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Rhetorically Speaking

Submitted by syntaxfactory on November 11, 2014 - 11:14am

Rhetorically Speaking

Interested in a rhetorical perspective on current political and cultural events? Check out Rhetorically Speaking, a blog run by graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Recent blog posts address such topics as homelessness, leaked celebrity photos, hip-hop and cultural exchange, and protests in Thailand. Graduate students and faculty post on Rhetorically Speaking, as well as guest posters from other academic institutions.

Visit Rhetorically Speaking at


Great Plains Alliance for Computers and Writing

Submitted by syntaxfactory on August 6, 2013 - 6:16pm

Here is a MnWE forward for a yearly writing conference that is well considered. The deadline for proposals is Aug. 12, but there is plenty of time to simply sign up to attend. It will be held in St. Paul at UM-TC Nov. 8 with a pre-conference evening with Richard Graff.


Great Plains Alliance for Computers and Writing 2013

Call for Proposals
The current situation | An Invitation | Submissions | Keynote Speaker: Ann Hill Duin

Thursday evening pre-conference registration event with Richard Graff

Conference Location
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities


Interview with Jentery Sayers

Submitted by John W. Pell on July 23, 2013 - 3:31pm

Of late much has been made of MOOCs and other delivery methods of online writing instruction. And, while there are a number of research studies underway, which will hopefully shed light on the pedagogical benefits of MOOCs (as opposed to only reporting on their financial and logistical efficacy), I wanted provide readers of the RSA Blogora a look into the work of a colleague also working in the digital humanities, but working as one focused on the rich and rigorous work of composing/making/creating with New Media.


Bon Voyage, Desiree and Ben!

Submitted by syntaxfactory on May 22, 2013 - 10:40pm

Bon Voyage, Desiree and Ben!


I will miss your energy. Even though you clearly should have done more rhetoric. Hopefully the new folks are cooler.

Though it is unlikely. You were pretty cool.


Interview with Kevin DiPirro

Submitted by John W. Pell on April 30, 2012 - 4:49pm

In January, CCC (re)launched its online journal. This issue, guest edited by Jenn Fishman, focused on the “turn to performance,” initiating a conversation about the ways in which writing and writing pedagogy always already contain within them elements of performative selves. Kevin DiPirro, who teaches in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University, composed a multi-modal piece for this special issue. His piece “Devising/Revising Student-Centered Pedagogy,” is part essay, part documentary, and part autobiographical sketch.


A 4Cs Reflection

Submitted by John W. Pell on April 6, 2012 - 12:24pm

Most of the panels on which I present work very hard to leave ample room for discussion. At this year’s 4Cs it was no different. My collaborators and I each presented our work and then Hephzibah Roskelly and Kate Ronald offered their responses—and all of this with plenty of time to discuss ideas with the audience. What I did not anticipate, however, was the “location” from which the first question would emerge during our time of discussion.

“Yeah, I have a question from Twitter.”



THATCamp Chicago

Submitted by Jim Brown on August 24, 2010 - 8:00am

Over the past few years, the Center for History and New Media has been helping to organize a series of "unconferences" called THATCamp ("The Humanities and Technology Camp.") These unconferences are based on the idea that some of the most productive work of conferences happens in the hallways and in more informal gatherings. With this in mind THATCamp is based on conversations and not the delivery of papers. They are "lightweight" and are paid for, in part, by attendee donations.


W5RAN: Broadcasting Collaborative Content

Submitted by Jim Brown on November 25, 2009 - 2:13pm

My good friend Nikki Moore is part of an exciting project called W5RAN:

"W5RAN is an online indie show-and-tell for you, for me,for all of us. we're (you+me) creating the context for art in the everyday, in an online magazine that is new,fresh and changing every hour,on the hour."

Some interesting inventional collisions seem to be happening in this space, and it reminds me of teaching Ulmer's Internet Invention last year in the CWRL.


The CWRL (er, DWRL) gets a facelift

Submitted by Jim Brown on October 14, 2009 - 11:29am

The Digital Writing and Research Lab at the University of Texas (formerly known as the CWRL and also the entity that so graciously provides server space for The Blogora) has gotten a wonderful facelift. Check out the new website and also check out the new version of Blogging Pedagogy.


Brooke's Lingua Fracta: New Media is not just for the techies

Submitted by Jim Brown on August 28, 2009 - 10:55am

I have been away from the Blogora for too long, and it's time to get back into the swing of things. How about a post that begs you to see new media scholarship as something relevant to your life? Sound good? Good.