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Literacy conference focuses on sustainability

October 23, 2007

The “2007 Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference: Sustainability” will take place Oct. 25-27 at the Memorial Union (MU) on ASU’s Tempe campus.

The conference provides a space for scholars in the Western region and beyond to come together and exchange research in rhetorics and literacies of sustainability from a range of disciplinary perspectives. In keeping with the spirit of a small gathering, the conference will be held in a professional but relaxed atmosphere and encourages interaction and discussion in presentation sessions.

Featured events include:

• 4-6 p.m., Oct. 25: “(Sustaining) A Home on the Range – An Evening of Cowboy Poetry,” Language and Literature building, room 165. More details can be found online at

• 9-10:15 a.m., Oct. 26: Keynote address, MU Alumni Lounge (room 202). Tarla Rai Peterson, the Boone & Crockett chair of wildlife and fisheries sciences at Texas A&M University, will speak on the topic of “From Family of Man to Biotic Community: Global Warming as Sustainability Primer.” More details can be found online at

The conference is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Institute for Humanities Research, the Department of English, ASU Writing Programs, Polytechnic Humanities and Arts, the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication and the Graduate College.

There is no registration fee for this conference, and all are welcome. For information about additional activities at the conference, visit the Web site