Decolonizing Rhetorical Studies: A Discussion of Darrel Wanzer-Serrano's The New York Young Lords and the Struggle for Liberation

Sponsor: American Society for the History of Rhetoric
Sat, 11/18: 11:00 AM  - 12:15 PM 
Room: Plaza Ballroom A - Third Floor 
In The New York Young Lords and the Struggle for Liberation, Darrel Wanzer-Serrano details the numerous community initiatives that advanced decolonial sensibilities in El Barrio and beyond. Using archival research and interviews, he crafts an engaging account of the Young Lords' discourse and activism. He rescues the organization from historical obscurity and makes an argument for its continued relevance, enriching and informing contemporary discussions about Latinx/@ politics. In addition, his work is one of the first significant attempts in the field of rhetoric to take up decolonial scholarship by putting it into conversation with rhetorical studies. This panel discussion will focus on Wanzer-Serrano's book, bringing together three scholars who will offer their interpretations and analysis of the work before offering Professor Wanzer-Serrano an opportunity to respond. In doing so, this panel discussion will further conversations about new and important work in the field of rhetoric studies.


Heather Ashley Hayes, Whitman College  - Contact Me


Lisa A. Flores, University of Colorado, Boulder  - Contact Me
Kent A. Ono, University of Utah  - Contact Me
Vincent Pham, Willamette University  - Contact Me


Darrel Wanzer-Serrano, University of Iowa  - Contact Me


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