At our second annual Draft-a-Palooza-Let's-Crowdsource-Our-Projects-So-No-One-Freaks-Out-Rap-Sesh on November 30, 2017, a group of graduate students and faculty were collectively studious and productive for an hour. Fueled by Central Market box lunches and Nicholas Alexander Brown's peanut butter death cookies, we worked on book reviews, articles, digital course portfolios, academic portfolios, exam portfolios, seminar papers, websites, and assignment prompts. The only sounds heard were the crunching of chip-eating, the clicking of keyboards, and muted exclamations over Dr. George's metal book-holder-opener. While much work remains to be completed, an hour spent in silent solidarity and mutual productivity is always well spent. And now we have deputy badges, slinkies, and plastic dinosaurs to entertain us on much-needed brain breaks.
RSVP to email@example.com by Monday, Nov. 27 to get a free lunch.
There will also be NBrown's famous "peanut butter death cookies" and other fun surprises. Because it's the end of the semester, y'all, and we need all of the fun surprises we can get.
We've had great gatherings of faculty and graduate students on Friday afternoons, discussing compelling scholarship in the field of rhetoric and composition. Take a look below to see glimpses of the animated discussions we've had recently, as well as information on the articles we read.
Click here to see a record of RCRG readings over the past six years.
September 29, 2017
Enoch, Jessica. "Composing a Rhetorical Education for the Twenty-First Century: TakingITGlobal as Pedagogical Heuristic." Rhetoric Review 29.2 (2010): 165-185.
Flexner, Abraham. "The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge." Harper's Magazine 179 (June/November 1939): 544-552.
November 10, 2017
Hallenbeck, Sarah. "Toward a Posthuman Perspective: Feminist Rhetorical Methodologies and Everyday Practices." Advances in the History of Rhetoric 15.1 (2012): 9-27.
At the Conference Presentation Workshop on September 28, 2017, three TCU graduate students about to head to the Feminism and Rhetorics Conference next week practiced their presentations in front of a supportive audience of faculty and fellow students. We discussed the presenters' timing, slides/visuals, and potential questions presenters may receive from the audience.
Rachel Chapman Daugherty presented on "Intersecting Identifications: A Feminist Rhetorical Analytic Framework," She asked the question, "how can we understand the rhetorical interactions between the intersections of our identity?"
Sean McCullough argued for a rhetorical understanding of touch in Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis. He used image theory to talk about the embodied discursive entanglements in the text.
Lastly, Tim Ballingall summarized part of his dissertation in talking about the advice columns of Ruth Millette between the years of 1937-67. He argued for a focus on the rhetorics of motherhood, particularly as evidenced in the public writing done by Millette and other advice columnists.
All in all, a productive and interesting time was had by all! Thanks to our presenters and those who provided them with feedback. Good luck at FemRhets, presenters! Make us proud!
Join us for the first RCRG meeting of the semester! We will be reading "The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge" by Abraham Flexner, alongside "Composing a Rhetorical Education for the Twenty-First Century: TakingITGlobal as PedagogicalHeuristic
On August 31, 2017, WBH had its first meeting of the year, where we heard from those who recently attended summer institutes and conferences. Dr. Joddy Murray and Kayla Sparks attended the Digital Humanities Summer Institute in Victoria, B.C., last June. Dr. Murray presented on what he learned at the Open Access and Open Social Scholarship workshop. More presses are moving in the direction of open access publication, but young scholars need to be intentional about their publication priorities, especially when publishing their first book. Kayla Sparks talked about the ways feminist scholarship and digital humanities both enhance and challenge each other. She also reflected on the encouraging open and non-hierarchical community created in her workshop.
Rachel Chapman Daugherty attended the Writing Historical Histories workshop at the RSA Summer Institute in May. At this workshop, led by Cheryl Glenn and Jessica Enoch, scholars of all levels brought projects at all stages of development, and the workshop time was spent in hard work and helpful discussions about process and product .
Nick Brown presented at the Kenneth Burke Society conference in June, where Dr. Ann George gave a keynote address. He talked about the different presentation styles evident at an interdisciplinary conference, specifically between English and Communication scholars. Dr. George summarized her keynote in which she talked about the relevance of Burke's theories to the women's movement, particularly contemporary feminist protests. In her address, Dr. George used a feminist rhetorical style, even donning the pink knit hat that she wore during the Women's March in January.
Dr. Richard Enos finished the meeting with some wise advice for future conference and workshop participators: remember, potential employers are often in the audience. So, practice beforehand and present confidently! All presenters did excellent jobs of demonstrating what opportunities are available in the summer and reflecting on what they took away from these experiences. We plan to continue the pattern of frequent TCU attendees at summer institutes and conferences!
On April 25, 2017, WBH hosted an abstract workshop for those proposing to present at RSA and CCCC. A number of faculty and students gathered to discuss the upcoming conferences. We talked about the unique CFP for CCCC 2018, including the hashtags that each potential presenter had to select for his/her proposal. We also talked about the historical component of the 2018 RSA anniversary CFP. After discussing as a large group, attendees broke into small groups. One group continued to discuss hashtags for their personal proposals for Cs, while other small groups read and gave feedback on each others' proposals. Overall, this workshop was immensely helpful as we all prepare to submit proposals for upcoming conferences!
In preparation for the upcoming 2017 Conference on College Composition and Communication, WBH hosted a Conference Presentation Workshop. Conference presentation skills rely on strong delivery and effective visuals, so WBH members were fortunate to learn from two guest presenters.
Colin Robins taught attendees about the features of "Clean Presentations," emphasizing that the visuals should never detract from the speaker, only compliment their presentation.
Dr. Richard Enos provided attendees with effective delivery strategies for presentation success. His best piece of advice: practice!
Colin Robins uses an adorable picture of his nephew to show Susanna Stanford McDaniel and Dr. Joddy Murray how visuals can engage the viewer.
Susannah Stanford McDaniel, Dr. Joddy Murray, Dr. Richard Enos, and Meagan Serena learn about the importance of design language from Colin Robins.
In case you missed out on this presentation workshop, Colin Robins has provided his PowerPoint presentation to share. Thanks, Colin!
Our friends at the TCU New Media Writing Studio are celebrating their 10th birthday, and they've invited Jody Shipka to join the party! Shipka will be giving a lecture and leading a workshop on Friday, March 3, so please join us in welcoming her and celebrating the good work of the NMWS. Register for one or both events at newmedia.tcu.edu.
The Winifred Bryan Horner Rhetoric Society serves as the student chapter of the Rhetoric Society of America at Texas Christian University. In addition to sponsoring events that further rhetorical scholarship at TCU, the WBH Rhetoric Society also supports the Winifred Bryan Horner Reading Library in the TCU Graduate Instructor office. The WBH Rhetoric Society was founded by TCU English graduate students in 2011.