The Blogora: The Rhetoric Society of America


Call for Encyclopedia Entries

Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 12, 2014 - 1:33am

Thomas Walzer,

CALL FOR AUTHORS: Encyclopedia of Theory

The Encyclopedia of Theory presents a major landmark reference at six
volumes featuring one volume of entries related to introduction to
theory; two volumes covering the humanistic disciplines; and three
volumes covering the scientific and empirical disciplines. This
structure reflects the two branches of theory study that evolved in the
early 20th century. Approximately 500 signed articles will be arranged
in A-to-Z format ranging from 2,000 words for definitional articles up


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

Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 11, 2014 - 11:03pm

Sponsor: Redd (Charles) Center for Western Studies
Program Number: 00923
Title: Publication Grants (Presses Only)
Web Site:
Program URL:
SYNOPSIS: The Charles Redd Center gives grants of up to $3,000
to assist in the publication of scholarly studies on Idaho, Montana,
Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, or Colorado.
Deadline(s): 03/15/2014

Sponsor: Fondation Brocher
Program Number: 06715


Penn State Grant

Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 8, 2014 - 5:21pm

Penn State has the Kenneth Burke Papers as well as interesting records of the Speech Department in the middle of the 20th century that may be of special interest to your members. Please see our website for more information about the award program and our holdings.

The Eberly Family Special Collections Library on the University Park campus of Penn State offers four travel awards of $1,500 this year for researchers whose work would benefit from access to the collections held at Penn State. Currently, there are three travel grants:


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

Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 7, 2014 - 8:57pm

Sponsor: Smith College Libraries
Program Number: 12170
Title: Travel-to-Collections Fund
Web Site:

SYNOPSIS: Travel-to-Collections funds are available to offset
travel expenses of researchers engaged in a study that would benefit
from access to the holdings at Smith College. The sponsor also
welcomes and encourages requests from researchers at the pre-proposal
stage who would like to survey the holdings as they formulate their
research agendas.
Deadline(s): 02/15/2014



New Book: Cosmopolitan Lyceum

Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 6, 2014 - 9:43pm

The Cosmopolitan Lyceum: Just Published!

The University of Massachusetts Press has just published Tom F. Wright's
edited volume entitled The Cosmopolitan Lyceum: Lecture Culture and the
Globe in Nineteenth-Century America (2013). The volume brings together
original research by scholars of history, literary studies, and
communication. These scholars investigate the ways that
nineteenth-century lyceum-goers encountered international currents and
crosscurrents. The historian Joan Shelley Rubin notes that the book's


Tenure and Privilege

Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 1, 2014 - 11:14am

Via a colleague on Facebook:

This blog entry makes a reasonable case that tenure functions in the way that white privilege does:


Why I Dress So Badly (Not Really): The Red Sneakers Effect

Submitted by syntaxfactory on December 26, 2013 - 8:12pm


"How is nonconformity interpreted by others? Do we see it as a sign of status? New research, to be published next near in The Journal of Consumer Research, suggests that we do. The authors call the phenomenon the “red sneakers effect,” after one of them taught a class at Harvard Business School in her red Converse.


RIP, Cohen

Submitted by syntaxfactory on December 25, 2013 - 8:12pm

Herman Cohen December 29, 1924 December 22, 2013 Herman Cohen, 88, of State College, died Sunday, December 22, 2013, at Nazareth Hospital, Philadelphia. Born December 29, 1924, in Superior, Nebraska, he was the son of the late Morris and Dora Shvartsman Cohen. In 1947, he married Marlee Hollander who survives in State College. He is also survived by two children, Bob Cohen and his wife, Regina, of Medford, NJ, Matthew Cohen, of Santa Clarita, CA; a brother, Edward Cohen and his wife, Phyllis, of Ocala, FL; and four grandchildren, Bobby, Sara, Kristina and Jennifer Cohen.