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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.