ASHR COVID-19-Relief Micro-Grants

Dear Rhetoricians:

We are tendering $50 micro-grants to support non-tenure-track rhetoricians (graduate students, post-docs, teaching faculty, lecturers, adjuncts, “alt-ac”ers). It is not much, but it might enable the purchase of a book for comps or a round of groceries. At this point, we can award only 15 micro-grants, but we hope to offer them again in the coming months. 

To apply, please email the name, position (including university/college, if applicable), and preferred email address of the person (perhaps yourself) who could use this support to ASHR President, Michele Kennerly, at kennerly AT psu DOT edu. This information will not be stored or shared. The grant will come via PayPal, unless the applicant specifies a preference for a check.

These little grants will be divided in the following way: 10 are reserved for the first 10 applicants who fit the non-tenure-track rhetorician criterion and provide the information in the paragraph above; 5 are reserved for the first 5 people fitting that criterion but nominated by an advisor, mentor, or friend, out of acknowledgment that not everyone who could use the modest sum will see this notice or, maybe, feel comfortable applying directly.

Additionally, grant recipients who are members will receive a one-year extension of their membership; grant recipients who are not members will receive a one-year membership.

If you would like to donate to this initiative, click here.


Michele Kennerly, ASHR President
Allison Prasch, ASHR Membership Coordinator
Bjørn Stillion Southard, ASHR Treasurer
& the rest of the ASHR Steering Committee

ASHR Interview: Ned O’Gorman

In the latest ASHR interview, I speak with Professor of Communication Ned O’Gorman (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) and new editor of Journal for the History of Rhetoric (formerly Advances in the History of Rhetoric). Professor O’Gorman is the author of Politics for Everybody: Reading Hannah Arendt in Uncertain TimesLookout America! The Secret Hollywood Film Studio at the Heart of the Cold WarThe Iconoclastic Imagination: Image, Catastrophe, and Economy in America since the Kennedy Assassination, and Sprits of the Cold War: Contesting Worldviews in the Classical Age of American Security Strategy. In addition to discussing his interest in the history of rhetoric, I also spoke to Professor O’Gorman about the change of our journal’s name to Journal for the History of Rhetoric, as well as what first-time submitters can expect from the review and publication process.  

Read moreASHR Interview: Ned O’Gorman

ASHR Interview: Krista Klocke

In this interview, I speak to Krista Klocke, a PhD student in Rhetoric and Professional Communication with a teaching assistantship in the Public Speaking Program at Iowa State University. Klocke’s paper, “Sacred Kairos and Secular Chronos: Angelina Grimke’s Negotiation of the Temporal and Eternal in the ‘Pennsylvania Hall Address,'” was the recipient of the 2018 ASHR Student Paper Award

Read moreASHR Interview: Krista Klocke

Call for Papers: ASHR at ECA

A Call for Papers from the American Society for the History of Rhetoric for the 111th Annual ECA Convention

Baltimore, Maryland: April 1 to April 5, 2020

Submission Deadline: October 14, 2019

The American Society for the History of Rhetoric invites completed papers and panel or roundtable proposals from scholars who take a historical approach to the study of rhetoric. We welcome submissions on all historical aspects of rhetoric, in all historical periods, and with reference to all intellectual, national, and cultural communities. Our scope includes, but is not limited to, historical approaches to rhetorical theory, discourse, criticism, pedagogy, and media studies. We especially welcome proposals that address the convention theme: HARBORING INNOVATION.

Read moreCall for Papers: ASHR at ECA