Vice President of Admissions and Financial Aid
Working with Palestinian students in admissions informed Dr. Holt’s interest in Israel/Palestine, eventually leading to several visits to the region and a dissertation research site in Bethlehem, West Bank. His dissertation examined how the symbolic meaning of two structures, Bethlehem Checkpoint 300 and the Israeli Anti-Terrorism Fence/Palestinian Apartheid Wall, were constructed in discourse. Many of the visual rhetorics associated with the Israeli/Palestinian conflict including Jerusalem, settlements, checkpoints, religious sites, the ID, and the Fence/Wall help to construct Palestinian and Israeli identity. Dr. Holt argued that Palestinians and Israelis read Bethlehem Checkpoint 300 and the Fence/Wall as symbolic texts that construct discourse in particular ways. The processes of looking and construction of the other were central to the shaping of the discourses operationalizing around the Fence/Wall.
You may hear Dr. Holt at your high school (speaking about admissions and financial aid) or at your civic group meeting or place of worship (speaking about semiotics and his perspective on Israel/Palestine).
Dr. Holt and his wife, Stephanie, enjoy mountain biking, hiking, traveling, and spending time with their two furry children, Fletcher and Bennett.
Ph.D., Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication with a special topic in Visual Rhetoric, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
M.A.R., Religion with an emphasis in Christian Thought, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC
B.A., Religion and Philosophy (double major), Carson-Newman University, Jefferson City, TN