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In Other Rhetoric News

Submitted by Jim Aune on April 1, 2011 - 11:39pm

Northwestern wins the NDT this year. And the winners set a record, to boot. In a just universe, this would get as much coverage as the Final Four. (Damn that Glenbrook North! speaking as a former coach at Highland Park.)


The Art of Theory

Submitted by Jim Aune on April 1, 2011 - 11:20pm

An important new open access political theory journal. I'm looking forward especially to the Spring 2011 issue, with an interview with Quentin Skinner.


Well Said. . . .

Submitted by Jim Aune on April 1, 2011 - 8:05pm

With all due respect to Stanley Fish and others who urge us to “save the world on our own time,” I say we have a duty to help our fellow citizens reclaim their democracy from the corrupt, ill-tempered, and hyper-partisan “quacks” who have hijacked our public sphere. People are not born citizens; they must be educated for citizenship, and communication studies has an important—indeed, a central—role to play in that effort. --J. Michael Hogan, here.


Reading/Writing (in) Books

Submitted by Jim Aune on April 1, 2011 - 7:12pm

I'm trying to, um, "grasp" object-oriented ontology at the moment, and found this useful bit of reflections on how to write in the margins of books useful. It mirrors a bit my own practice: I put x's on a scale from 1 x to 4 to highlight passages, and then write a summary of the really important ones in the front cover of the book.


A Simple Solution

Submitted by Jim Aune on March 30, 2011 - 8:00pm

By my understanding, there is nothing in any university regulations that says that faculty have to: a) use the university email system, or b) even respond to emails at all. It is mostly a courtesy to our colleagues, students, department heads, and the people on the Dark Side of Administration. Perhaps the simple solution to the Wisconsin, Michigan, and, coming soon to a university near you, problem is to completely de-link from all university email systems. I know of several senior scholars, including one at my own university, who do not use email at all. What do you think?


Douche Rhetorician of the Week

Submitted by Jim Aune on March 30, 2011 - 7:55pm

A new Blogora feature. This week: Clarence Thomas.


Now Michigan

Submitted by Jim Aune on March 29, 2011 - 3:25pm

The Kochtopus hits Labor Studies faculty in Michigan with email requests.


Obama on Libya

Submitted by Jim Aune on March 29, 2011 - 8:44am

Full text here. My tentative reaction is that this was pitched too high for American intelligence, but its main impact may be on foreign audiences. Juan Cole finally persuaded me on the issue of intervention here. Other thoughts?


Tam Lin

Submitted by Jim Aune on March 27, 2011 - 6:25pm


Debate for the Week: Culture Industry

Submitted by Jim Aune on March 26, 2011 - 11:37pm

Resolved: as much as possible (with the exception of passing classroom examples), teachers of rhetoric should avoid the analysis of "popular" culture (or the products of the Consciousness Industry, depending on your point of view) in undergraduate AND graduate courses.