Two upcoming events for the ole packed calendar:
RHET/COMP READING GROUP: Friday, March 23 at 1 p.m. in Reed 135. We'll be discussing Maggie M. Werner’s 2017 Rhetoric Review article, “Deploying Delivery as Critical Method: Neo-Burlesque’s Embodied Rhetoric.”
CONFERENCE PROPOSAL WORKSHOP: Thursday, March 29 at 12 p.m. in Palko 225. We'll look at the CCCC 2019 CFP and talk about what makes an effective and successful conference proposal. If you want lunch, email our fearless leader Nick Brown by Monday at 11 a.m.!
We were privileged to have Dr. Shari Stenberg visit TCU in February to give the second annual Winifred Bryan Horner Memorial Lecture in February 2017. In her talk "'Tweet Me Your First Assaults': Writing Shame and the Rhetorical Work of #NotOkay," Dr. Stenberg analyzed the rise of the hashtag #notokay, which women used to share their experiences of sexual assault around the time of the release of President Trump's Access Hollywood tape and the 2017 election. Dr. Stenberg explored how shame can be a source of political emotion, rhetorical agency, and revisionary work, By writing shame, sexual assault survivors can foster connections, challenge the normalization of assault, and reveal the emotional habitus that silences women.
Following Dr. Stenberg's lecture, we had a lively seminar discussion in which we talked about online spaces, participation, pedagogy, vulnerability, difference, and rhetorical theory. The next day, Dr. Stenberg joined RCRG to discuss her article "Teaching and (Re)Learning the Rhetoric of Emotion," though our conversation ranged far afield of her article (as RCRG discussions frequently do). Additionally, many of us had the opportunity outside of these formal meetings to spend time with Dr. Stenberg and ask further questions about her research and teaching.
We enjoyed having Dr. Stenberg on TCU's campus, though the time seemed all too short. We appreciate her taking time out of her busy teaching and research schedule to leave the chilly Nebraskan north to join us in Texas for a few days. Dr. Stenberg's trip was made possible by the RSA's 2017 Student Chapter Special Event Funding Award and the Radford fund. Special thanks to RSA and the Radford Chair and WBH advisor Dr. Richard Enos.
The WBH RSA is excited to welcome Dr. Shari Stenberg to campus for our second annual Winifred Bryan Horner Memorial Lecture on February 15, 2018. Join us for her lecture and the following seminar (or one of the two events)! RSVP to n.brown [@] tcu.edu by noon on February 13 to receive lunch.
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!
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.