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March 2009 - Fellowship Takes Cheryl Glenn to Cape Town

Cheryl Glenn, co-director of the CDD, has been awarded the first A.W. Mellon Fellowship in rhetorical studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Glenn will spend late spring and early summer in South Africa, where she will teach and lecture at UCT’s Centre for Rhetoric Studies. The A.W. Mellon Foundation’s major contribution to UCT’s Faculty of Humanities is designated for bringing in outstanding scholars who will enrich departmental research cultures and academic endeavors. Visiting fellows teach at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, interact with doctoral and postdoctoral fellows, and participate in research projects in the UCT Faculty.

April 2009 - Call for Burke Prize

April 2009

Penn State’s Center for Democratic Deliberation is pleased to announce the seventeenth Kenneth Burke Prize in Rhetoric, to be awarded to the best essay written by a graduate student in a liberal arts discipline on the subject of rhetoric in its many forms—as historical, critical, pedagogical, aesthetic, or theoretical discourse.

Papers written for seminars or conferences, or composed specifically for the Burke Prize, are all welcome. The essays, which should have been composed over the last year, will be judged on the basis of their scholarship, significance, and rhetorical artistry. (Essays submitted previously for the prize should not be resubmitted.) A prize of $200.00 will be awarded to the winning graduate student.

Graduate students should submit three copiestheir essays to Christi Daniels, 104 Burrowes Building (mailbox in 139 Burrowes Building), by Monday, April 13. Include a cover sheet with your name and the essay’s title. Your name should not appear anywhere in the essay itself.

The Burke Prize will be announced and awarded before the Annual Kenneth Burke Lecture on Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 7 pm in 100 Thomas Building.

May 2009 - New CDD Fellows

The CDD is pleased to annouce the recipients of its Graduate Fellowships for Fall 2009 and Spring 2010. Congratulations to David Green, Fall 2009 Fellow, and to Una Kimokeo-Goes and Sara Ann Mehltretter, Spring 2010 Fellows.

October 2009 - Hooman Majd

Hooman Majd spoke on October 15 in the Foster Auditorium on Iran -- America's top foreign policy concern. Who are Iranians? How did they come to be? And what do they really think about America? Majd's gift for explaining Iran's history and quirks to Western observers is evident in his book, The Ayatollah Begs to Differ. A New York Times bestseller, it was also the #1 foreign policy book and the #1 book on Islam at In 2008, it was named an Economist Book of the Year.

Majd was born in Iran and raised and educated in America. The son of an Iranian diplomat, and the grandson of an eminent Ayatollah, Majd has worked as an advisor and translator for two Iranian Presidents, Mohammad Khatami and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on their trips to the United States and the UN.

The talk was co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Program, Department of History & Religious Studies Program, the Rock Ethics Institute, the Migration Studies Project, the Schreyer Honors College, and the Department of Political Science.

Read the Penn State Live article about this event.

October 2009 - J. Michael Hogan "Research Unplugged"

J. Michael Hogan, co-director of the Center for Democratic Deliberation, hosted Penn State's "Research Unplugged" on Wednesday, October 21 at the Downtown Theatre in State College.  The topic of Dr. Hogan's lecture was "Deliberation or Disruption?  Lessons from the Town Hall Meetings on Health Care."

Research Unplugged is not just another lecture series. It's an idea based on Café Scientifique, a university-town phenomenon that began a few years ago in the U.K. The concept is to create an informal forum, open to all, for exploring ideas—to foster public dialogue and energize conversations about issues that matter.

Research Unplugged gathers on Wednesdays at noon in the gallery of the Penn State Downtown Theatre, a great conversation space in a popular location. Downtown restaurants provide light refreshments at no cost to guests. The afternoon begins with a 10-15 minute introduction of the topic, followed by an open floor for questions and discussion.


October 2009 - Dean and Rove Debate Healthcare

Howard Dean and Karl Rove - Debate on Healthcare

Howard Dean and Karl Rove

Dean (former Governor of Vermont and Chairman of the Democratic National Committee) and Rove (former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush) came to Eisenhower Auditorium to give a joint lecture on the topic of healthcare.

The Center for Democratic Deliberation was a co-sponsor of this event.  CDD co-director J. Michael Hogan and the CDD Graduate Fellows had the opportunity to visit with both Rove and Dean during their visit. 


Karl Rove   


Howard Dean

March 2010 - Cheryl Glenn Visits Norway


Cheryl GlennCDD co-director Cheryl Glenn recently gave two lectures on rhetoric and gender at the Norwegian School of Business in Oslo. Read more about these lectures here (Google translation).

March 2010 - Professor Karen Tracy

The Center for Democratic Deliberation welcomed Professor Karen Tracy, University of Colorado, Boulder to speak to the Penn State community on March 19 and 20, 2010. . Professor Tracy is the inaugural author in the CDD’s new book series with the Penn State University Press, “Rhetoric and Democratic Deliberation.” Tracy discussed her forthcoming book, Challenges of Ordinary Democracy, on Friday, March 19 and was the featured speaker at a Rhetoric Reading Group meeting on March 20th.

March 2010 - Debate Society Public Debate

A Penn State Debate Society public debate was held on March 31st at 7 pm in 104 Thomas Building. The topic of the parliamentary style debate was Resolved: that the drinking age of 21 is a failed policy. Three speakers represented the government (pro) and three represented the opposition.

March 2010 - Salazar Delivers Burke Lecture

The Eighteenth Annual Kenneth Burke Lecture in Rhetoric featured speaker, Philippe-Joseph Salazar, Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric, University of Cape Town. Professor Salazar's talk, "Managing the Public: Melancholy Remarks on Rhetorical Technologies" was held in Alumni Lounge of the Nittany Lion Inn on Saturday, March 27th at 7:00 pm.



Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric, Philippe-Joseph Salazar