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Syracuse University’s Writing Program to Host Notre Dame’s John Duffy

Duffy to present ‘Rhetorical Virtues: The Ethical Discourse of the Writing Classroom’ on Wed., April 1 at 1 p.m.

March 31, 2015, by Sarah Scalese

John Duffy
John Duffy

The “Reimagining Student Writers” series presented by the Writing Program in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences will continue this week with a guest lecture by the University of Notre Dame’s John Duffy.

The lecture, titled “Rhetorical Virtues: The Ethical Discourse of the Writing Classroom,” is scheduled for Wednesday, April 1 at 1:00 p.m. in room 304 AB in The Hildegarde and J. Myer Schine Student Center. This event is free and open to the public. CART transcription for the hearing impaired will be provided.

The O’Malley Director of the University Writing Program and associate professor of English, Duffy will focus on the ethical dimensions surrounding all writing instruction. He will challenge instructors to consider how their work with students should move beyond a view of writing as instrumental in order to explore ways in which all language use shapes and reflects value systems and engages people in the formation of social relationships.

Duffy regularly publishes scholarly articles on the ethics of writing, the rhetoric of disability, and the historical development of literacy and rhetoric in cross-cultural contexts. In 2009, his book, Writing from These Roots, was awarded the 2009 Outstanding Book Award by the Conference on College Composition and Communication. He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and master’s degrees from University College in Dublin, Ireland and from Columbia University.

For more information, contact Lou Ann Payne by email at or by phone at 315.443.1083.

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