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2018 Kenneth Burke Lecture

On April 10, Dr. Robert Asen, Professor of Rhetoric, Politics, and Culture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, delivered the 2018 Kenneth Burke Lecture. His talk, "Lives Lived Together: How John Dewey and Milton Friedman Imagined Human Relationships and Why this Matters for Contemporary Public Engagement," illuminated how interpersonal relationships impact public discourse.

Following Dr. Asen's lecture, the audience reconvened in the Nittany Lion Inn's Faculty-Staff Club for the annual Kenneth Burke Reception and Awards Ceremony. At the event, CDD staff recognized award recipients for student engagement and for excellence in rhetorical scholarship.

Morgan Johnson, a Ph.D Candidate in the Communication Arts and Sciences department, and Brian Anthony Davis, a graduating senior in African American Studies, were honored with the Nancy and Joseph Birkle Engagement Awards. Emily Smith, a Ph.D. Candidate in the English department, won the Kenneth Burke Prize in Rhetoric for her essay "'One Shot' Harris and the Pittsburgh Courier: Photojournalism and Community Historiography."


Dr. Robert Asen delivers 'Lives Lived Together'
Dr. Brad Vivian, CDD Director, and Morgan Johnson, graduate student recipient of the 2018 Nancy and Joseph Birkle Engagement Award


Brian Anthony Davis, undergraduate recipient of the 2018 Nancy and JosephBirkle Engagement Award, and Dr. Brad Vivian, CDD Director
Emily Smith, recipient of the 2018 Kenneth Burke Prize in Rhetoric, and Dr.Debra Hawhee, McCourtney Professor of Civic Deliberation

Call for Applications: Center for Democratic Deliberation Dissertations Fellows (2018-19)

The Center for Democratic Deliberation is pleased to announce the 2018-19 Dissertation Fellows Program, in conjunction with the College of the Liberal Arts (CLA) and the Humanities Initiative Dissertation Release Program. Please see the following link for full applications guidelines: CDD Dissertation Fellows Call - Spring 2018

The Center for Democratic Deliberation is pleased to announce its annual calls for the Kenneth Burke Prize and the Nancy and Joseph Birkle Award.

The Kenneth Burke Prize recognizes exemplary scholarship on rhetoric by a graduate student—whether from historical, critical, or theoretical perspectives—in the form of a single essay. T he Birkle Award honors graduate and undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts who have made significant efforts to enhance the state of civic engagement and public discourse concerning important issues. The awards will be presented at the the CDD banquet, following the Kenneth Burke Lecture (on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at the Nittany Lion Inn, 6:00 p.m.). 

See the following awards calls for compete submission information and deadlines: