Candice Rai: On Hope, Invention, and Politics in the Ruins of Democracy


Writing & Rhetoric Across Borders Speaker Series

Join the Writing, Rhetoric & Discourse Department and author Candice Rai on

Friday, October 27 from 1:00-2:30 PM
McGowan South 105

Drawing on fieldwork that documents contests over public space and affordable housing initiatives in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, this presentation explores the promises and pitfalls of liberal democracy. Rai will examine rhetoric as an ethical art of listening across radical difference and within politically fraught situations in which we must finally act from a place of complicity and without certainty of success.

Candice Rai is an Associate Professor of English and the Director of the Expository Writing Program at the University of Washington. She is the author of Democracy’s Lot: Rhetoric, Publics, and the Places of Invention.