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Release: April 16, 2003

(Photo: McCloskey)

McCloskey To Speak At POROI Symposium April 25-26

Co-founder of the University of Iowa's Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry (POROI) and former UI professor Deirdre McCloskey will speak at a 2-day symposium Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26 at the University of Iowa. "Inquiring Minds Want To Know: Rhetorics of Inquiry for a New Century" will begin at 3 p.m. on April 25 and at 8:30 a.m. on April 26 in Room S401 in the Pappajohn Business Building. It is free and open to the public.

John Lyne, professor and chair of communication at the University of Pittsburgh, will join McCloskey and UI faculty for an investigation into the changing face of the academy, especially as it affects and is affected by changes in the rhetorical situations in which academic inquiry is conducted.

McCloskey is a former faculty member in the UI department of economics. She is currently a distinguished professor of economics, history, and English at the University of Illinois, Chicago and Tinbergen Professor of Philosophy, Economics, and Art and Cultural Studies at Eramsus University of Rotterdam.

UI participants in the symposium include: David Depew, communication studies; Barbara Eckstein, English; Daniel Gross, rhetoric; Eric Gidal, English; John Nelson, political science; Denise Powers, political science; Aimee Carillo Rowe, rhetoric; Alberto Segre, computer science; David Stern, philosophy; Thomas Swiss, English; James Throgmorton, urban and regional planning; Sara Townsend, education; Vershawn Ashanti Young, rhetoric and African American world studies.

The symposium is sponsored by POROI and the Graduate College. A complete schedule is available online POROI is an interdisciplinary research and study program involving faculty and students who focus on investigating the persuasive bases of scholarship. Its purpose is to improve academic inquiry, argumentation, and writing in the arts, humanities, sciences, and professions, especially at the intersections between disciplines.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact POROI in advance at 319-335-2753 or

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, Program: POROI, 319-335-2753 or Writer: Michelle Yong