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How to Learn Nothing About Rhet-Comp

Submitted by Jim Aune on December 30, 2009 - 3:11am

It might be nice if IHE's reporter did some background research on these things. As with the Chronicle article on the Evanston conference of the Alliance of Rhetoric Societies a few years ago, why can't we organize our public relations a little better? Or get better journalists? Or both?



Submitted by Jim Aune on December 29, 2009 - 9:36pm

Continuing the earlier discussion with Josh and DB: I'm not sure the methods or theories matter if we choose an object of study that suits us. From Charles Olson, A Bibliography on America for Ed Dorn:

"PRIMARY DOCUMENTS. And to hook on here is a lifetime of assiduity. Best thing to do is to dig one thing or place or man until you yourself know more abt that than is possible to any other man. It doesn't matter whether it's Barbed Wire or Pemmican or Paterson or Iowa. But *exhaust* it. Saturate it. Beat it.


The Boy Problem Becomes Public (Almost)

Submitted by Jim Aune on December 22, 2009 - 8:57am

The US Commission on Civil Rights has been investigating preferential admissions for men in higher education (report due out in six months). I'd be interested in knowing which public universities are silently breaking the law, as this article alleges. This issue fascinates me, both because I can see it in the classroom and because it goes against various left- and right-wing pieties.


Books I Won't Be Buying Anytime Soon, I

Submitted by Jim Aune on December 21, 2009 - 8:33pm

They might choose a market that, like, actually reads.


Teaching Pedagogy

Submitted by Jim Aune on December 14, 2009 - 2:52pm

Our graduate program has two 1-credit classes for grad students--one in pedagogy, and one in professional development. I'm doing the 1-hour pedagogy course next semester; I've taught it before, but want to tinker with it a bit more (perhaps turning it into an online book or wiki of some sort). So, I'm soliciting suggestions for topics. Here's what I have so far: 1. I like to start by having students take the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator, because it helps explain different learning styles (sensing v. intuiting), emotional stances toward grading (t's v. f's), etc. 2.


Deep Thought on Rhetoric

Submitted by Jim Aune on December 2, 2009 - 4:39pm

"Rhetoric is the greatest barrier between us and our ancestors." Who said this? (first prize is a free annual subscription to the Blogora)


Socialism for the Rich

Submitted by Jim Aune on November 24, 2009 - 1:28pm

"U.C. Berkeley offers more courses taught by more Nobel laureates than Yale. Yet Yale charges $28,400 per year in tuition and fees, while Berkeley charges $5,858." I am fond of telling my conservative students that if they are really against socialism they have a duty to quit A&M and enroll at, say, Baylor. As I observe the student protests in California, I think it's time for the sort of analysis economists do well: public higher education is a HUGE upper-middle-class subsidy, and there is nothing inherently wrong with tuition hikes so long as they are accompanied by higher financial aid.


Habits II

Submitted by Jim Aune on November 21, 2009 - 10:43am

Here's my next question. WHEN do you write? A lot of people recommend when first getting up in the morning, but I've found, with every major project from my dissertation onwards, that I do best when I write from about 1-4 p.m. during the week (not on weekends). And I always stop writing when I have more to say, so I can pick up the thread easily the next day. I never impose page quotas, though, just the 3-hour time limit. I've always reserved evenings for reading, usually from about 8-midnight.


Non-Communication Association

Submitted by Jim Aune on November 16, 2009 - 7:10pm

Once again, our public relations bites. . . .