The Blogora: The Rhetoric Society of America


2014 IWAC Conference (at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis & St. Paul)

Submitted by syntaxfactory on March 3, 2014 - 1:27pm

Colleagues---you are now able to register for the 2014 IWAC Conference (at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis) here. It is also still possible to get the early rate on hotel reservations at The Commons, by clicking here

A few highlights:

Thursday, June 12th: Three interactive pre-conference workshops (listed below)*; a mind-opening keynote address by New Literacies scholars Mary Kalantzis and Bill Cope; the first batch concurrent sessions, and a catered reception at the University's Weisman Art Museum.


The Survive and thrive Conference and Arts Festival

Submitted by syntaxfactory on October 10, 2013 - 8:58pm

From Molly Wright Starkweather, Digital Track Director:
The Survive and thrive Conference and Arts Festival
We are so excited to roll out the final schedule of our digital track of sessions! Please see the Survive and Thrive Conference blog for an introduction to this year's pilot of real-time online sessions:


Feminisms and Rhetorics 2013

Submitted by John W. Pell on September 26, 2013 - 11:29am

Yesterday the 2013 Feminisms and Rhetorics began on the campus of Stanford University. This conference is one of the events I look forward to each, uh, every other year. And, as in years past, this conference is filled with incredible speakers, and thoughtful panels, which work together to create an inviting and stimulating intellectual environment. I will post next week on some of the sessions I attended and point to the work of scholars that are making an impact in the field of rhetoric and feminist studies.

If you are interested in the conference, I have included the link below.


Affect & Inquiry

Submitted by syntaxfactory on July 11, 2013 - 10:29am

Jeff Bennett,

The University of Iowa’s Obermann Center for Advanced Studies seeks 15-20 minute papers, talks, and performances for its 2014 Humanities Symposium, Affect & Inquiry. The Symposium will take place March 27-29th, 2014 at the University of Iowa and will feature keynotes, talks, and performances from:

• Lauren Berlant (English, University of Chicago)
• Ann Cvetkovich (English, Women’s & Gender Studies, University of Texas, Austin)
• Sharon Hayes (Artist & Activist)
• José E. Muñoz (Performance Studies, NYU)


Lessons from the ALA (American Library Association: Partnerships

Submitted by syntaxfactory on July 1, 2013 - 11:51pm

So Kate and I went to the American Library Association meeting in Chicago this weekend.


Announcement: International Listening Association

Submitted by syntaxfactory on June 22, 2013 - 8:31pm

Some of the best years of my professional life were years with the International Listening Association. Via Social Media:

International Listening Association
The 2014 convention is going to be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 27-29 at the beautiful Sofitel Hotel. Mark your calendars now and make plans to join us!
Unlike · · Share · 12 · about an hour ago ·


Rhetoric and the Possible

Submitted by syntaxfactory on April 29, 2013 - 2:09pm

The below conference looks amazing. And I am deeply impressed by the lineup -- it is also amazing. Were it not exam week at UMD, I would be there.

It is also, I think, pallid from the slow draining away of rhetoric's important, historical connection to and tension with pedagogy. Do I over-read? Do I yearn for yesterday's rhetoric? Do I misunderstand the event?


The Center for Global Culture and Communication, an Interdisciplinary Initiative of the School of Communication and Northwestern University, presents

Rhetoric and the Possible


21st Century Publishing Conference: An Event that Almost Happened

Submitted by syntaxfactory on April 14, 2013 - 11:22pm

Yesterday, were the weather to have cooperated more, there would have been a Publishing Conference at UMD. But it all started badly. It ended amazingly, though, and it’s worth some reflection.


Rhetoric and Circuses

Submitted by syntaxfactory on November 25, 2012 - 9:28am

We are just over a week since the close of NCA Disney-Style. I didn't go -- first because my travel expenses in the last year were huge (RSA, then CSSR, then Print Culture in Madison, then "Survive and Thrive" just a stone's throw away in St Cloud with Rex Veeder, then "Widening the Circle" in La Crosse, WI -- these little nickel and dime trips are killing me, though I like that I can drive easily to them). But second because this is the year of the Disneyfication of my national associations.


The keynote at the Computers and Writing conference this week!

Submitted by syntaxfactory on May 20, 2012 - 8:27pm

From the keynote at the Computers and Writing conference this week: