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Very sad news...

Submitted by Cynthia on January 8, 2013 - 5:41pm

RIP Jim Aune. You were instrumental in so much here at The Blogora and elsewhere in the field.


RSA Webinar

Submitted by Cynthia on February 13, 2012 - 11:45am

The first RSA webinar is being held this Friday afternoon, February 17, from 3:30-4:30pm EST. Information about logging in to the real-time MOO presentation (by Cynthia Haynes of Clemson University) is here:

The webinar coincides with the keynote presentation entitled, "Open Source Rhetorics."


The Girl Effect

Submitted by Cynthia on December 1, 2008 - 8:51am

One of our Master's students, Dan Richards, posted this to our TA blog's pretty cool.


The Meaning of Thanksgiving

Submitted by Cynthia on November 25, 2008 - 12:14pm

Be sure to have your tissues nearby before watching this one.


Obamage collage

Submitted by Cynthia on November 19, 2008 - 8:03am

Scott Rettberg posted this link on FB to a cool net art piece by Michael Takeo Magruder about Obama's election night speech.


To all the people who serve(d )-- Thank you

Submitted by Cynthia on November 11, 2008 - 8:32am



Ouch, Stanley

Submitted by Cynthia on November 10, 2008 - 8:14am

In today's NYT, Stanley Fish serves up some blame in the torture blame game, and guess where he goes: rhetoric. "The emphasis is not on what is true, but on what works, what gets results even if the results are obtained by torture. If the testimony you are citing has been elicited by torture, just say that 'it was in order to discover the truth that our ancestors wished to make use of torture' ('Rhetorica ad Herennium')."


It's happening

Submitted by Cynthia on November 4, 2008 - 10:20pm



The liberal academic myth?

Submitted by Cynthia on November 3, 2008 - 12:55am

In "Professors' Liberalism Contagious? Maybe Not" the NY Times reports on a study that counters the widely held conservative view that academia is indoctrinating students with liberal politics...and changing them. Not so, says this study. So much for the pressure to create faculty positions in conservatism and watchdog departments. Now, if those conservatives would just stop stealing our Obama signs from our front yards, come Nov 5th we might just teach them a thing or two about rhetorical ethos.


Never find out how to Think Beyond Rhetoric

Submitted by Cynthia on October 28, 2008 - 8:15am

Soft money ads from places like are flooding the airwaves. One series in particular will end with this button image:
My question: How can 'never find out' be a means to 'think beyond rhetoric'?