The second WSRS Rhetoric Reading Group meeting of the academic year will take place at 3 PM, Friday, 12 November. The location will be The Motor City Brewing Works (470 W. Canfield Street). Our text will be Pat Gehrke’s The Ethics and Politics of Speech: Rhetoric and Communication in the Twentieth Century (Southern Illinois UP, 2009).
Professor (and Directory of Composition) Ellen Barton and Sue Wells (Temple University) will lead a workshop entitled “Medical Rhetoric: Ethical Issues, Archival Concepts, and Imaginative Writing” during the 3rd Annual Summer Institute of the Rhetoric Society of America. The Institute is hosted by the Pennsylvania State University and takes place during July 22-28, 2009.
The program will host a workshop for 2010 CCCC proposals on April 24, from 11 Am to 1 PM in the 10th floor conference room. A panel of graduate students who presented at this year’s CCCC will provide copies of their successful abstracts and provide advice in preparing CCCC proposals.
As part of the DeRoy Lecture Series, Tom Gunning will give a talk entitled “Visible/Invisible: The Medium of Vision” on Friday, March 27, at 3 PM, in the English Department Seminar Room (10302, 5057 Woodward). Tom Gunning is the Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Professor in the Department of Art History and The Committee on Cinema and Media at the University of Chicago. He is the author of D. W. Griffith and the Origins of American Narrative Film (University of Illinois Press) and The Films of Fritz Lang: Allegories of Vision and Modernity (British Film Institute), as well as over 100 articles on early cinema, film history and theory, avant-garde film, film genre, and cinema and modernism.
The graduate program in Rhetoric and Composition involves a community of students and faculty in researching and teaching rhetoric, writing, and multimedia composing. While our graduate program is concerned with broad issues of persuasion and communication, our location in the cultural center of Detroit leads our undergraduate program to focus on writing in urban communities and professional settings. At the local level, as well as nationally and globally, writing now takes complex and multiple forms, including multimedia composing for electronic environments. Through our digital literacy initiative, WSU students and faculty are exploring contemporary issues in the design and distribution of textual artifacts, as well as the construction of theoretical and methodological frameworks for researching and teaching in new media environments
Faculty in the graduate program in Rhetoric and Composition have diverse research and teaching interests and expertise. The breadth and depth of the experience our seven full-time faculty members provide students in the graduate program opportunities to research current issues in the field of Rhetoric and Composition studies.
Graduate students in composition studies at Wayne State University bring wide-ranging interests to their work. Upon graduation, many acquire tenure-track positions at major universities across the country.
The second Rhetoric Reading Group Meeting of the semester will take place at 3:30 PM, April 17. The location will be The Motor City Brewing Works (470 W. Canfield Street). Our text will be Daniel M. Gross’ The Secret History of Emotion: From Aristotle to Modern Brain Science (University of Chicago Press, 2007).