Each year the Department invites a nationally recognized scholar to teach an intensive course in his or her area of expertise. Dr. Blake Scott, Professor of Writing and Rhetoric from the University of Central Florida, is scheduled to lead the 2015 Graduate Summer Scholars course titled, "Public Engagements of Health and Medicine: Rhetorical Explorations" from June 15-19 in Minard 118.
Author of the book, "Risky Rhetoric: AIDS and the Cultural Practices of HIV Testing," Dr. Scott will emphasize the methodology and analytic tools to advance public discourse on issues that affect all of us. Students will engage in the rhetoric of health and medicine, focusing on patients, advocacy groups and other community health stakeholders.
As a group, the class will delve into two rhetorical inquiries – a new HIV prevention drug and breast cancer advocacy. Students will then analyze and rhetorically study a health or medical controversy of their own choosing.
Past Summer Scholars:
2012 Summer Scholar, Dr. Heather Dubrow, Fordham University
2011 Summer Scholar, Dr. Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, University of North Dakota.
2010 Summer Scholar, Dr. Malea Powell, Michigan State University.
2009 Summer Scholar, Dr. Anne Ruggles Gere, University of Michigan.