Series of lectures offered as part of the Introductory Writing Studies course


ALTOONA, Pa .– Six professionals in a variety of careers who write and study writing will offer brief lectures throughout the spring semester of 2022. The lecture series is offered as part of the Intro to Writing Studies course, which develops the students’ rhetorical skills in critical and creative writing genres and introduces them to how they can be used in their future careers.

Anyone wishing to attend a conference should contact Assistant English Professor Kyle King at [email protected] for more information. The guest speaker series is sponsored by the English Program and the Arts and Humanities Division at Penn State Altoona.

  • Abraham Iqbal KhanFriday January 28, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. Khan, author of “Curt Flood in the Media: Baseball, Race, and the Demise of the Activist Athlete,” is a rhetoric scholar specializing in research on civic engagement and African American politics and social life, with particular emphasis on black athletes. and the history of sport in the United States. He will talk about his journey to become a teacher and how he approaches the art of rhetorical criticism.
  • Krista QuesenberryFriday February 18, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. Quesenberry is an Assistant Professor of English at Albion College where she teaches professional and technical writing and advises student media. She studies autobiographical comics on experiences of illness, disease and disability, and her work has been published in “Life Writing”, the “Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics” and “More Critical Approaches to Comics”. She holds a dual doctorate in English and Feminist Studies from Penn State.
  • Amy Packard FerroWednesday March 23, 11:15 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. With over 15 years of experience in book advertising, Ferro has worked at four different publishing houses promoting serious non-fiction books, including Barricade Books, Encounter Books, and Oxford University Press. Ferro is currently a Senior Publicist at Oxford University Press and works from his home office in Pennsylvania.
  • Brooke Ricker SchreiberFriday April 1 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. Schreiber is an Assistant Professor of English at Baruch College, CUNY, where she teaches second-language writing and linguistics classes. His research focuses on second-language writing pedagogy and teacher training, as well as Global English and Translingualism. His work has been published in journals such as “TESOL Quarterly”, “ELT Journal” and the “Journal of Second Language Writing”. She is co-editor of “Linguistic Justice on Campus: Pedagogy and Advocacy for Multilingual Students”.
  • Marley ParishFriday April 8 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. The parish covers the Pennsylvania Senate for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Previously, she reported on government, education, and community issues for the Daily Times Center at State College, Pa., And has a background in writing, editing, and design. A graduate of Allegheny College, Parish majored in English and was editor of the student newspaper.

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