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February 25, 2010

ULM to host the spring semester’s first “Traveling Scholar” March 16

The University of Louisiana at Monroe will host Dr. Kristan Poirot as part of the “Traveling Scholars” series, sponsored by the Department of Communication and the Speech and Debate Forum, from 6-8 p.m. on March 16 in Stubbs 100.

Poirot is an assistant professor of both communication and gender studies at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, where she teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses on feminist history and theory, rhetorical criticism, social movements and sexual politics.

Poirot will present a lecture titled “Engaging Community History: Reflections on Women in Aggieland,” which engages the rhetorical history of womanhood at TAMU by focusing on the controversy of women’s place in “Aggieland” (a nickname for TAMU). Poirot ties this into a discussion about how her role as a scholar is intertwined with her experiences as a teacher, mother, woman and member of her community.

Poitot’s research interests focus on the history of feminist rhetoric and contemporary feminist theory. Her work has appeared in several scholarly journals, including the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Women’s Studies in Communication and the Journal of Health Communication. She has also been recognized by the Organization for Research on Women in Communication and the National Communication Association for her research.

Poirot is the first of three “traveling scholars” to participate in this semester’s series. Communication faculty member Dr. Lesli Pace is responsible for creating and coordinating the speaking events. For more information contact her at 318-342-1165 or

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