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Rhetoric, Writing, and Linguistics Speaker Series Department of English

James Chase Sanchez, “Salt of the Earth: The Rhetoric of White Supremacy”

In this talk, James Chase Sanchez argues that contemporary rhetoric of white supremacy is built around structures of preservation. Using ethnographic and autoethnographic research (along with film footage) from his hometown of Grand Saline, Sanchez pinpoints the ways communities preserve their white supremacy via tactics of identity-formation, storytelling, and silencing.


James Chase Sanchez is an Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at Middlebury College. His research interests are in cultural and racial rhetorics, public memory, and writing assessment. His research has appeared or is forthcoming in College Composition and Communication, Pedagogy, Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric, Present Tense, and Writing Program Administration. He also recently produced a documentary film, Man on Fire, which stems from his dissertation project and investigates why an elderly, white minister self-immolated in Sanchez’s hometown of Grand Saline, TX, in 2014 and attempts to uncover the racial history of this town. He has two books coming out this year, a co-authored monograph titled Race, Rhetoric, and Research Ethics, and a single authored monograph, Salt of the Earth: Rhetoric, Preservation, and White Supremacy. Sanchez is currently producing a documentary about two elite boarding schools with a shared history of covering up sexual abuse.

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Friday, May 7 at 3:30pm to 5:00pm

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Diversity & Inclusion, Humanities & Social Sciences


Current Students, Faculty & Staff, General Public

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