HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 21, 2009 – Dr. William Carpenter, associate professor of English and director of the Writing Program at High Point University, recently gave a presentation, titled “Branding, Service Economies, and English Majors” at the Conference on the Future of English Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield.
The conference, which examines the place and role of English studies in contemporary society and higher education, was held Oct. 15 to 16.
In his presentation, Carpenter discussed the possibilities of an English degree and proposed ways for university departments to increase the value of a rhetorical education. He is co-planner of the conference, which is in its second year, along with a colleague from UIS.
“Planning the conference and my presentation has been rewarding work,” Carpenter says. “I get to meet teachers and scholars from around the country. I also use my research to shape the classes I teach here at HPU.”
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