Category Archives: Public Rhetorics

A Multimodal Tools Challenge

Each semester, I incorporate a multimodal/multimedia project or project element into my writing courses. I’ve tried many strategies for introducing students to the wide-range of free tools available to them (see my “Online Collaboration Tool” exercise). Currently, students in my Rhetorical Grammar … Continue reading

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Service Learning in Business Writing Courses

A major challenge for service learning programs is how to create reciprocal, sustained collaborations with communities—a challenge that persists even as digital tools provide new options for collaborative writing. Despite the many opportunities for collaboration afforded by digital media, its … Continue reading

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Business Writing and The Pedagogy of “Targets”

Today’s post is the start of a new project. It ends with an open-ended question, and I’d love to hear your answers! In my Business Writing courses themed on social media, I often hear myself speaking of targets: “Who is … Continue reading

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Horkheimer and Adorno | Dialectic of Enlightenment

The first book of my Cultural Studies seminar with Thomas Rickert this semester is Horkheimer and Adorno’s Dialectic of Enlightenment, first published in German in 1944 near the end of WWII. The book was translated into English first in 1972 … Continue reading

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Embodied Writing

I fell in love with Rhetoric and Composition upon first reading about the role of embodiment in writing. Writers like Patricia Dunn, Kathleen Blake Yancey, Malea Powell, and Jacqueline Jones Royster (among many others) engaged my attention by linking writing … Continue reading

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Quick Review of “Chore Wars” (TIME’s August 2011 Cover)

Some of the frustration Susan Bordo expresses in Unbearable Weight toward the feminist lack of organized anger today came out for me when I read the cover story in TIME Magazine’s August 2011 issue.  Essentially, this article encourages wives to stop … Continue reading

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To the Sound of Elevator Music: Elevator Pitches!

Next week, my business writing students will present elevator pitches for fictional companies, making specific suggestions about how the company should use social media for advertising, gaining client feedback, increasing brand recognition, obtaining internet pull research, or protecting the company … Continue reading

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