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.
Dr. Ehren Pflugfelder came to TCU on February 2, 2017, to deliver the inaugural Winifred Bryan Horner Memorial Lecture. He left behind cloudy skies at Oregon State University to find similar clouds in Fort Worth. His lecture on the rhetorics of mobility and transportation challenged traditional definitions of rhetoric and revealed the persuasion at work within our current individualized car-based transportation system. After Dr. Pflugfelder's lecture, he talked with current graduate students about future directions of technology, mobility, and pedagogy. WBH would like to thank Dr. Pflugfelder for sharing his research with the TCU community! Additional thanks to RSA for their support in funding Dr. Pflugfelder's visit!
Ehren Pflugfelder, WBH Vice-President Nicholas Alexander Brown, and WBH President Rachel Chapman stop for a photo opportunity by one of TCU's many horned frog statutes.
Dr. Pflugfelder demonstrates how our streets are designed with vehicular priorities.
Dr. Pflugfelder counters traditional conceptions of rhetoric.
See, sometimes humanities scholars use graphs!
Current graduate students talk with Dr. Pflugfelder at the post-lecture seminar about his research, future directions of technology, and incorporating technology into rhetoric and writing pedagogy.
On November 16, 2016, WBH held its first Inaugural Draft-a-Palooza_Let's-Crowdsource-Our-Projects-So-No-One-Freaks -Out Rap-Sesh 2016. Fueled by coffee and Nick's Peanut Butter Death Cookies, WBH members took an hour to work on upcoming seminar papers and forthcoming articles. Members were happy to provide feedback for others and answer questions for that so often arise when working on a project. Dr. Enos even brought work to do, and he was delighted by the use of yellow smiley face slinkies (provided by WBH) for those moments when the words just won't come. Frog poppers, bouncy balls, and party hats were also distributed. Writing is made much easier when done with supportive colleagues, delicious treats, and a festive atmosphere!
Check out this Storify composed by WBH president Rachel Chapman about Dr. Joshua Daniel-Wariya's visit to TCU!
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.