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Gehrke Book Event – Chp. 6: The Recalcitrance of Humanism. AKA: Agency, Language, Community.

Submitted by johnm on December 20, 2010 - 7:53pm

Hello all, I’m John McKenzie, a regular commenter here on the Blogora, and an ABD student in Comm. Studies rhetoric at the University of Texas. I’ll be discussing chapter six as we continue moving through Pat’s excellent book, The Ethics and Politics of Speech. I’ll just start off by mentioning that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the book so far, and in particular have enjoyed reading this chapter on humanism because it has taken me somewhat nostalgically through a lot of the topics I’ve spent time on with my own research and in my own education at UT and Texas A&M.


On Agency from Schilb

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 9, 2010 - 7:38am

From the first issue of Present Tense (see TOC on the left). Schilb, for those who don't know, made important inroads in composition theory and historiography. He also coined the coolest term for our anxiety about the history of rhetoric as manifest in canon debates: the "canonoia" of the field.


Nate Silver on Agency

Submitted by Jim Brown on March 21, 2009 - 9:13am

So, yes...I am a Nate Silver fanboy. I'm willing to admit this. I got to see his keynote at SXSW Interactive, and it reminded me of how jealous I am of his career path (from baseball statistics to political analysis). Silver has the ability to make statistics not only understandable to the layman but also relevant.