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Daniel HenkeGraduate, TA, Rhetoric & Professional CommunicationNational Communication Association 105th Annual Convention, Baltimore, MD. November 13-17, 2019
Playing the Trump Card:
A Rhetorical Analysis of Trump’s Twitter Tweets with a Postcolonial Lens in Response to Hurricane Maria

The devastation caused by Hurricane Maria created controversies by the people of Puerto Rico in response to the complicit neglect by Donald Trump and government agencies. In the wake of Hurricane Maria, Trump tweeted many times, and I argue that these tweets exhibit a form of colonial Othering, most notably through the concept of colonial mimicry (Bhabha, 1994). I argue that Trump’s tweets use manipulative pronouns to both blame the people of Puerto Rico for his poor response to the hurricane and also serve as a deflection technique to eschew responsibility for his inaction in the immediate aftermath.
Abby Dubisar



Associate Professor, Rhetoric & Professional CommunicationNational Women's Studies Association, San Francisco, CA, November 14-17, 2019
Feminist Food Activism: Connecting Public Science and Social Justice
We are hosting a discussion about feminist food activism. Applying a feminist orientation to food activism highlights how power and gender, as well as race, class, geographic location, ability, mobility, and more, are interlinked with food systems.
Sarah Chase CrosbyAssistant Teaching ProfessorNational Learning Communities Conference, Indianapolis, IN, November 14–16, 2019
Building Campus & Community Partnerships for Student Wellness & Activism
This presentation will focus on how we built our collaborative partnership and set up an innovative service-learning opportunity for students to grow their wellness and community activism skills. In particular, we will share our strategies of knowing your community, building intentional connections and learning opportunities, and infusing tenets of cultural responsiveness.

Presenting with Jazzmine Brooks, ISU OEO, Equity & Inclusion Coordinator.
Geoffrey SauerAssociate Professor, RPC
Invited Keynote Speaker, 2019 Michigan symposium celebrating World Usability Day, November 14, 2019
In an hour-long lecture describing why the history of usability and user experience design will be important to their near future, Dr. Sauer described why people from such a wide range of fields work to improve the quality of interactive content--including digital documents and websites, which are the focus of his own research. He talked about why labs such as the UX Lab (which is adjacent and connected to the new Durham 141 Advanced Communication classroom) represent a promising future for fields such as technical communication, web design, and user experience research.
Gary Ockey
Professor, Applied Linguistics & Technology
Invited Keynote SpeakerTEPS 20th anniversary conference: Dreaming of a new beginning, Seoul National University in Seoul Korea, November 1, 2019.
Assessing English as a Lingua Franca
English as a lingua franca researchers argue that language assessments focus too much on native speaker standards, including native speech varieties, grammatical forms, and idiomatic phrases. In this paper, I described ISU's English placement test, which focuses on the ability to communicate, which is in line with ELF researcher views, but I also pointed out that some attention needs to be paid to standardization and accuracy when assessing a language.
Elea Kaptain Senior, EnglishInternational Writing Centers Association Conference in Columbus, OH, October 16-19, 2019
“Tutorial Alliance and Session Success with Non-native English Speakers in the Writing Center.”
Colin PaytonPh.D. candidate, Rhetoric and Professional CommunicationInternational Writing Centers Association Conference in Columbus, OH, October 16-19, 2019
Facilitated a workshop titled, “Jargon and the Generalist: Practicing the Art of Uncertainty.”
David PerrinSenior, EnglishInternational Writing Centers Association Conference in Columbus, OH, October 16-19, 2019
“Improving Collaboration and Communication Among Writing Center Artisans.”