The Blogora: The Rhetoric Society of America


Reclaiming Queer: Activist and Academic Rhetorics of Resistance

Submitted by Adria on August 5, 2014 - 4:40pm


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Linda Bergmann

Submitted by Nathan Johnson on January 12, 2014 - 4:42pm

With sadness, I forward news from Purdue. The following email is from Nancy Peterson, head of the English Department. We have lost an important member of the rhetoric community.

From: "Peterson, Nancy J"
Date: January 12, 2014 at 2:46:08 PM EST
To: CLA - ENGL - All
Subject: sad news

Dear all,

I am sorry to have some very sad news to share with you about Linda Bergmann. Linda passed away suddenly yesterday morning at home. She was a wonderful colleague and friend, and we will miss her dearly.


Welcome Back

Submitted by John W. Pell on September 26, 2013 - 11:41am

It is last week of September and I am assuming that all of us are back teaching, which means its time to take an annual inventory of the types of rhetorically focused being taught across our campuses. If you have a few moments, please respond to this post with courses titles and summaries, and if so inclined, please feel free to share course syllabi. This is a great way to see what our colleagues are up to and to get ideas for courses that might work at our institutions.

I look forward to reading about your courses.

To get the ball-rolling:


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.


MOOCspiracy, MOOCing, and Rhetoric

Submitted by RexVeeder on July 6, 2013 - 6:10am

I wonder if the Blogoria would want to explore this question about MOOCS and public discourse: Is 21st Century rhetoric(s) more a matter of chorus than Dialogue?

A context: I believe a no fear attitude toward MOOCS is essential to rhetoric and education.



Submitted by John W. Pell on March 26, 2013 - 1:27pm

As usual, the 4Cs was one of the highlights of my academic year. Brilliant panels, thoughtful conversations in smoke-filled hallways—each brilliant idea punctuated with the chime of slot machines celebrating the interest paid on a five-cent wager. What struck me this year, though, were the myriad of discussions concerning MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and LMS (Learning Management Systems). Panel after panel seemed to touch on these issues in some way and the conversation continues on many of our professional listservs and discussion boards.


The Changing Face of Facebook

Submitted by John W. Pell on February 1, 2012 - 7:01pm

As expected, Facebook filed for a five billion dollar IPO today. This filing apparently motivated CEO Mark Zuckerberg to pen a letter to Facebook users on the decision to "go public." While I must admit that I am not a consistent Facebook user or an Aaron Sorkin fan (that is, I don't take the "Social Network" as gospel (and, to be honest, I don't even really like the "West Wing" - there I said it)), I still find myself fascinated by Zuckerberg's letter because it feels like it should matter to me given the cultural significance of Facebook.


The Most Wonderful Time of the Year....

Submitted by John W. Pell on December 2, 2011 - 1:54pm

For those of us who teach writing-intensive courses the end of the semester/quarter can certainly be exhausting and frustrating, but also incredibly rewarding. Last night, while returning to my office after a day of student conferences, I found myself making mental notes about the drafts I had been reading and discussing all day.


Feminisms and Rhetorics - Mary Beth Pennington

Submitted by John W. Pell on October 20, 2011 - 11:49am

Feminisms and Rhetorics was once again a terrific conference. Engaging ideas, brilliant graduate students, and thoughtful panels - many of which spent time reflecting upon the history of feminist rhetorics and offering suggestions about the field's possible future(s). Of course, returning to work after four days away has kept me from writing about the experience. So, over the next few days I want to post about some of the presentations I attended and give some publicity to scholars doing interesting work.

Mary Beth Pennington, VMI


Who are We Talking To? : Alec Baldwin, Netflix, and the Difficulty in Locating Audience

Submitted by John W. Pell on September 30, 2011 - 6:24pm

In the last two weeks I noticed that a number of bloggers, journalists, and executives have released statements via the internet in order to clear up what they perceived to be public misconceptions about their person or corporation. Two of these instances provide excellent material for exploring with undergraduate students the complicated nature of "audience," a term both fraught with uncertainty and essential to the study of rhetoric.