University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

The economy and the need for soft skills is the focus of Oct. 31 lecture

Ronald Greene will speak at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, in 334 O'Kelly Hall. He will discuss how the call to improve "soft skills" pushes rhetorical education closer to the economy and away from its historical attachment to politics. He will trace the role of rhetorical communication in the cultivation of "soft skills" in economic thinking, economic debates, and economic practices.

Greene bases this talk on his award winning essay, “Another Materialist Rhetoric” for which he will receive the Charles H. Woolbert Research Award this year at the National Communication Association convention. This award is "given to a journal article or book chapter that has stood the test of time and has become a stimulus for new conceptualizations of communication phenomena."

Greene is professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies, University of Minnesota. His visit is sponsored by the Communication Program and the Communication Graduate Student Alliance as part of the Communication Graduate Colloquium Series.

-- Joyce Muz, Communication Program, 777.2159,

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