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English Department William J. and Yvonne M. Hyde Colloquium Series

Trans as Risk: Risk Communication in Anti-Transgender Rhetorics by Dr. Louise Zamparutti

In early 2020, Idaho introduced the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, banning transgender athletes from participating in sports. Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Florida soon followed with similar bills. Dr. Zamparutti's presentation analyzes the rise of anti-trans rhetoric in multiple forms of public discourse, integrating stasis theory with Kenneth Burke's concept of piety to show how transgender personhood, negated as trans, is abstracted into a nonhuman agent and communicated as a risk to cisgender individuals and to a cisgender worldview.

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  • 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, 2021


3310 Student Union
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