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Author Meets Critics: Pamela VanHaitsma—“Queering Romantic Engagement in the Postal Age”

Monday, February 8, 2021, at 6:00 p.m., a panel of leading scholars on rhetoric and queer studies will discuss Pamela VanHaitsma's new book in a virtual event, which is free and open to the public.
by David Price Jan 26, 2021
When Feb 08, 2021
from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Where Virtual (Zoom)
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Pamela VanHaitsma

Pamela VanHaitsma

Assistant Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences
and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Penn State

Pamela VanHaitsma’s interdisciplinary scholarship bridges rhetoric, archives and information, and gender and sexuality studies. In her main line of research, she uses archival methods and queer methodologies to study nineteenth-century rhetorical education.

VanHaitsma is a Rock Ethics Institute Sherwin Early Career Professor.

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Her first book, Queering Romantic Engagement in the Postal Age: A Rhetorical Education, is a queer history of epistolary rhetoric (University of South Carolina Press, 2019). Early research for the project was recognized with the Rhetoric Society of America’s 2015 Charles Kneupper Award. 

On Monday, February 8, 2021, at 6:00 p.m., a panel of leading scholars on rhetoric and queer studies will discuss Queering Romantic Engagement in the Postal Age in a virtual event, which is free and open to the public.

Joining VanHaitsma on the panel to discuss her book will be Ames Hawkins, professor of English and creative writing at Columbia College Chicago, and Charles Morris III, professor of communication and rhetorical studies at Syracuse University.

Michele Kennerly, associate professor of communication arts and sciences and of classics and ancient Mediterranean studies at Penn State, will moderate the panel.

Together the panelists will explore themes raised in VanHaitsma’s book, such as how queer rhetorical practices evolved through romantic letters and the relationship between rhetorical training and civic life.

The event is sponsored by Penn State's Department of Communication Arts and Sciences; Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Rock Ethics Institute; Humanities Institute; and Center for Humanities and Information. Everyone is welcome! 

This panel discussion will be presented as a Zoom webinar.
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