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Worth Sharing: Hankins Honored for His Work with Cultural Burning

Don Hankins leans on a shovel while he smiles and stands beneath a tree during a prescribed fire exercise
Jason Halley / University Photographer

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Publications, Presentations, and Exhibits

Laura Sparks’ (Department of English) monograph, titled “Rhetoric in the Time or Torture,” was published on October 15. Sparks’ publication investigates how rhetoric and interrogational torture are imbricated with one another, troubling clear distinctions between persuasion and violence.

Awards, Honors, and Activities

The California Invasive Plant Council honored Don Hankins (Department of Geography and Planning) with its Ryan Jones Catalyst Award for his work bringing indigenous land management practices (cultural burning) into today’s stewardship community. Hankins received the award during the final day of the California Invasive Plant Council’s 32nd annual Symposium—which was hosted by Chico State.

The Princeton Review honored Chico State by including the University on its Green Colleges 2024 list.