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A Cruel Pedagogy

Submitted by cvcedillo on July 19, 2014 - 5:42pm

For info on the history and lingering effects of the harmful and destructive Indian schools, this article discusses some of those "archaic" laws that remain on the books:


Cultural Rhetorics Conference

Submitted by cvcedillo on March 23, 2014 - 6:09pm

Announcing the inaugural 2014 Cultural Rhetorics Conference: Entering the Conversation, hosted by the Cultural Rhetorics Theory Lab and the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University.

See for more details.


Rhetorics of silence

Submitted by cvcedillo on January 28, 2014 - 10:41pm

I came across this Daily Kos piece today, a transcript of Pete Seeger's appearance before the House Un-American Activities Committee on August 18, 1955.


Does Tenure Affect Pedagogy?

Submitted by cvcedillo on September 11, 2013 - 1:03am

In case you missed it, The Atlantic's take on the study out of Northwestern that says non-TT faculty outperform TT and tenured faculty when it comes to teaching freshmen undergraduates:

And one take on why the study's terms might not say much:


Torture Victims Ordered to Pay Contractors

Submitted by cvcedillo on September 6, 2013 - 11:05am

Arguments from CACI include that they were not being directly involved in acts of torture, and that they were not on U.S. soil at the time, and therefore out of U.S. jurisdiction. Yet the bigger argument being made may be that some bodies remain less human than others and that they can be made to pay to maintain even outsider status.


A First-generation College Education and Its Discontents

Submitted by cvcedillo on March 4, 2013 - 1:03pm

"When I got my M.A., I received congratulations. I also received an exhortation that it was time to get a job and stop this school foolishness, which was clearly a way to avoid a job. When I pulled out my National Council of Teachers of English card, my grandfather's first question was whether that meant I was union."


Scholarly Behaviors: Conferences vs. Classrooms

Submitted by cvcedillo on January 14, 2013 - 1:49pm

I came across a link to this article from _The Chronicle of Higher Ed_ today, and given that I'm currently working out my issues regarding habitus and bodily hexis, I thought I'd share.


Guns, Tragedy, and Romanticized History

Submitted by cvcedillo on July 23, 2012 - 6:23pm

This video featuring Bill Moyers speaks to the recent events in Aurora, Colorado. Moyers makes some valid points concerning how ridiculously attainable guns our in our country, and how the NRA has worked to block bans on semi-automatic weapons such as that used by "suspect" James Holmes in his attack on a crowd of theater-goers.


My Introductory Blog Entry; Or, How a Rhetoric Prof. Spends Her Summers

Submitted by cvcedillo on June 4, 2012 - 12:42am

Hello, All! It's great to finally join the Blogora after a long time of simply thinking about it.