The Blogora: The Rhetoric Society of America


Rhetorician in the News: Brett Lunceford

Submitted by syntaxfactory on November 28, 2014 - 8:48am

Rhetorician Brett Lunceford in the News (via Google Translate from Portugese)

Why public nudity shocks both?
Three women have become national issue by walking naked in the streets - a gesture capable of causing a stir in any society



Thoughts on a Difficult Time (from Barry Brummett, UT/Austin)

Submitted by syntaxfactory on November 26, 2014 - 9:54am

Words seem like poor consolation on a day when so many are in pain, but that's what I've got.

First, from Mr. Rogers: "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." To this day, especially in times of "disaster," I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world." -

And then from Jack Gilbert:
A Brief for the Defense
Sorrow everywhere. Slaughter everywhere. If babies


Advice sought by a doctoral student in Education: Crowdsourced Writing

Submitted by syntaxfactory on November 22, 2014 - 6:46pm

Query: Do you know of any people or other sources of information that say smart stuff about how to evaluate and assess crowdsourced writing that's part of a course assignment?"

Link for context:

Can anyone help?


Departmental Mergers

Submitted by syntaxfactory on November 19, 2014 - 1:23pm


If you have experienced a departmental merger of any sort, please email

Life is changing!


Are we citing older articles because they are more readily accessible?

Submitted by syntaxfactory on November 17, 2014 - 6:00pm


The researchers report that since 1990, the share of references to older articles has increased by 28%. Business, Economics & Management journals increased their share by 56%, and Computer Science by 39%. In contrast, Chemical & Material Sciences and Engineering both increased their share by just 2% and 3%, respectively.

The researchers explain their results by several changes in the way scholarly information is produced, disseminated, and discovered, including:


PhD program in Communication and Rhetoric at Rensselaer

Submitted by Katya Haskins on November 15, 2014 - 11:50am

PhD and MS/PhD Studentships in the Department of Communication and Media, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

The Department of Communication and Media has spaces available for a limited number exceptional students to begin their PhD or MS/PhD studies in Communication and Rhetoric in August 2015.

Students should apply through the Institute's portal:

Applications must be submitted by January 1, 2015 to be considered for Fall 2015 admission.


It's "Burke Week" at the "U.S. Intellectual History blog

Submitted by syntaxfactory on November 14, 2014 - 10:40pm

It's "Burke Week" at the "U.S. Intellectual History blog:


Rhetorically Speaking

Submitted by syntaxfactory on November 11, 2014 - 11:14am

Rhetorically Speaking

Interested in a rhetorical perspective on current political and cultural events? Check out Rhetorically Speaking, a blog run by graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Recent blog posts address such topics as homelessness, leaked celebrity photos, hip-hop and cultural exchange, and protests in Thailand. Graduate students and faculty post on Rhetorically Speaking, as well as guest posters from other academic institutions.

Visit Rhetorically Speaking at