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With Great Sadness, RSA Acknowledges the Passing of Dr. Daniel C. Brouwer

With Great Sadness, RSA Acknowledges the Passing of Dr. Daniel C. Brouwer

It is with great sadness that the Rhetoric Society of America acknowledges the death of Dr. Daniel C. Brouwer, Associate Professor of Communication and Rhetoric in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. Dr. Brouwer passed away unexpectedly yesterday, Wednesday May 26, 2021. 
 
A valued member of the Society and friend to many, Dr. Brouwer was scheduled to co-lead a workshop for the RSA/Syracuse 2021 Summer Institute with his frequent collaborator, Dr. Robert Asen. Together, Dr. Brouwer and Dr. Asen co-edited two books, Public Modalities: Rhetoric, Culture, Media, and the Shape of Public Life and Counterpublics and the State. In addition to his expertise in publics theory, Dr. Brouwer contributed important work in the areas of social movements, political resistance, gender studies, and queer rhetorical studies. His co-authored essay with Dr. Shuzhen Haung, "Coming Out, Coming Home, Coming With" in the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication was selected as the Outstanding Journal Article of 2018 by the International and Intercultural Communication Division of NCA. Dr. Brouwer's research into the mediated politics of the HIV/AIDS global pandemic is a touchstone for scholars of rhetoric and public discourse.  
 
Dr. Brouwer was a person of tremendous generosity and joy. The friends that he made at his graduate alma mater, Northwestern University (2000), and at Arizona State where he forged his career will miss his broad smile. Dan's playfulness along with his frequent invitations to join him at a restaurant or bar after a long day of conferencing will be long remembered. Dan's passing impacts many, but RSA is especially cognizant of the loss felt this week by those students and faculty with whom he collaborated most closely. As we gather virtually for a week of seminars, discussion, and workshops, please remember Dan and his commitment to advancing the interests and visibility of those who experience structural disadvantage in public life.
 
 
 
 

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