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Submitted by John W. Pell on September 26, 2013 - 11:41am

It is last week of September and I am assuming that all of us are back teaching, which means its time to take an annual inventory of the types of rhetorically focused being taught across our campuses. If you have a few moments, please respond to this post with courses titles and summaries, and if so inclined, please feel free to share course syllabi. This is a great way to see what our colleagues are up to and to get ideas for courses that might work at our institutions.

I look forward to reading about your courses.

To get the ball-rolling:

This year we launched EL 210 - Multimodal Composition. This course entitled "The Rhetoric of Complexity" asks students compose in number of media. Their work over the course of the semester will culminate in a TED style performance in which students attempt to convey a complex issue to a non-specialist audience. Students are allowed to present on any issue they find interesting and complex, but they must be able to demonstrate how this issue is important to the larger public.

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 28, 2013 - 5:43pm.

WRIT 8902, "Teaching College Writing," which desperately needs a new title (it's the pedagogy seminar, but it's not like other grad seminars are called "Reading British Literature" or "Analyzing Public Address."

WRIT 2506, "Introduction to Writing Studies, which is 30% curricular need, 30% student need, and 40% my passions.

WRIT 1506, "Literacy, Technology and Society," with units on information literacy, visual literacy, and (cultural) food literacy, all then applied to the case study of the 1920 lynching in Duluth, MN.

Submitted by Will Duffy (not verified) on September 29, 2013 - 10:00am.

David, that last course sounds especially interesting. I eventually want to hear more about it, including how you decided on a local case-study/context/event for the class/material to converge upon.

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 29, 2013 - 3:01pm.

I live in a town with a lynching. It percolates repeatedly and unsystematically in my teaching and research and service.

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