The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Faculty and Students to Participate in Humanities Conference

Rhetoric in Culture: Relations, Rights, and Responsibilities will be the theme of the 2004 Southern Humanities Council Conference to be held February 5-8 at the Holiday Inn, Chattanooga Choo-Choo. All events are free and open to the public.

Two UTC faculty members, Dr. Craig Barrow, Connor Professor in the Department of English and John Phillips, professor of philosophy and religion are serving as hosts for the event.

Diane Glancy, author of Pushing the Bear: A Novel of the Trail of Tears, will present a plenary session on February 6. Numerous UTC faculty and several graduate students are participants in the conference. A listing of events will follow; however, if you need more information, please call (423) 698-6249 or (423) 886-6749 or e-mail Craig Barrow or John Phillips.

Dr.Eileen Meagher, professor of English, will serve as Session I-A chair on Friday, February 6 from 9-10:30 a.m. for “ Rhetorical Insights into Cultural Artifacts.” UTC graduate students will make these presentations:

  • Jacqueline Boals, “Speaking in the Open Forum and Stopping by Burke’s Parlor: Negotiating Theory Talk”
  • Stephen Brasher, “Derrida’s Encomium to Levinas: Transgressing the Limits of Neo-Aristotelian Rhetoric”
  • Lynne Macias, “A Reading of Herbert’s Windows Using Kenneth Burke”

In concurrent sessions, Dr. Joyce Smith, assistant professor of English will present “Constructing Masculinity in Southern Literature, Or ‘So What Do You Do with Good Ol’ Boys…?” and Dr. Tom Rybolt, UC Foundation Professor, chemistry will be a participant in a poetry and fiction reading.

Session 2-A will feature a panel of UTC professors who will discuss “Creative Writing and its Role in the University.” Dr. Richard Jackson, UC Foundation Professor, English will serve as session chair. Also participating will be Earl Braggs, UC Foundation Professor, English; Helene Littmann, assistant professor, English; Ken Smith, UC Foundation Professor.

In a concurrent session, Dr. Chris Stuart, UC Foundation Assistant Professor, English will present “Rhetorical Uses of Literary Texts: England and America” “Henry James and the Rhetoric of the Sacred in the Late Fiction.”

Jennifer Beech, Director of the UTC Writing Center and assistant professor, English will begin Session III from 2-3:30 p.m. with “Reconstructing an Archaeology of Memory with Work(ing-Class) Stories: Rhetorics of the Every Day,” followed by Dr. Charles Lippy, Martin Distinguished Professor, philosophy and religion who will present “Ragged Dick Amid Acres of Diamonds: Horatio Alger, Russell Conwell, and the Popular Rhetoric of Male Spirituality in Industrializing America.”

Dr. Richard Jackson will participate in “Rhetorical Uses of Literary Texts in World Culture,” 4-5:30 p.m., by presenting “What Do We Read/Teach When We Read/Teach Translation?” In concurrent sessions Dr. Tom Rybolt will present “The Conflict of Coexistence of Science with a Transcendent Worldview” and John Jones will present “Same Old Story: The Ideology of Saving Private Ryan.”

In the plenary session from 7:30-8:30 p.m., The Genesis of Pushing the Bear (Penn Station) will feature Diane Glancy, Macalester College, author of Pushing the Bear: A Novel of the Trail of Tears. Dr. Nick Honerkamp, Director of the Archeology Institute at UTC will present “Pre-History and History of Native Americans in the Chattanooga Area.”

In the first session on Saturday, February 7, Earl Braggs will be a featured poet during the Anhinga Press Poetry Reading from 9-10:30 a.m. In concurrent sessions, Dr. Elizabeth Gailey, assistant professor of communication will present “Objects of Faith: Shopping, Spiritual Sustenance, and the Cult of the Self in Women’s Simplicity Lifestyle Magazines” and Tom Griscom, publisher and executive editor of the Chattanooga Times-Free Press will follow Gailey with a discussion “On Editing a Polarized Newspaper;” Dr. Gavin Townsend, professor of art history, will present “Is ‘Less’ More or a Bore? The Rhetoric of Modernism and Postmodernism in Twentieth Century Architecture” and Dr. Thomas Ware, professor of English will discuss “A Framework of Memory: Aesthetics and Rhetoric at the Chattanooga National Cemetery.”

Dr. Hunter Huckabay, director of GEAR UP and adjunct faculty, English, and Ken Smith, UC Foundation Professor, English will be readers in the Poetry and Fiction Reading scheduled for 11-12:30 p.m.

In concurrent sessions, Dr. Bill McClay, professor and SunTrust Chair of Excellence in the Humanities will present “Sermons in Stone: The Rhetoric of Ralph Waldo Emerson” and graduate student Sidney Blaylock will discuss “African American Children and the Civil Rights Movement.”

Dr. Richard Jackson will read in the Poetry and Fiction session from 2-3:30 p.m., and during a concurrent session Dr. Craig Barrow will discuss “A Native American Renaissance: House Made of Dawn to the Present.”

Helene Littmann will participate in the poetry and fiction reading from 4-5:30 p.m.
4:00-5:30 p.m., while Dr. Robert Swansbrough, Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences presents “The Rhetoric of War: The Fearful 9/11 Prism” in a concurrent session. In a third concurrent session, graduate student Chris Rackard will present “The Transformation of Jazz in the Fifties, Sixties, and Seventies: A Generic Criticism of the Loss of Structure in Jazz.”

Roland Carter, Holmberg Professor of Music will be featured in the plenary session from 7:30-8:30 p.m. with “Protest Rhetoric in Selected African American Art Songs”: Piano and Voice (Penn Station).

Complete Conference Schedule