Geaux Rhetoric Speaker Series

RSA@LSU strives to create events that help connect graduate students, faculty, and community members who are interested in the study of rhetoric, culture, and communication. Our mission is to promote understandings of rhetorical praxis and scholarship that advance social justice. As part of that mission, we host a series of public talks by scholars, activists, and teachers of communication and rhetoric.

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Fall 2020 Geaux Rhetoric Speaker Series

Dr. Jo Hsu: "Homing Story: Constellating Trans and Queer Asian American Rhetorics."
Tue, Dec 01
Dec 01, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM CST
For LGBTQ+ Asian Americans, who are often excluded from U.S. national imaginaries, Hsu posits storytelling as queer diasporic “homing,” or a means of composing community unbound from any fixed locale.
Dr. Abraham I. Khan: "After Persuasion: Reframing the Revival of Black Athlete Activism"
Wed, Dec 02
Dec 02, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM CST
Khan discusses the sports media resurgence of Black athlete activism that anchors the rediscovery of Black athletes’ political agency in terms that emphasize the power of persuasive speech, rather than identifying Black athletes’ collective labor power.
Dr. Rebecca de Souza: "The Stigma of Hunger"
Thu, Dec 03
Dec 03, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM CST
Drawing on her book Feeding the Other: Whiteness, Privilege, and Neoliberal Stigma in Food Pantries (MIT Press, 2019), de Souza shows how food pantries stigmatize their clients through a discourse that emphasizes hard work, self-help, and economic productivity rather than food justice.

About Speakers


Dr. Jo Hsu is an assistant professor of Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Texas at Austin, where they are also core faculty in the Center for Asian American Studies and a faculty affiliate of the LGBTQ Studies Program. Broadly speaking, Jo’s research interweaves gender studies, disability studies, and critical race studies to examine the interrelations of these social categories. They are interested in how expectations around racialized, gendered bodily norms affect the life chances and opportunities of those excluded by those very narratives. Their work can be found in disciplinary journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Women’s Studies in Communication, and College Composition and Communication. Their creative writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and can be found in Kartika Review, Color Bloq, and other literary outlets. Throughout their (often wayward and meandering) academic journey, Jo has been fortunate to have the support of generous mentors and co-conspirators, and they strive to further these forms of mutual care and collaborative worldbuilding.


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