Marshall alumnus to return as visiting scholar Oct. 28


ToddSnyderDr. Todd Snyder, who received both B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from Marshall University, will return to the university’s Huntington campus Tuesday, Oct. 28 as a visiting scholar. He will speak from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Shawkey Dining Room in the Memorial Student Center.

Snyder, now an assistant professor of English at Siena College in Loudonville, New York, is returning to Marshall to celebrate the publication of his first book, The Rhetoric of Appalachian Identity, which, according to the promotional material from the publisher, “blends critical theory, ethnographic research, and personal narrative to demonstrate how family work histories and community expectations both shape and limit the academic goals of potential Appalachian college students.”

“Todd’s thinking about these issues of identity, social class, and language first began during his studies at Marshall,” said Dr. Kelli Prejean, associate professor of English at Marshall, “and he is thrilled to return to Huntington to discuss his research and teaching.”

In addition to the event at the Memorial Student Center, Snyder will be appearing at Empire Books and News in Huntington from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, to sign copies of the book.

More information on the author may be viewed online at  www.hillbillyspeaks.com/. The events of Oct. 26 and 28 also are on Facebook: book signing at Empire Books (https://www.facebook.com/events/1478500725733328/) and Oct. 28 speaking event (https://www.facebook.com/events/635142343273345/).