The Rhetoric Society
of America Conference


. . . was initiated and first organized and directed by Charles Kneupper (Associate Professor) at UTA.

Charles gave three conferences and was planning a fourth one when he died in November, 1989:

The first conference was held on July 20-22, 1984. The theme was "Oldspeak/Newspeak: Rhetorical Transformations." The Keynote Address was presented by Lloyd Bitzer: "George Orwell's Rejection of Tyrannical Rhetoric."

The second conference was held on May 29-June 1, 1986. The theme was "Visions of Rhetoric: History, Theory and Criticism." The Keynote Address was presented by Edward P. J. Corbett: "Where are the Snows of Yesteryear? Has Rhetoric Come a Long Way in the Last Twenty-Five Years?"

The third conference was held on May 26-29, 1988. The theme was "Rhetoric and Ideology: Compositions and Criticisms of Power." The Keynote Address was presented by James A. Berlin: "Rhetoric Programs after World War II: Ideology, Power and Conflict." ...

The fourth conference was held on May 24-27, 1990. The theme was "Realms of Rhetoric: Phonic, Graphic, Electronic." The Keynote Address was presented by Karlyn Khors Campbell, "Genre and Culture: The Test Case of Women's Rhetoric." This fourth conference, started by Charles, was finally directed and completed by Victor J. Vitanza and Michelle Ballif.

After Charles's death, the RSA Conferences were hosted by different insitutions and at different locations. In honor of Charles, the RSA executive committee announced the Charles Kneupper Award for the best article published each year in The Rhetoric Society Quarterly.

The most recent RSA Conference by a UTA Program Chair, C. Jan Swearingen, was in 1998.










Here is a rare pic of Jim Berlin,
wearing his P/T button (taken at the first RSA Conference).


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