This week, TCU's WBH presented Elizabeth Weiser, professor of rhetoric at The Ohio State University and an alumna of the rhetoric and composition program at TCU, with the 2019 Alumni Award. At OSU, Dr. Weiser teaches courses in rhetoric and professional writing and researches rhetorical identification and museum studies.
On Monday, 3/25, Dr. Weiser delivered a lecture titled "Glue or Goad? Bridging the Rhetorical Divide in the Rhetorical Museum," wherein she demonstrated how museums can serve as spaces for understanding and critiquing national identity formations, a topic she expounds upon in her book Museum Rhetoric: Building Civic Identity in National Spaces. She used this useful New York Times video to clarify concepts of national identity. After the lecture, rhetoric professor Ann George hosted a reception for TCU students and faculty.
Here is a link to the informative and engaging video from the New York Times in her lecture to explain the concept of national identity:
On Tuesday, 3/26, WBH invited Dr. Weiser to lead a workshop for current TCU rhetoric faculty and students. Participants enjoyed a meal together and had a chance to inquire further about Dr. Weiser's process of conducting her study of national museums, which proved illuminating for any who are curious about the theoretical and practical aspects involved in conducting transnational research.
WBH was honored to host Dr. Weiser, and we are amazed at the wonderful work our alumni do in our field.
Additional suggestions from Dr. Weiser for beginning interdisciplinary scholarly work:
For their second meeting of the Spring semester, TCU's Rhetoric and Composition Reading Group met to discuss Charlotte Hogg's "Sorority Rhetorics as Everyday Epideictic" (College English, vol. 80, no. 5). As usual, TCU Rhet/Comp students and faculty gathered at the University Pub next to campus. Along with the article itself, the group asked questions about Dr. Hogg's publication process with College English. The meeting provided a space for students and faculty to continue to expand their ideas of rhetoric and to professionalize in the process.
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.