The Blogora: The Rhetoric Society of America


A Simple Project - Students Ask the RSA Questions

Submitted by John W. Pell on November 4, 2014 - 2:34pm

Once a year I have the privilege of teaching an upper-division seminar on Rhetorical Theory. It is always a great pleasure to watch students wrestle with ideas and concepts with which they have little familiarity. This year I wanted to try something new: Provide a way to get students more deeply engaged with the field, specifically RSA. So, over the next few weeks, I will be posting a questions gathered from students concerning the study of rhetoric. Students have given permission to have their questions posted (but I will still not be including their names in the post).


RSA Webinar

Submitted by Cynthia on February 13, 2012 - 11:45am

The first RSA webinar is being held this Friday afternoon, February 17, from 3:30-4:30pm EST. Information about logging in to the real-time MOO presentation (by Cynthia Haynes of Clemson University) is here:

The webinar coincides with the keynote presentation entitled, "Open Source Rhetorics."


On Peer Reviewing RSA Single-Paper Proposals

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 9, 2011 - 12:28pm

On Peer Reviewing RSA Proposals

Here are my thoughts on the 25 panels I reviewed in a previous year, in broad terms, from my old personal blog: I repost here at the request of a colleague who used them as a handout. What do you think? Am I right? Am I wrong? How do you review, when called upon to do the task?

I see abstracts as divisible into three categories.

1. Average (about 15 of 25 abstracts).

Para 1. Here is an object/event/text. This object/event/text is really interesting.


Jesuit Conference on Rhetoric and Composition

Submitted by syntaxfactory on June 23, 2011 - 9:10am

June 23, 2011


Tweeting the RSA Institute

Submitted by syntaxfactory on June 22, 2011 - 8:24pm

Samples from RSA Summer Institute Tweets...
Just a tiny flavor of what it's like to be there...

davisa4 Amber Davisson, PhD #rsa11 welcomes all
49 minutes ago

dancingdivala Janice Fernheimer
#rsa11 dancers--we're going to have a Salsa meet-up at the Trattoria on Fri night.
1 hour ago

dancingdivala Janice Fernheimer
Great hiking in the mtns. Too bad the #rsa11 workshops couldn't take place at 10,225 feet :)
2 hours ago

davisa4 Amber Davisson, PhD


RSA Institute

Submitted by syntaxfactory on November 15, 2010 - 7:50am

What does this list say about the field? --David

4th Biennial Summer Institute, Rhetoric Society of America, University of Colorado, Boulder, June 20-26, 2011.
from PHILOSOPHY'S OTHER: THEORY ON THE WEB: *CFP*: "*Rhetoric* and the *...* by Richard L. W. Clarke

Seminar 1: Composing Multimodal Rhetorics, Anne Frances Wysocki (University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee)and Dennis A. Lynch (University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee)


Comments Time

Submitted by Jim Aune on September 14, 2010 - 7:42pm

A few enterprising spammers have gotten through the controls our intrepid Jim Brown has devised for the Blogora, but I want to issue an appeal. The Board of RSA has a subcommittee devoted to improving our web presence. Gathering this sort of information is tricky (do you want more Pr0n here or less?) but if you have a stray moment, would you look over the Blog and the RSA website and give us some suggestions? What do you like? What would you like to see more of? Less of? Easier links? Better design? A functioning representative democracy anywhere? Please, it's important.


Grants to student chapters

Submitted by syntaxfactory on July 19, 2010 - 9:26am

It's a start. --db


RSA: Toward An Object-Oriented Rhetoric

Submitted by Jim Brown on June 10, 2010 - 1:38pm

Here at the Blogora, we have had the beginnings of a discussion of object-oriented philosophy. That discussion happened just prior to RSA, and at the time I had no idea that there would be an “Object-Oriented Rhetoric” panel in Minneapolis.


RSA: Rhetoric and Literature in Controversy

Submitted by Jim Brown on June 7, 2010 - 3:53pm

The conversation regarding "The Sounds of Rhetoric" continues (see "recent comments" to catch up), but I'd like to kickstart another conversation that was the subject of an RSA panel.