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 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.