The Blogora: The Rhetoric Society of America


Name this painting?

Submitted by jenny on November 12, 2005 - 11:28am

Can anyone identify the name or artist of this painting? Anyone? I figured someone out there might be able to help me out. I was thinking this is an image of Pericles' funeral oration, perhaps?


Podhoretz Defends W.

Submitted by Jim Aune on November 11, 2005 - 2:44am

Norman Podhoretz, one of the fathers of neoconservatism, has an interesting apologia for the Bush administration's selling of the war here: One of these days, when I'm not occupied with bureaucratic matters (I'm chairing a job search) I want to try responding. Also, am I just naive, or am I the last person to realize that Scooter Libby and Judith Miller were, like, *doing* it?


A Worthy Petition

Submitted by Jim Aune on November 9, 2005 - 3:11am

For the workers at Delphi: Please read and sign, if you agree.


Want morality?

Submitted by Jim Aune on November 9, 2005 - 1:23am

So I go to vote tonight in Bryan, at the Central Church of Christ. The main issue in this election is Proposition 2, outlawing gay marriage. Outside on the marquee (or whatever it's called) of the Church is: Want Morality? Vote Yes on Prop. 2 Nov. 8 Now, not only is this the polling place (although conveniently the sign is more than 100 feet from the actual voting machines), but I'm pretty sure that the church is tax-exempt. The IRS is already going after an Episcopal church in L.A. for a priest's sermons against the war. Does anyone know how I go about reporting this sort of thing? By the way, here's the email address of the Rev. Wolfert, the chief minister. Would you consider joining in a protest with me? Updated: Prop. 2 appears to have won with 74% of the vote.


Free Speech Zones on campus -- updated resources

Submitted by Anonymous on November 8, 2005 - 12:01pm

Here is the text of an email I sent a few minutes ago to the editor of in an attempt to get renewed critical publicity around the issue of "free speech zones" on campus. Please also post any stories/cases/resources you know about ... or just your thoughts and observations. Date: Tue, 08 Nov 2005 11:56:04 -0500 To: From: Rosa Eberly Subject: story idea Dear Scott: I and many of my colleagues -- faculty and students -- very much like and appreciate Thanks for making it happen and working to sustain it. I am collecting updated information on campus "free speech zones" and was a bit disappointed not to find any articles on that topic in your archives. That's not your problem: you've been up and running only so long and have done a great job covering higher ed in a way that CHE can't or won't. In any case, I'm writing to suggest that you consider assigning a reporter to the topic so that those of us who are still worried about how "free speech zones" affect our campuses -- and our wider democracies -- could get the most recent info in a way that is more thorough and more credible that Googlesearching. Here are a few things I found in the 15 minutes I took away from writing a(nother) grant proposal to research this: Also, we have an issue on our campus that is prompting many of us to try to educate ourselves more fully -- and in an up-to-date fashion -- on such issues. I'll forward a link from a local blog -- with links to other resources -- as well: Thanks for anything you're willing to do to inform your readers about the status of "free speech zones" on campus ... and to give additional critical publicity to this topic. I think I'll also take a minute and post this to The Blogora: . Most cordially, rx Rosa A. Eberly, Associate Professor, CAS and English Membership Chair, Rhetoric Society of America 214 Sparks Building Penn State University University Park PA 16802 / 814 863-0867


"The Inner Ring"

Submitted by Anonymous on November 7, 2005 - 2:17pm

"And if in your spare time you consort simply with the people you like, you will again find that you have come unawares to a real inside: that you are indeed snug and safe at the center of something which, seen from without, would look exactly like an Inner Ring. But the difference is that its secrecy is accidental, and its exclusiveness a by-product, and no one was led thither by the lure of the esoteric: for it is only four or five people who like one another meeting to do things that they like. This is friendship. Aristotle placed it among the virtues. It causes perhaps half of all the happiness in the world, and no Inner Ring can ever have it." C.S. Lewis's 1944 speech anthologized as "The Inner Ring" has been in my head a lot lately. In grad school, it was one of my favorite "essays" to read with undergraduates. If you've never read it, or haven't read it lately, here it is. Interesting to reread it so many years later -- I just did; it lasted the length of two clove cigarettes -- in the context of feminism, social movements, politix.... I wonder how many undergrads could even (stand to) read it these days; or how many of their professors? There are days like this.



Submitted by Jim Aune on November 7, 2005 - 1:52am

One of my favorite rhetorical exercises is the composition of a hypothetical speech for an historical figure. Here's one about the speech Bush should give on the War:



Submitted by Jim Aune on November 7, 2005 - 1:49am

I wonder, yet again, when the Christian Right will wake up and realize how it's been used. From Salon, covering the Abramoff hearings last week: Scanlon, a former aide to Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Tx., sent the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana to describe his strategy for protecting the tribe's gambling business. In plain terms, Scanlon confessed the source code of recent Republican electoral victories: target religious conservatives, distract everyone else, and then railroad through complex initiatives. "The wackos get their information through the Christian right, Christian radio, mail, the internet and telephone trees," Scanlon wrote in the memo, which was read into the public record at a hearing of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. "Simply put, we want to bring out the wackos to vote against something and make sure the rest of the public lets the whole thing slip past them."


Rhetoric of Civil Rights

Submitted by Jim Aune on November 7, 2005 - 1:46am

Rick Rigsby's and my volume on civil rights and the presidency is now available from Texas A&M University Press. It includes essays by Kirt Wilson, Marouf Hasian, E. Culpepper Clark, Diane Blair, Craig Smith, and others.
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Alito Information

Submitted by Jim Aune on November 5, 2005 - 9:58pm

The U of Michigan Law Library has created a website containing important documents related to the Alito nomination (including his appellate court opinions): I'm reminded of the Bork nomination back in 1987; it may make more sense strategically to focus on his pro-business and racist opinions. If African-Americans could be mobilized, especially in southern states, it might make a difference again.