This week, TCU's WBH RSA met to learn more about tackling the dissertation prospectus, a genre not only helpful for writing the document required for PhD students to earn their degrees, but also for proposing other large projects such as books. Members Rachel Chapman Daugherty and Nick Brown led the discussion, informing attendees of their process and offering their most helpful tips. TCU rhetoric and composition faculty were also there to provide advice and support. Through discussion and audience questions, the idea of the prospectus (what it is, why it matters, and what it does) were all made much clearer.
TCU's Rhetoric and Composition Reading Group kicked off the new year by continuing their tradition they began in Fall 2018 of meeting at The University Pub. This semester, the group is reading recent faculty publications. At the first meeting, the RCRG invited Jason Helms to speak about his recent Kairos publication "Making Rhizcomics," a methodology piece detailing Helms's process for producing his scholarly monograph.
Helms answered questions from the group pertaining to the importance of methodology pieces in Rhetoric and Composition and the questions his project poses for thinking about writing. In the next meetings, the group will invite Charlotte Hogg (Mar. 7) to speak about "Sorority Rhetorics as Everyday Epideictic" (published in College English) and Ann George (Apr. 11) to discuss selections from her recent book project Permanence and Change: A Critical Companion.
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.