April 25, 2014

S&TC major, Bill Siemers, receives Facebook Content Strategy Fellowship

We are delighted to announce that Bill Siemers, a senior in our Science & Technical Communication major, is one of three recipients of the Facebook Content Strategy Fellowship. He will get to attend the Confab Central Minneapolis and meet with the Facebook Content Strategy team.

Congratulations, Bill!!!

March 28, 2014

GPEA: Spring 2014

Joe Moses and Ann Duin will be presenting at the Spring 2014 Graduate & Professional Education Assembly as part of the Digital Fair (1:00). And Ann will be presenting with Chris Cramer as part of the panel presentation at 2:15, and also at the breakout sessions.

Wednesday, April 2 | 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Mississippi Room, Third Floor, Coffman Memorial Union

February 11, 2014

Brian Larson to present at ISSA conference

Ph.D. candidate Brian Larson will be presenting at the 8th quadrennial conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation in July 2014 in Amsterdam. His presentation is titled "'Irreparable harm' and legal arguments by analogy and example." He will present the results of a pilot empirical study of written legal arguments and oral reports of authors' cognition to explore the following research questions: Do American lawyers perceive differences between arguments by analogy and arguments by example, and if so, how are those differences represented in their argumentative writing? The complete abstract is available on his academic blog.

Writing Research Across Borders (WRAB)

The department is proud of the amazing presence we'll have at this year's Writing Research Across Borders (WRAB) conference! We're pleased to be able to support our faculty and graduate students to attend this prestigious meeting in Paris. Congratulations to PhD students Ashley Clayson, Kira Dreher, Brian Larson, Molly Li, Michael Madson, Timothy Oleksiak, Rachel Tofteland; to instructors Bill West and Kimberly Thomas-Pollei; and to Professors Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch and Christina Haas.

July 31, 2013

Graff participates in NEH Summer Institute

Last month, Richard Graff participated in a 3-week summer institute through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Office of Digital Humanities, "Humanities Heritage 3D Visualization: Theory and Practice".

This NEH Summer Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities took place from June 17, 2013 - July 6, 2013. The three-week institute was hosted by the Center for Digital Initiatives (CDI) at Arkansas State University-Jonesboro, and the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.

This summer institute brings together twenty scholars working in the humanities who have research or teaching projects that would benefit from real-time visualization in a game engine, published as standalone applications, web players, or on mobile devices. Participants are provided with a conceptual roadmap to the difficult but intellectually productive issues that surround the academic use of game engines, including the balance of immersion with accuracy, strategies for storytelling and graphical user interfaces (GUIs) in "serious" games, and questions of power and appropriateness in using video game conventions to represent non-contemporary or non-Western cultures. Participants will also receive hands-on training in the digital toolbox for creating game engine content, a basic workflow that they would be able to use in their own projects and bring back to their home institutions.

In addition to the regular participants, the institute brings together an impressive group of lecturers who specialize in the use of 3D visualization and game engines as research tools in the digital humanities, the institute creates an important resource in the form of a community of scholars--which allows for future collaborations between individuals and universities.


July 23, 2013

Summer News!

Congrats to Jacqueline Schiappa! Her book chapter, "Third Wave, Breaking" has been accepted for the (Summer 2014) Demeter Press anthology This is what a feminist slut looks like': Perspectives on the SlutWalk movement. Her chapter addresses Slutwalk as an emblematic figure of third wave feminist theoretical transitions.

Félicitations to Laura Pigozzi, Brian Larsen, Timothy Oleksiak, Kira Dreher, Dawn Armfield, Ashley Clayson, Bill West, Kim Thomas-Pollei, Christina Haas, and Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch. All have been accepted to the 2014 Writing Research Across Borders in Paris, France!

And finally well done and best wishes to Doctors Dawn Armfield, Drew Virtue, and Joshua Welsh who successfully defended their dissertations this summer, and to Susan Leem, our newest MA graduate.

April 22, 2013

First annual "Doing Rhetoric at the U" conference

The University of Minnesota's Communication Studies and Writing Studies departments proudly invite you to our first annual conference titled "Doing Rhetoric at the U" on April 27, 2013, at the Weisman Museum.

Our inaugural question, "What does it mean to 'do rhetoric' at the University of Minnesota in the 21st century," is an invitation extended to faculty and graduate students interested in rhetoric from all department to showcase their current research and create new pathways of collaboration across campus.

With keynote addresses from top scholars in our field and a remarkable selection of 20 papers we begin a crucial conversation with far-reaching implications about our status at the U, our role as scholars, and our impact on the world around us.

For up to date information, check out the conference page at

February 6, 2013

Armfield, Li, and Gurak accepted to IPCC

Dawn Armfield, Molly Li, and Laura Gurak were accepted into the 2013 IPCC conference this summer in Vancouver. Their panel is titled "The Global Reach of Visual Communication: Pitfalls and Potentials."

January 15, 2013

Congrats Chris!

Chris Lindgren was accepted into the 2013 RSA Institute for the "Object-Oriented and Materialist Rhetorics" workshop.

He was also invited to review the book 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 for Enculturation, and is currently wrapping up his co-authored chapter in the Rhetoric and Digital Humanities edited collection with Dr. Kevin Brooks (North Dakota State University). The title of their chapter is, "Tackling a Fundamental Problem: Using Digital Labs to Build Smarter Computing Cultures."

Congrats Chris!

Congrats, Trent!

Trent Kays was accepted into the 2013 RSA Institute for both a seminar and workshop: Argumentation and Rogue Publics in the Digital Age, respectively.

Trent also had a paper accepted to the 2013 HASTAC Conference in Toronto, Canada, with Melonie Fullick (York University, Canada), sava saheli singh (New York University), and Bonnie Stewart (University of Prince Edward Island, Canada). The title of their paper is, "Cohorts without Borders: New Doctoral Subjects."

December 4, 2012

Eliason Presents on ESL

Pat Eliason presented a workshop with George Schooley, an ABE teacher from Hubbs Center in St. Paul, for the MN State Adult ESL Institute May 2012. The presentation was entitled "The Development of Writing Skills Beyond the ESL Classroom."

Pat Eliason was also part of a panel of presenters at the MN State Teachers of English as a Second Language conference, Nov 2012, for a preconference workshop entitled "Corrective Feedback for Linguistic Errors in Adult ESL Writers."

October 30, 2012

Congrats Trent!

Congratulations to Trent Kays who had a digital pedagogy poster accepted for the 2013 4Cs titled, "Tweet Me, Maybe?" Trent was also recently interviewed by MPR about massive open online courses (MOOCs). See the story with audio at MPR.

October 22, 2012

Congrats Timothy!

Timothy Oleksiak's paper "Preliminary Results: Survey on Listening, Identity, and Disagreement" has been accepted at the 2013 Northeast MLA conference in Boston. This paper is part of a 2 panel discussion on empirical research titled "Writing and the Locus of Self: Ascribing Meaning from Writer to Text."

August 21, 2012

Larson to present at 2013 4Cs

PhD student Brian Larson will present his paper "Examining a Twitter-Based Discourse Community of Composition Scholars" at the 2013 Conference on College Composition and Communication in Las Vegas in March 2013. The presentation is part of a panel titled "Web 2.0 as Public Writing: Composition, Collaboration, and Discourse Community in Social Media," that will present case studies in public and scholarly social media use, suggesting theory models that better account for the dynamics of social media use, and applying these theory models to social media in scholarly settings.

August 17, 2012

Kays and Larson to participate in 2013 MLA Roundtable

PhD students Trent Kays and Brian Larson will take part in a roundtable at the 2013 Modern Language Association conference in Boston in January 2013. MLA President Michael Bérubé has decided to include the roundtable, titled "Building Bridges within Digital Humanities," in the brochure on this year's presidential theme, Avenues of Access. The purpose of the roundtable is to bring together digital humanities scholars working in a variety of languages and approaches. It seeks to find ways to build bridges between the "Anglo-American" center of DH with the rest of the world of DH, both within and outside of the US borders. Kays is one of two presiders for the roundtable; Larson is one of five speakers.

August 16, 2012

Breuch and Larson to present at Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication

Dr. Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch and PhD student Brian Larson will present a talk titled "Analysis and Impact of Student Research Writing in a Technical and Professional Writing Course" at the conference of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication at Michigan Technological University in September 2012. Their project focuses on "research writing," or the ways in which undergraduate students interpret, evaluate, and communicate research findings in a written report. They will share preliminary findings of an analysis of 30 student research reports in a technical and professional writing course at a large public institution.

August 14, 2012

Oleksiak to present at 2013 4Cs

Timothy Oleksiak has been invited to present his paper "This Text is Not For You: Rhetorical Eavesdropping and Multimodal Composition" at the 2013 4Cs convention in Las Vegas, NV. This paper is part of a panel presentation called "Composer Agency and Multimodal Composition." The chair of the panel will be Anne Wysocki. Professor Wysocki will also serve as a respondent to the panelists. Congrats Timothy!

May 2, 2012

Kudos, Trent Kays!

Trent Kays had a proposal, "Wikipedia, Ethos, and the Production of Knowledge," accepted to Wikimania 2012 in Washington DC.

He also had a proposal accepted to the 2012 National Council of Teachers of English Conference in Las Vegas, NV. He will be presenting "Twitter and Social Media for Igniting Professional Learning Connections" with colleagues from across the country.

Trent was also a finalist for a UMN Board of Regents Student Representative position.

Congrats, Trent!

February 6, 2012

Congrats Stephen Brasher!

Doctoral candidate, Stephen Brasher's paper "'How the Hell Do I Know Why There Were Nazi's, I Don't Know How the Can Opener Works?' : Woody Allen, Religious Dilemmas, and Film as Pedagogy" was accepted to the American Academy of Religion Upper Midwest Conference. The conference will be hosted by Lutheran Seminary in St. Paul, MN. on March 30-31, 2012.

January 20, 2012

Congrats Trent Kays!

PhD student, Trent Kays had a conference proposal accepted for the Digital (De-)(Re-)Territorializations: New Theory for New Media conference, held and moderated by Bowling Green State University.

Trent had a six word memoir published in Six Words About Work, from SMITH Magazine and edited by Larry Smith.

And, Trent is also the new Open Essays Section Editor for the Writing About Writing Newsletter, which will be debuting for the 2012 CCCC.

December 21, 2011

Writing Studies is Going to RSA 2012!

Congratulations to Writing Studies graduate students who have had their proposals accepted to the 2012 Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America. The conference is May 25-28 in Philadelphia.

Timothy Oleksiak

"Paper Towels Getting Married: Listening to the Cultural Logics of Homosexuality"

Jacqueline Schiappa
Rhetorically (re)remembering Black Power and the Peoples Temple: A Feminist Call for Counter-Histories and Maintained Otherness

Stephen Brasher

"Religious Orthodoxy, Disciplined Discourse, and the Post-human body of Jesus Christ"

May 5, 2011

Association of Internet Researchers

Timothy Oleksiaks and Dawn Armfield have both had papers accepted to the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR / ir12) conference in Seattle, Washington.

Dawn's paper is titled "Ethos to Presence: Canonical Transitions through Postcards."
Timothy's paper is "Digital Performance and Intergenerational Consubstantiality."

Congratulations Timothy & Dawn!

May 10, 2010

Writing Studies at RSA

The Department of Writing Studies, along with the U of M's Department of Communication Studies, is pleased to be hosting and coordinating local arrangements for the Rhetoric Society of America's 14th Biennial Conference to be held in downtown Minneapolis, May 28-31, 2010. Organized in 1968, RSA has grown to become the preeminent rhetorical studies society in the United States. The society's broad mission is "to gather from all relevant fields of study, and to disseminate among its members, current knowledge of rhetoric, broadly construed; to identify new areas within the subject of rhetoric in which research is especially needed, and to stimulate such research; to encourage experimentation in the teaching of rhetoric; to facilitate professional cooperation among its members; to organize meetings at which members may exchange findings and ideas; and to sponsor the publication of such materials." The conference theme is "Rhetoric: Concord and Controversy," and invites participants to deliberate on a set of perennial questions: Does rhetoric civilize? Or does it repress and control? Or both? Does it express the self? Or dissolve it into a cultural miasma? What is the price of community gained through the language of social control? What is the limit of dissent expressed through the language of difference and personal liberation? Where do diversity and sameness meet on the human tongue and in the human condition?

Good luck to all the Writing Studies / Rhetoric faculty, graduate students, and alumni presenting at this year's RSA Conference!

Faculty Presenters:
Carol Berkenkotter, Patrick Bruch, Richard Graff, Laura Gurak , John Logie, Bernadette Longo, Mary Lay Schuster

RSTC Alumni Presenters:
Smiljana Antonijevic, David Beard, T. Kenny Fountain, Cristina Hanganu-Bresch, Erin Wais Hennen, Constance Kampf, Krista Kennedy, Joseph Little, Marianallet Mendez, Gretchen Perbix, Amy Propen, Andreea Ritivoi, Greg Schneider

Current and Incoming Graduate Student Presenters:
Paul Anheier, Dawn M. Armfield, Robert Baron, Joseph Bartolotta, Stephen Brasher, Timothy R. Dougherty, Ed Hahn, Elizabeth Kalbfleisch, Matthew Kaplan, Trent Kays, Aaron Little, Timothy Oleksiak, Tad Patterson, Jacqueline Schiappa, Kimberly Thomas-Pollei, Maggie VanNorman, Drew Virtue, Jeff Ward, Joshua Welsh, Mary Jo Wiatrak-Uhlenkott, Matthew Williams

Download a detailed, printable list of presentations by U of MN faculty, students and alumni.

March 10, 2010

Bill West to present technical writing study in Tel Aviv

Bill west will be presenting the preliminary findings of a study "Using Technical Writing to Teach Empathy to Health Care Students" at the Academic Writing and Beyond in Multicultural Societies conference (IFAW/MOFET) happening July 28-29, 2010 in Tel Aviv.


Using Technical Writing to Teach Empathy to Health Care Students. William West, PhD (Writing Studies), Kathleen Newell, RDH, PhD; Christine Blue, RDH, MS (School of Dentistry), Helene Horwitz, PhD (Medical School) University of Minnesota.

Preliminary findings of a five year study conducted in medical/dental schools to assess the relationship between writing for an audience and measured clinical skills (empathy). A technical writing class was offered to second year medical students (n=166).The same students were evaluated (by medical school instructors) in simulations designed to place future clinicians in challenging patient/practitioner encounters. Actors and evaluators were calibrated to three scenarios that were filmed for later review and quantitative scoring. The students wrote descriptions of these encounters and the writing was evaluated for audience sensitivity using a scale developed for the study that had a reliability coefficient of 0.88 and concurrent validity. Scores from student writing were compared (ANOVA) to scoring on simulations. Two significant (p<0.05) correlations were found: cross-cultural experience and sensitive questioning . The exact nature of the relationship between measured writing and observed clinical skills was difficult to postulate since both writing and clinical data were collected at the same time. A second (four year) study was initiated to determine if improvement in audience directed writing skills results in improved clinical skills thus validating Bandura's Social Cognitive Theory. Dental Hygiene students (n=32) were followed for four years. Three years of simulated patient/practitioner encounter scores were gathered. The students took an audience directed technical writing course and then completed the fourth year simulated encounter. Writing samples from early and late in the course were analyzed for audience sensitivity using the scale developed for the earlier study. The later assignment scores were compared to clinical simulation scores. No correlations were found in first three years of data. Two significant correlations were found in fourth year data. High audience sensitivity correlated with rapport with patient (p=0.3804) and negotiation of self care with patient (p=0.3843). Data suggest ability to change audience sensitivity in writing can translate into clinical empathy.

December 9, 2009

Writing Studies students and faculty to present at RSA

Writing Studies PhD students Mary-Jo Witrak-Uhlenkott, Matthew Willaims, Timothy Oleksiak and Writing Studies professor Pat Bruch along with English PhD student Lucia Pawlowski were invited to present at the Rhetoric Socieity of America's 2010 conference in Minneapolis, MN. A general description of their panel follows:

Inventing the Department: Rhetorics of Access in Writing Studies

As RSA convenes, we pause to remember the 25th anniversary of David Bartholomae's essay, "Inventing the University." As Bartholomae argues, the university should illuminate the performative nature of rhetoric by asking students to "try on the peculiar ways of knowing...that define the discourse of our community." But as Tom Fox suggests in Defending Access, the rhetorics valued in the university frequently invite students to participate in discourse communities in ways that keep critical attention away from the violence of the rhetorical system itself. The concerns for both Fox and this panel center on enabling students to critically grapple with writing as it welcomes, denies, or discourages participation in the university. Specifically, we focus on the rhetorics promoted by the new Department of Writing Studies at the University of Minnesota as these rhetorics relate to the goal of critical participation.

October 20, 2009

The Modern Rhetoric Project: October 22-24th

* To what extent is modern rhetorical theory a rearticulation or transformation of classical rhetorical theories?
* To what extent is modern rhetorical theory a rupture from its classical roots in response to social, aesthetic or technological changes?
* Can we use modern rhetorical theories to generate contemporary rhetorical criticism?

The Institute for Advanced Study is hosting a Colloquium on Modern Rhetoric October 22-24th. Organized by RSTC alumnus, David Beard, this event features presentations from an international faculty in composition, communication and rhetorical studies, including work by RSTC faculty members Richard Graff, John Logie, Art Walzer and Alan Gross, among others. PhD candidates Kim Thomas-Pollei and Liz Kalbfleisch are also participating.

For more information, visit

September 14, 2009

RSA Call for Proposals due Friday, Sept. 18th

Call for Proposals
14th Biennial Conference
May 28-31, 2010
The Minneapolis Marriott City Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Conference Theme

"I have often and seriously debated with myself whether men and communities have received more good or evil from oratory and a consuming devotion to eloquence."

"But put identification and division ambiguously together, so that you cannot know for certain just where one ends and the other begins, and you have the characteristic invitation to rhetoric."
Kenneth Burke

In the de Inventione , Cicero recognizes two opposing dimensions of rhetoric, the one divisive and conflictive, the other irenic and unifying. Kenneth Burke, in characteristic fashion, converts this either/or into a both/and. For him, rhetoric simultaneously divides and unifies, separates as it identifies and dwells most naturally in the in-between space where sameness and difference ambiguously embrace one another. The theme of our conference calls these distinctions and confusions to mind. It asks, among many other things: Does rhetoric civilize? Or does it repress and control? Or both? Does it express the self? Or dissolve it into a cultural miasma? What is the price of community gained through the language of social control? What is the limit of dissent expressed through the language of difference and personal liberation? Where do diversity and sameness meet on the human tongue and in the human condition?

We welcome any and all papers that touch on this theme or that redefine it or reconstruct it or deconstruct it. We also welcome all other papers that deal with any aspect of rhetorical scholarship-historical, theoretical, critical, pedagogical, sophistical or Platonic, Aristotelian or Foucaultian. All are welcome to meet in Minneapolis, a space between the coasts, and a place where nice is the norm, but where nastiness has left it as the only spot in the U.S. where the number of senators has equaled the number of governors for half a year. Celebrate the confusion and the order of Minnesota and of the rhetorical world to which it belongs. Join us at RSA in May.

Proposals for sessions, special events, and individual presentations - due by September 18, 2009 - must be submitted electronically as a Word document. Instruction for submitting abstracts are indicated below. You may also go to for directions. There you will also find information (and regular updates) on housing, special features, and other aspects of RSA 2010.

Follow this link to register online for your RSA 2010 abstract submission:

* Click on "Abstract Submission"

* You must register through the submission system by creating a user name (your email address) and password. This will be your permanent login information.

* Once you have done this, you can log in with your email address and password and begin the process of submitting your conference proposal(s).

* Follow the prompts on the screen by filling in the appropriate information and uploading your proposal.

Shortly after you complete the abstract submission, you will receive a confirmation email with the details that you submitted. NOTE: You will be able to edit proposals through your account up until the deadline for submission. To withdraw a proposal, please contact Camisha Smith (

Individual proposals - should be no longer than 350 words.
Panel proposals - should be no longer than 1250 words.
Special Format proposals - should be no longer than 350 words.
Please submit your proposals no later than September 18, 2009.
Questions? Please contact Michael Leff (

September 10, 2009

New Grad Students Hit the Ground Running

Writing Studies first year Ph.D. students, Jacqueline Schiappa, Joshua Welsh, Andrew Virtue, and Timothy Oleksiak have been accepted to present a panel at this years 4Cs in Atlanta. Their session is titled Writing (in) the Public Sphere: Deliberative Democracy and Computer Mediated Communication. This panel aims to clarify several of the complications that stem from teaching writing with CMC.

Timothy Oleksiak has been accepted to present his paper "Speaking Across the Disciplines: What Speech Pedagogy Can Teach Us about Writing" at the 2009 SAMLA conference in Atlanta.

September 9, 2009

Upcoming Conference Presentations

Joe Weinberg and John Logie have collaborated with Max Haper and Joe Konstan of the Computer Science department to present at the Internet Research 10.0 - Internet: Critical conference for the Association of Internet Researchers in Milwaukee, WI in October. Their paper, The ABCs of DEF is a study of Q&As on websites with an Aristotelian approach.

Mary Jo Wiatrak-Uhlenkott has been accepted to present at two conferences this fall. In October, she is scheduled to present on the identity of the feminist composition community at the 2009 Feminisms and Rhetorics conference at Michigan State University in East Lansing. She is also scheduled to present at the National Women's Studies Association conference in November. The focus of the panel she is on is the politics of memory and the history of domestic violence.

April 2, 2008

Writing Studies at CCCC

Faculty, Instructional Staff, Graduate Students, and Alumnae from the Department of Writing Studies and the Center for Writing are presenting at this year's CCCC Convention in New Orleans.

Bernadette Longo, along with her co-editors Blake Scott and Katherine Wills, will be receiving their NCTE Outstanding Book award at CCCC this year for their collection Critical Power Tools. Congratulations, Bernadette!

Resisting Neoliberal Reality in the Writing Center: Durable, Democratic Networks in Long-Term Tutoring Practices, Relationships, and Program Development
Chair: Tom Friedrich, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Speakers: Tom Friedrich, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, “Long-term Tutoring Relationships as Durable, Democratic Networks: Using Hermeneutic Study of the Essence of Long-term Tutoring to Guide Program
Kirsten Jamsen and Katie Levin, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, “‘What makes a good writing center citizen?’: Two Case Studies of How Long-term Tutoring Relationships Change Writers and Tutors�?
Candance Doerr, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, “Graduate Tutors and Dissertation Writers as Network Reality: Distributed Democracy or Social Reproduction?�?

Rhetorics and Realities of Change: Reflections on Theory and Practice from a New Department of Writing Studies
Chair: Patrick Bruch, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Speakers: Donald Ross, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, “Rhetorics and Realities of Writing as a Campus-wide Initiative at Minnesota�?
Thomas Reynolds, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, “Rhetorics and Realities of First-Year Composition at Minnesota�?
Tim Gustafson, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, “Rhetorics and Realities of Teacher Development at Minnesota�?
Lee-Ann K. Breuch, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, “Rhetorics and Realities of Assessment at Minnesota�?

Bodies, Water, and Money: Epideictic Rhetoric and the Rhetoric of Images in Science

Chair: Ken Baake, Texas Tech University, Lubbock
Speakers: T. Kenny Fountain, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, “Whole-Body Gifts: Epideictic Display and Anatomy Memorial Services�?
Fawn Musick, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, “Making Meanings through Visual Rhetoric in the Medical School Cadaver Lab�?
Derek Ross, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, “Sociopolitics and Dam Tourism: Glen Canyon and Hoover Dam as Recreational Areas�?
Ryan Hoover, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, “Scientists, Visual Rhetoric, and Grant Applications: Striking a Balance between Simplicity and Effectiveness�?

Institutions and the Writing In and Writing Out of Voice
Chair: Anthony Arrigo, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Speakers: Katy Southern, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Writing Histories of the Overlooked: Gender, Status, and the Historical Record�?
Anthony Arrigo, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul, “Puny Hands: The Rhetorically Constructed Identity of Hoover Dam Laborers in Early 20th Century Popular Science Texts�?

Rhetoric Department Alumnae
Jennifer Novak, Denver University, CO, “Shaping Future Biomedical Practices: Kairos, Tools, and the Rhetoric of Medicine�?

Open Source and Free Software Users Group
Co-Chairs: Clancy Ratliff, University of Louisiana, Lafayette
Charles Lowe, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

Not Just a Bullet on an Outcomes Statement: Taking Civic Literacy Seriously

Chair: Clancy Ratliff, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Clancy Ratliff, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, “What Can Composition Learn from Bloggers’ Civic Writing? Tapping Into the Agora�?

Graduate Students at CCCC

Ph.D. students Kenny Fountain and Anthony Arrigo will present at this year's CCCC Convention in New Orleans.

Bodies, Water, and Money: Epideictic Rhetoric and the Rhetoric of Images in Science
Fountain T. Kenny, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, “Whole-
Body Gifts: Epideictic Display and Anatomy Memorial Services?

Institutions and the Writing In and Writing Out of Voice
Chair: Anthony Arrigo, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Anthony Arrigo, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul, “Puny Hands:
The Rhetorically Constructed Identity of Hoover Dam Laborers in Early
20th Century Popular Science Texts?