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ISHR 2019 Conference - Updated Program Posted

Here are some updates and reminders for the conference:

  1. A revised draft of the conference program has been put on the ISHR web site. We are considering this the “final” version, as we have to get the program to the printer. There have been a good number of changes since the last version, and thanks to those who have advised us that they will not attend. We’ve had a number of cancellations which have led to two-person sessions, but again we have preferred to leave cohesive sessions together even with two speakers.  We have also been forced to cancel a few sessions, and in some cases move the sole remaining speaker to another session. We have tried to move displaced speakers to sessions which have a close relationship to their topic.

  2. July 2 is the final day to get conference rates at the conference hotel, the Hotel Monteleone,

  3. We will have three plenary speakers: to open the conference, Cheryl Glenn will make a presentation in honor of the late Jan Swearingen, a long-time and highly respected ISHR member who passed away just before the previous conference; as noted in an earlier message, Richard E. White, historian and dean of LSU’s College of Business, will speak on Louisiana’s famous populist, governor, and US senator Huey P. Long; and Marc van der Poel will end the formal conference and begin his ISHR presidency with the traditional presidential plenary address. His plenary will be on topics and commonplaces in antiquity and beyond. CLICK HERE to register if you have not already done so. Please contact Kathie Cesa,, if you need assistance with registration.

  4. Another walking tour company has offered a discount. Lucky Bean Tours will give members $5 off any tours. Use the promotion code RHETORIC when registering online. Again, I know nothing of this group beyond what’s on the web site,

Best wishes,


Richardson Signature

Malcolm Richardson

President, International Society for the History of Rhetoric
Interim Dean, The Graduate School
Dr. J.F. Taylor Professor of English
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

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