Fresh Writing Published / August 2017

Volume 17 of Fresh Writing is now available at, featuring 27 essays written by first-year students in the Spring and Fall semesters of 2016. This year's volume includes many pieces that take up argument in ways that foreground the rhetorical virtues forwarded by our program, engaging a diverse range of topics and essay forms.

Also noteworthy: two students whose essays were published in previous volumes of Fresh Writing have been selected to appear in upcoming W. W. Norton publications. Joseph Krivda’s “The Wall” will appear in The Norton Sampler, and Gabriela Moro’s “Minority Student Clubs: Segregation or Integration?” is due to appear in They Say/I Say with Readings, 4th edition. Congratulations to these students on their accomplishment, and to the nominating faculty members for their excellent teaching!


Writing and Rhetoric Students Win Library Research Awards / May 5, 2017

Each year, the Hesburgh Library hosts the Undergraduate Library Research Award, and we are pleased to announce that two Writing and Rhetoric students have been recognized for their work:  

Alice Reid, a student in Arnaud Zimmern's Writing and Rhetoric class, "The Rhetoric of Father Hesburgh," has won 1st Place for a 1000-Level Course. While researching and writing her essay, "Hesburgh's Relationships: The Success Story of the Tantur Ecumenical Institute," Alice made extensive use of the Hesburgh Library's archival holdings. In his letter of nomination, Arnuad Zimmern observes that "Alice’s emotional intelligence and sensitivity to social tensions is beautifully on display as she deciphers Hesburgh's diplomatic rhetoric." He also notes that her essay is a "nuanced, persuasive, and eminently readable report of both a sociological and historical tenor, tracing the social network that made possible the Tantur Institute."  

Sarah Maazouz, a student in Erik-John Fuhrer's Community-Based Writing and Rhetoric class, won Honorable Mention for a 1000-Level Course. Sarah's project, "A Woman's Manifesto: Effects of the Perceptions of Women in Society," mimics, samples, and remixes sources from popular culture to form a unique argument about the ways women are barraged by external expectations that end up eliding their agency. Sarah demonstrated a dynamic use of research and a deep engagement with the sources and their contexts. 

Congratulations, Alice and Sarah!