The Blogora: The Rhetoric Society of America



Submitted by syntaxfactory on November 18, 2013 - 6:27pm

For some reason today, after talking about mystification and invisible labor in my first-year literacy class, I walked over to the lights and turned them off, one by one. I said that if you believe (as I do, though I don't ask that my students believe it) that the Iraq War was about oil and energy policy, then you have to ask how many people were killed, how many people's deaths I had to forget, so I could leave all three of these lights on while I teach. Then, I walked to the window and opened the shades. It's an odd semester for me.


Jason Palmeri at UMD

Submitted by syntaxfactory on November 17, 2013 - 9:06pm

UMD will welcome Jason Palmeri by skype this week:
...and we are so excited!


RSA Series in Transdisciplinary Rhetoric

Submitted by syntaxfactory on November 12, 2013 - 10:32pm

The RSA Series in Transdisciplinary Rhetoric is an exciting new book series published by the Pennsylvania State University Press in collaboration with the Rhetoric Society of America. From its inception, rhetoric has been understood as a way of knowing and as a set of discursive practices that functions alongside other disciplines. That is, rhetoric has always been transdisciplinary, not only having a place within and among the sciences, arts, and other humanistic disciplines, but also calling into question the orthodoxies and paradigms of those fields.


NCA-Forum invites scholars to a double session on “Scholarly Metrics in a Digital Age”

Submitted by Adria on November 12, 2013 - 12:20am

NCA-Forum invites scholars to a double session on “Scholarly Metrics in a Digital Age”

Saturday, November 23
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM and 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Marriott Wardman Park
Room: Virginia A - Lobby Level


top five ways that women undermine their own authority

Submitted by syntaxfactory on November 10, 2013 - 10:23pm


Here are the top five ways that women undermine their own authority:

1) Ending their declarative sentences and statements on a verbal upswing or “lilt” that communicates self-doubt and deference. “My work is on Japan?” I focus on gender and transnationalism?”

2) Waiting their turn to interject contributions instead of diving in assertively, and seeking a collective experience rather than firmly expressing an individual viewpoint. {raises hand and waits…}


More Grants, via the Coalition for Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition

Submitted by syntaxfactory on November 7, 2013 - 12:04pm

Sponsor: British School at Athens
Program Number: 04544
Title: Centenary Bursaries
Web Site:
Program URL:
SYNOPSIS: The British School at Athens provides funding for
university graduates of Greek or Cypriot nationality for awards to
cover the expenses of a stay in the United Kingdom of short duration
for a specific project of study or research in any field in which the
British School is active.
Deadline(s): 01/24/2014



ATTW Web Editor

Submitted by syntaxfactory on November 4, 2013 - 10:33pm

ATTW Web Editor Position- Call for Applications

ATTW's Executive Committee requests applications for its Web Editor position, to begin January 1, 2014. The new Web Editor position is conceptualized much like that of a journal editor, with responsibilities and requirements for vision and decision-making to affect the ATTW organization as we take advantage of technological benefits and meet technological challenges in the growth and development of the organization.



Submitted by syntaxfactory on November 4, 2013 - 12:35am

The link is live for the Fall 2013 Issue 2.1 of Queen City Writers journal of undergraduate writing. This issue will remain live until the next issue next winter/spring; even then we’ll archive all issues. A piece that you reviewed appears in the current issue, so please take a look to see how your comments helped a student writer revise and improve. Students are celebrating this opportunity to share their work with potential employers, co-op and internship coordinators, professors, graduate schools, and of course their friends and family.


The Graduate Student and Their Struggles

Submitted by syntaxfactory on October 28, 2013 - 9:50pm

"What happens if, in these early efforts to survive, to stay afloat, new teachers learn to teach writing in a way that undermines the potential for the enduring, lasting contributions of instruction, even to their own development as teachers?" --Jessica Restaino, "First Semester" -- Prof. Restaino will be visiting WRIT 8902 at UM-Duluth via Google Hangout tomorrow (10/28/2013). Very exciting!