Huglen to Present at Colloquium on Modern Rhetoric Scheduled for October 22-24, 2009, in Minneapolis, Minn.

Crookston, Minn.  -  With a focus on modern rhetorical theory, a colloquium scheduled for Huglen_Mark 7150.jpglate October will feature a presentation by University of Minnesota, Crookston Associate Professor Mark Huglen. The colloquium will be held Thursday, October 22 through Saturday, October 24, 2009, at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus. Huglen's presentation on persuasion in communication will take place at 11:30 a.m. at 125 Nolte Center during a break out session that will spotlight aspects of 20th Century rhetoric.

The colloquium follows the work of the original Reconfiguring Rhetorical Studies Collaborative that took place in fall 2007 and developed around an interest in interdisciplinarity.

The  presentation by Huglen is based on a chapter in his upcoming book, Persuasion: Strategy and Critique in Language and Human Relations. The chapter explores seven approaches to persuasion.  These approaches include Aristotelian, language and human relations, media, political communication, psychological, rhetoric of science, and social science. While these approaches may seem separate or singular, they merge and interrelate and can be used to discern understanding. Language is the thread that runs through the seven approaches and holds them together.  
Huglen has been at the U of M, Crookston since 1996. He teaches communication courses in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Department and is the author of several books, including Poetic Healing: A Vietnam Veteran's Journey from a Communication Perspective.

Along with Huglen, conveners for the colloquium include: David Beard (Writing Studies, UM-Duluth), David Gore (Communication Studies, UM-Duluth), Richard Graff (Writing Studies, UM- Twin Cities), Alan Gross (Communications Studies, UM- Twin Cities), Kenneth Marunowski (Writing Studies, UM-Duluth), Elizabeth Nelson (Communication Studies, UM-Duluth), Michael Pfau (Communication Studies, UM-Duluth), Arthur Walzer (Communications Studies, UM - Twin Cities).

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Contact: Mark Huglen, associate professor, communication, 218-281-8275 (; Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (