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Rhetoric Society of America, 2014

posted: 6.26.14 by Andrea Lunsford

Attending the Rhetoric Society of America meeting in San Antonio (May 22-26) reminded me of why I chose the field of rhetoric and composition some 40+ years ago.  Rhetoric, I soon discovered, is an art, theory, and practice that is infinitely portable, and scholars and teachers can apply it to a wide and diverse range of topics and questions.  Not so much a traditional discipline as a way of being in the world, rhetoric fit beautifully with my eclectic interests.  [read more]

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Why Go to RSA?

posted: 6.1.12 by Andrea Lunsford

I just returned from the biennial Rhetoric Society of America conference, held this year in Philadelphia and chaired with grace and aplomb by Krista Ratcliffe (author of very important works on the power of rhetorical listening).  I certainly did my fair share of listening, and I hope I did so rhetorically, really hearing what others had to say.

Many panels were worth noting—and the keynote speeches (one by Jacqueline Jones Royster and the other by Karlyn Kohrs Campbell and Kathleen Hall Jamieson) were both knockouts.  I loved moving from session to session, hearing brand new as well as seasoned scholars share their work.  So there were many panels I could report on.  But one that struck me in particular was on The Public Work of Rhetoric, and it featured presentations by David Coogan, Linda Flower, Eli Goldblatt, Phyllis Ryder, Katie Kavanagh O’Neill, David Seitz, and David Landes.  Each speaker focused on a program or curriculum or assignment that did some important public work:  Coogan described his collaboration with administrators and inmates at the Richmond City Jail (check out, trying to answer the question of how rhetoric can act in the face of utter despair.  Linda Flower told us about the Community Think Tank, a program that refigures first generation and low-income students as “independent students,” how these students can themselves carry out important intercultural problem solving, and a whole lot more. [read more]

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