Kassie LampOver the past six years I have served ASHR as an at-large member, membership coordinator, and vice president.  In that time, I have watched ASHR’s membership steadily grow under the leadership of past presidents Ned O’Gorman, Dave Tell, and Susan Jarratt.  Their dedication to keeping membership rates low while providing affordable, high-quality programming through the ASHR Symposium, panels at NCA, and RSA Summer Institutes is a testament to their vision for the organization.

The society’s journal, Advances in the History of Rhetoric, now edited by Arthur Walzer and published by Taylor and Francis/Routledge, has also continued to reach a larger readership and receive more submissions than ever before. It is an honor to step into the ASHR presidency and continue the work of those who came before me.

At the moment, I am planning the 2016 ASHR Symposium: Rhetoric in situ.  The program currently features keynote lectures from top scholars in Communication (Dave Tell), English (Richard Leo Enos), and Landscape Architecture (Diane Favro) as well as research from scholars in all phases of their careers on many periods in the history of rhetoric—5th century Athens through the contemporary American cityscape.  I hope you will take a second to browse the program and consider joining us in Atlanta on May 26-27, just prior to RSA.  Thanks to the hard work of our Steering Committee and sponsors, the Symposium is free for ASHR members.

Kathleen S. Lamp, Department of English, Arizona State University

Upcoming Events


The American Society for the History of Rhetoric (ASHR) is preparing the program for its main biennial event. The symposium will be held at the Hilton Downtown, Atlanta, GA, May 26-27, 2016, immediately prior to the Rhetoric Society of America convention. The day-and-a-half gathering will feature three keynote addresses—by Diane Favro (UCLA), Richard Leo Enos (TCU), and Dave Tell (KU)—and four panels of competitively selected papers.

The ASHR Symposium has been a site of rich intellectual work animated by a collaborative ethos. AHSR prides itself on creating an environment in which scholars of all ages and all ranks join together for sustained inquiry into a given topic. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a new graduate student, please consider joining us for a stimulating discussion of “Rhetoric in situ.”

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Call for Papers: ASHR at NCA 2016

NCA’s 102nd Annual Convention, “Communication’s Civic Callings,” November 10-13, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA.

The American Society for the History of Rhetoric (ASHR) invites submissions in the form of individual papers, paper sessions, and panel discussions for the 102nd NCA Annual Convention in Philadelphia, PA. Submissions will be open from January 18 to March 30th 2016.

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