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Juniata English Professor to Lecture on Origins of Rhetoric

(Posted September 4, 2007)

David Hutto, assistant professor of English

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- David Hutto, assistant professor of English at Juniata College, will explain how the ancient Greeks created the study of rhetoric in the lecture \"Telling Lies and Inventing Rhetoric in the Greek Epic.\" at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12 in Neff Lecture Hall in the von Liebig Center for Science on the Juniata campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. The lecture is part of the Bookend Seminar Lecture Series, which features afternoon lectures each month by Juniata faculty. Hutto will detail the aspects of Greek culture in its literature and religious practices that ultimately led to the study of rhetoric. To illustrate his points, Hutto will discuss Egyptian \"wisdom literature\" and its influences on the Greek epic \"The Odyssey.\" He also will address both the Greek and Egyptian conceptions of the afterlife. Hutto joined Juniata\'s faculty in 2005 as an assistant professor of English from Rowan University, in Glassboro, N.J., where he was assistant professor of English from 2000 to 2005. He earned a bachelor\'s degree in Russian language from West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va. in 1980. He went on to earn a master\'s degree in Russian literature in 1982 from Purdue University and a master\'s degree in English literature and composition in 1988 from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C. He earned a doctoral degree in rhetoric and composition from Georgia State University in 1998 in Atlanta, Ga. Before teaching at Rowan University, he worked as an assistant professor of English at Georgia Perimeter College (formerly Dekalb College) in Atlanta, Ga. from 1995 to 2000. He worked as an adjunct instructor and instructor at Dekalb College from 1991 to 1995. He has published articles in such journals as Technical Communication Quarterly, Humanities in the South and Rhetorica. He has published his fiction in Artists & Madmen, Skylark, Crazyhorse, Blue Moon Review and other journals.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.