he is founder and publisher. He has also edited KB Journal as well as the Rhetorical Philosophy and Theory series at Southern Illinois University Press. At Clemson, he is Professor of English and holds the endowed Campbell Chair in Technical Communication. His most recent book publication is a second edition of Writing: A Manual for the Digital Age, published by Cengage/Wadsworth in 2012. His new book, Illuminating Rhetoric: A Guide to Seeing, Reading, and Writing, is under contract with McGraw-Hill.

Blakesley will be speaking about founding a top-rated scholarly publishing company and field questions from faculty and graduate students regarding publishing, writing toward journal publication, and other related topics.

May Event:  Special Guest RICHARD CHESS from the University of North Carolina Asheville

Richard Chess is an award-winning professor and well-known poet. His books of poetry include Love Nailed to the Doorpost (University of Tampa Press 2017, forthcoming), Tekiah (University of Georgia Press 1996; republished by University of Tampa Press 2000); Chair in the Desert (University of Tampa Press 2000); and Third Temple (University of Tampa Press 2006). His poems have appeared in Best American Spiritual Writing 2005Telling and Remembering: A Century of American Jewish Poetry, and The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary American Jewish Poetry.

In recent years, he has become active in the national movement exploring the use of contemplative pedagogy in higher education. He has served on the faculty of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE) Summer Seminar in Contemplative Pedagogy Development (2015. At UNC Asheville, he has played a leading role in the contemplative pedagogy and practice initiative which began there in 2011.

Chess will be leading a workshop for teachers in the area of Contemplative Pedagogy as a culminating event for the year-long Academic Learning Community through CFDE on Teaching and Contemplation: Nurturing the Teaching Self. You do not have to be a member of the ALC to join in this workshop.