Barry Brummett Endowed Lecture Fund

Barry Brummett Endowed Lecture Fund

We are incredibly excited about the establishment of the Barry Brummett Endowed Lecture. This annual event will bring to campus a renowned scholar of exceptional accomplishment to speak to students and faculty in the Communication Studies (CMS) Department at UT Austin. This endowed lectureship will be the first ever of its kind in the CMS Department.

The Lecture is named in honor of Dr. Barry Brummett, who is the Charles Sapp Centennial Professor Emeritus in Communication Studies. Following his initial academic jobs at Purdue University and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Brummett came to UT Austin in 2001—where he served as CMS Department Chair for 19 years. Over those nearly two decades, Brummett left an indelible mark on the department and college; thus, it is a fitting tribute to name this Lecture in his honor. Brummett is the author of numerous scholarly book monographs: A Rhetoric of Style, Rhetorical Dimensions of Popular Culture, Contemporary Apocalyptic Rhetoric, Rhetoric of Machine Aesthetics, The World and How We Describe It, and Rhetorical Homologies—as well multiple editions of two textbooks. He has edited Landmark Essays: Kenneth Burke, Uncovering Hidden Rhetorics, Sporting Rhetorics, Reading Rhetorical Theory, Sports and Identity, The Politics of Style and the Style of Politics, and The Rhetoric of Steampunk; moreover, he is author of numerous scholarly articles and chapters. Notably, Brummett also served as an advisor for dozens of students at UT Austin—including fundraising co-chairs Amy Young (Ph.D., 2007) and Luke Winslow (Ph.D., 2009).

Although we are incredibly grateful that Rod and Peggy Hart have generously donated the first $20,000 to this endowment, we still need to raise an additional $30,000 to fully fund the Barry Brummett Endowed Lecture. Thus, we need your donations—big and small—to achieve our $50,000 goal to make this endowed lectureship a reality. To make your contribution, use the link on this page. You may also reach out to CMS Department Chair Craig Scott ( for additional information and giving options.

Thank you for giving to the Barry Brummett Endowed Lecture. Your gift not only honors Barry, but helps us to sustain the vibrant intellectual community that Barry and his colleagues have built over the past several decades in the UT Austin Communication Studies Department.

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