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Victor Villanueva
Victor Villanueva

Brackenridge visiting scholar lectures Sept. 13

By Lesli Hicks
Special Projects Writer, M.A. '07

(Sept. 10, 2007)--Victor Villanueva, a UTSA Brackenridge Distinguished Visiting Scholar, comes to UTSA next week to present two compelling lectures. The events are free and open to the public.

A professor of rhetoric and composition and chair of the English department at Washington State University, Villanueva will conduct two lectures in the Business Building University Room (2.02.04) at the 1604 Campus. He will speak on "Considering the Rhetorics of the New Racism" at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13 and "Remembering Memoria" at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14.

Villanueva is known for his examination of the relation of rhetoric, ideology and racism. His exploration of how they are manifested in literacy practices includes classical and contemporary rhetoric, cultural studies, world-systems theory, critical race theories and composition studies.

In 1993, his national award-winning book, "Bootstraps: From an American Academic of Color," describes his journey as a Brooklyn-born Puerto Rican high school dropout to an educator with a Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in rhetoric and composition studies.

Villanueva also is the author of "College Reading for Writing" (2002) and editor of "Cross-Talk in Comp Theory: A Graduate Reader" (second edition 2003), used in graduate classes across the nation to introduce students to the diverse and challenging field of teaching composition. He is co-editor of several other works, including "Language Diversity in the Classroom: From Intention to Practice" (2003) with Geneva Smitherman.

Villanueva has published more than 40 articles and reviews and delivered more than 60 presentations with 35 as keynote or featured addresses.

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