The Big Rhetorical Podcast (TBR) was conceptualized in the spring of 2018 at Illinois State University. This podcast is a digital platform for scholars of rhetoric and composition, as well as other disciplines, to talk about relevant scholarship within the field while engaging in a lively, academic dialogue. Charles Woods has taken over primary responsibility for TBR Podcast.
In the season two finale of The Big Rhetorical Podcast, Charles talks with Dr. Samantha Blackmon, Professor at Purdue University and Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Not Your Mama's Gamer (NYMG), for the inaugural Keystone Perspectives: A Capstone Podcast. Samantha Blackmon (she/her) is a parent, gamer of more than 4 decades, and games researcher who studies rhetoric at the intersection of video games and identity politics. She loves playing games with her daughter and talking about games with anyone else who will listen or watch on stream (mixer.com/saffista). She is passionate about games and making the games community a more inclusive space. Samantha loves video games, books, crafting, and coffee, definitely coffee. She is also the co-founder of the Not Your Mama’s Gamer podcast and blog and the Editor-in-Chief of NYMG, a middle state Feminist Game Studies journal. Music for this episode contributed by Music contributed by: Silva de Alegria - Vuelve a la Luz; Silva de Alegria - Una Maana Dorada; Justin Hodges - Mellow Fellow; David Hilowitz - Equal Proportions; Ketsa - Slow Vibing. For more information on The Big Rhetorical Podcast, visit our website thebigrhetoricalpodcast.weebly.com.
In the forty-first episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast, Charles collaborates with members of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition (CFSHRC). From their website: "The Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition fosters inquiry in feminist histories, theories, and pedagogies of rhetoric and composition. As a network of diverse teachers and scholars, the Coalition promotes intersectionality, collaboration, and communication in the following areas: 1. the advancement of feminist research and pedagogy across histories, locales, identities, materialities, and media; 2. the education and mentoring of feminist faculty and graduate students in scholarship, research methods, praxis, and the politics of the profession. The Coalition cultivates a dynamic, intellectually challenging, and professionally nurturing community. We welcome and sustain all who do feminist work, inclusive of all genders, sexualities, races, classes, nationalities, religions, abilities, and other identities, in their research and/or classrooms." Music for this episode contributed by: Silva de Alegria - Vuelve a la Luz; Silva de Alegria - Una Maana Dorada; Chad Crouch - Moonrise; Ketsa - The Stork; Justin Hodges - Mellow Fellow; David Hilowitz - Equal Proportions; Ketsa - Slow Vibing; Florian Decros - Sun Tan Lines. Visit thebigrhetoricalpodcast.weebly.com or reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
In the fortieth episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast, Charles talks with Dr. John R. Gallagher about his new book, "Update Culture and the Afterlife of Digital Writing." John R. Gallagher is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. He studies interfaces, digital rhetoric, participatory audiences, and technical communication. He has been published in Computers and Composition, enculturation, Rhetoric Review, Transformations, Technical Communication Quarterly, and Written Communication. His monograph, Update Culture and the Afterlife of Digital Writing, is available from Utah State University Press. He also co-edited a 77-chapter collection with Danielle Nicole DeVoss titled Explanation Points: Publishing in Rhetoric and Composition. Music for this episode contributed by: Silva de Alegria - Vuelve a la Luz; Silva de Alegria - Una Maana Dorada; Chad Crouch - Moonrise; Ketsa - The Stork; Justin Hodges - Mellow Fellow.
In the newest episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast, Charles talks with Noah Wilson as a part of the Emerging Scholar Series. Noah Wilson is a PhD candidate in Syracuse University's Composition and Cultural Rhetoric program where he serves as a Teaching Assistant. Noah's teaching focuses on composition and rhetoric, digital humanities, and surveillance in addition to popular culture and antiracist pedagogy; his teaching often incorporates popular culture and intertextuality. His research focuses on the intersections between rhetorical theory and technology, notably the connections between ethos and the algorithmic technologies that power social media platforms. His dissertation project, "Algorithmic Dwelling: The Consequences of Ethos on Social Media Platforms," examines how a critical posthuman conception of ethos can help us to understand how technologies shape our information processing and community formation. In his free time, Noah enjoys spending time with his family, visiting local coffee shops, and watching horror films.
In the newest episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast, Charles chats with Dr. Jonathan Osborne. Originally from Louisiana, Dr. Osborne moved to Maine after finishing his master’s degree at Tulane University to work in Multicultural Affairs at the University of New England. Currently, he is a newly minted Ph.D. in the English Department at Northeastern University and a Diversity Fellow in the Writing Department at Ithaca College. His dissertation, titled “Difference within Difference: A Study of Modern Black Conservative Rhetoric” argues that scholars of African American rhetoric(s) neglect conservative political perspectives latent within the larger African American rhetorical tradition. Through his research he contends that Black conservative rhetoric contains several rhetorical techniques generally reserved for more mainstream means of persuasion, thus questioning the status of Black conservatives residing on the fringes of social consciousness and Black communities. This podcast features the music by Silva de Alegria - "Una Maana Dorada" and "Vuelve a la"; Florian Decros - "Sun Tan Lines"; and Justin Hodges - "Mellow Fellow."
In the newest episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast, Charles chats with Sarah Young as a part of the Emerging Scholar Series. Sarah is a LEaDing Fellows Postdoc (Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Programme) in the Media, Algorithms, Privacy & Surveillance (MAPS) group in the Media & Communications department at Erasmus University Rotterdam. She studies digital surveillance, predictive investigations, rhetoric, and technical communication. In this episode, Charles and Sarah discuss her time as a field agent, graduate school at Arizona State, and her new role at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
In the newest episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast, Charles chats with Megan. J. Busch. Megan is a PhD Candidate in the University of South Carolina’s English Composition and Rhetoric program. Her research interests include rhetorical stylistics, rhetoric of the American South, and digital composition pedagogies. She currently serves as the Assistant Director of the University of South Carolina’s First-Year Writing program and as the Editorial Assistant of Composition Studies.
Last fall, The Big Rhetorical Podcast put out a call for participants for a unique series of episodes focusing on labor in the academy. In the newest episode of podcast, Charles chats with respondents to that call: Dr. Devon Ralston & Michelle Ralston. Devon Ralston is an Assistant Professor at Winthrop University where she directs the writing center, and teaches rhetoric and writing courses. Her research focuses on intellectual property, identity in online spaces and queer rhetorics. She is an avid podcast listener. Michelle Ralston holds a Master's in Library Science and is a training consultant for Innovative Interfaces, a library software company. She is a dedicated fitness enthusiast who loves racquetball, being outdoors, and has a difficult time sitting still. The couple met in 2004 and have been married since 2011. They reside in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
In the newest episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast Charles covers academic and institutional responses to the COVID-19 global pandemic. This episode features three guests: Dr. Jenn Trivedi, Assistant Professor and Core Faculty Member at the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware, Allegra Smith, Ph.D. student and Assistant Director of the Purdue Professional Writing Program at Purdue University, and Alek Janakievski, an undergraduate student at the University of Dayton.
In the newest episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast, Charles chats with Amber Lee, doctoral candidate at the University of South Carolina, as a part of The Big Rhetorical Podcast Emerging Scholar Series. Amber Lee is a doctoral candidate in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of South Carolina and has an MFA in Creative Writing (fiction) from Emerson College in Boston. Her research focuses on rhetorical theory and memory, problematizing conventional conceptions of memory and its relationship to human oration, history, forgetting, and monumentalization. She teaches first-year English courses at the University of South Carolina, and her pedagogy often mixes rhetorical theory and scholarship with creative writing exercises. She is actively involved in the University of South Carolina’s RSA chapter, and enjoys running, baking, watching stand-up comedy, and entertaining her cat, Raja, in her spare time.
In Season 2, Episode 7 of The Big Rhetorical Podcast, Charles chats with Jesse Rice-Evans as a part of The Big Rhetorical Podcast: Emerging Scholar Series. Jesse (she/her/hers) is a neuroqueer femme poet and rhetorician from North Carolina, now based in NYC (unceded Lenape territory). Read her work in Visible Pedagogy, WUSSY, FIVE:2:ONE, among many others, and in her first collection of poetry, The Uninhabitable (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019). Currently she works as a Digital Pedagogy Fellow at the OpenLab at City Tech and with the CUNY Humanities Alliance as a Web Development and Documentation Fellow.
In the newest episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast, Charles travels to Birmingham, Alabama, to bring you Sounds from the Southeastern Writing Centers Association Conference. Featuring a live recording from The Woolworth in historic Five Points South, Charles chats with incoming SWCA President Janine Morris, as well as professors, graduate students, and other conference attendees about the work they are doing and their experiences at the conference. This recording took place on Friday, February 21, 2020.
In the newest episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast, Charles chats with Joshua Burford and Maigen Sullivan of the Invisible Histories Project. The Invisible Histories Project is working to preserve the archival history of LGBTQ life in the US South. IHP acts as an intermediary between the Queer community and various institutions to create trust and locate archival collections. The project will preserve, collect, research and protect the diverse living history of Queer community and experiences both urban and rural across the South.
Last fall, The Big Rhetorical Podcast put out a call for participants for a unique series of episodes focusing on labor in the academy. In the newest episode of podcast, Charles chats with respondents to that call: Dr. Kristin LaFollette and her husband Justin Samson. Kristin LaFollette (PhD Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH) is a writer, artist, and photographer. She is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Southern Indiana and serves as the Art Editor at Mud Season Review. Justin Samson has a BA in psychology from Indiana University (South Bend) and an MMin in ministry and counseling from Bethel University (Mishawaka, IN); he is currently on staff with Impact Campus Ministries. Kristin and Justin met as undergraduates and have accompanied each other through several advanced degrees, career changes, and moves. They've been married since 2012 and live in Evansville, IN, with their greyhound.
In the newest episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast, Charles talks with Dr. Erin Kathleen Bahl as a part of The Big Rhetorical Podcast: Emerging Scholar Series. Dr. Bahl is an assistant professor of applied and professional writing at Kennesaw State University (Atlanta, Georgia). She graduated with her PhD (English, rhetoric & composition) from the Ohio State University in May 2018 with focuses in digital media, composition, and folklore. She is part of the Praxis & Topoi section editor collective for Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, as well as design editor for Computers & Composition Online, and she publishes on webtexts, comics, multimodal design, and folklore.
In the newest episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast, Charles chats with multiple scholars working in rhetoric and composition about the recent image altering controversy surrounding the National Archives and Records Administration. Guests Dr. Alexis E. Ramsey-Tobienne, Lee Hibbard, and Katelyn Lusher each bring a unique perspective to the podcast.
In the second season premiere of The Big Rhetorical Podcast, Charles chats with Nkeiruka Ruth Nwobodo, a graduate student at Illinois State University. Nwobodo is a 25-year-old woman who loves to be extra. She was born and raised in Nigeria. As a child her father always read to her and her siblings “letter of Abraham Lincoln to his son’s teacher." She became fascinated with the man Lincoln as such, intrigued by anything he was associated with. When she discovered he was from Illinois she became obsessed with Illinois. She would pronounce Illinois as a child with the “s." She had no idea that fate had destined that she would come to this land with cold winters. When she moved to the US in 2018, it was a dream come true; she thought of herself as a character in a 60s movie setting off to a distant land in search of knowledge. She was excited by the new prospect of studying outside the shores of her home country, she did not give any thought to the challenges that she would be facing as an international student. Nwobodo: "Has it been challenging? Yes it has, but it is a challenge I have learnt to live and deal with it and a challenge I would take up again."
In this episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast, part two of a two-part season finale, Charles talks to the NextGen Listserv Moderators. This roundtable discussion features original moderators Sweta Baniya, Ashanka Kumari, and Kyle Larson, as well as new moderators Cana Itchuaqiyaq, Katelyn Lusher, Nupoor Ranade, and Kayla Sparks, talking about the conception of this community as a response to actions on the WPA-L, their roles as moderators, and the ways the NextGen community can make an impact beyond the listserv, including through the publication of an International Scholar Anti-Discrimination Open Letter and a solidarity statement on #NotAgainSU. Make sure to visit The Big Rhetorical Podcast website at thebigrhetoricalpodcast.weebly.com.
In this episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast, part one of a two-part season finale, Charles talks to the NextGen Listserv Moderators. This roundtable discussion features original moderators Sweta Baniya, Ashanka Kumari, and Kyle Larson, as well as new moderators Cana Itchuaqiyaq, Katelyn Lusher, Nupoor Ranade, and Kayla Sparks, talking about the conception of this community as a response to actions on the WPA-L, their roles as moderators, and the ways the NextGen community can make an impact beyond the listserv, including through the publication of an International Scholar Anti-Discrimination Open Letter and a solidarity statement on #NotAgainSU. Make sure to visit The Big Rhetorical Podcast website at thebigrhetoricalpodcast.weebly.com.
In the newest episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast: Emerging Scholar Series, Charles chats with Kimberly Turner, Ph.D. student at the University of Tennessee. Kimberly is a 5th year Ph.D. student in the RWL program. Her field of interest is writing program administration, with a special emphasis on graduate student writing. Before coming to the University of Tennessee, Kimberly taught composition courses at a Florence-Darlington Technical College, the University of North Carolina (Charlotte), and Francis Marion University. Although she has taught composition courses to a wide range of students, she particularly enjoys teaching first generation and non-traditional students, and she is especially thrilled to be able to share her love of writing with her students at UTK.
In this episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast, Charles talks to Phil Choong and Brianna Best, graduate students from Indiana University, about the How to Do Things with Worlds: 18th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference to be held in Bloomington, Indiana on April 10-11, 2020. To submit to this conference, email your submission to email@example.com. In your email, please submit your abstract (both in the body of the email and as an attachment), along with your name, institutional affiliation, degree, email, and phone number. We are also happy to address questions about the conference via email.
In the newest episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast, Charles chats with Cody Jackson. Cody Jackson is currently a second-year PhD student in rhetoric-composition at Texas Christian University. His research and pedagogy are focused on the intersections between queerness, disability, and archival praxis. Cody explores the material implications and influences of anti-ableist composition, theories of time and composing, and queer composition studies. Cody is currently working on a larger project that addresses the ways that material conditions of graduate students and contingent faculty impact larger circulations of knowledge and disciplinarity.
In the newest episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast, Charles talks with Jason Markins, a Ph.D. candidate at Syracuse University. Jason has recently joined Colgate University in Hamilton, NY where he will teach for the 2019-2020 year as a Visiting Instructor. He will commute to Hamilton from Syracuse where he is wrapping up his graduate work in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric. His dissertation is titled “The Head and the Hand: A Comparative Rhetorical Analysis of Craft and Technology in The Craftsman (1901-1916) and Make: (2005-2019).” His dissertation chair is Dr. Krista Kennedy. Jason’s teaching specialties include composition and rhetoric, writing studies, digital humanities, and critical making. His research interests include looking at traditional craft practices, such as woodworking, crocheting, or ceramics, alongside high-tech innovations such as 3-D printing, computer coding, and robotics to see how various craftspersons discuss both how they learned their craft and the unique rhetorical ecologies surrounding what it means to be a craftsperson. He does this, in an effort to draw from these different communities to better understand what it means to be a writer-as-craftsperson at a time when technology is drastically affecting how our students compose texts. Hobbies/Interests: Hiking and backpacking in the Adirondacks, baking bread and brewing beer, and collecting and tinkering with older or historic pieces of technology.
In the newest episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast, Charles talks with Lee Hibbard, a graduate student from Purdue University. Lee Hibbard is a PhD Candidate in Rhetoric and Composition at Purdue University. His research interests include archive theory and practice, game studies and game design, new media texts, digital rhetorics, fandom communities, queer studies, and identity formation, and a lot of his interest intersects with his experiences as a queer transgender man. When he’s not in the classroom or playing video games, he can be found lurking in the darkest depths of the internet, where he’s usually ranting about fictional characters while playing tabletop RPGs and drinking too much coffee.
In the newest episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast, Charles chats with graduate student Lacy Hope. Lacy is a PhD candidate in English at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. Broadly speaking, her research explores the intersections of digital rhetoric, public discourse, and capitalism, while her dissertation investigates how profit-driven personalizing algorithms influence a user’s likelihood to engage civilly on online public comment threads. As an instructor, she helps students develop critical strategies for using digital tools to promote public change. Currently, she teaches Digital Technology & Culture 101 at WSU, as well as an online writing course for Dixie State University in St. George, Utah. She’s also taught technical communication, basic writing, and FYC. Lacy currently serves as a Publicly Engaged Fellow at WSU and has also served as a graduate fellow for the Computers and Composition Digital Press. Her published works can be found in Res Rhetorica and Kairos. In her downtime, she enjoys watching basketball with her husband and playing with her pets Jazz and Rudy.
In the newest episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast: Emerging Scholar Series, Charles talks with Dr. Trevor Meyer from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri in the United States. Trevor is an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric & Composition in the Department of Language, Literature, and Writing and also serves as the internship coordinator for the department. His scholarship focuses broadly on rhetorical and composition theory, with special interest in the ancient and comparative rhetorical and pedagogical theory, as well as questions of conflict, violence, and death throughout many discourses. His current project uses professional wrestling as a lens for engaging with Platonic dialogues. Check out this episode, and all episodes, wherever you get podcasts. If you like what you hear, leave a review! If you want to support the expansion of the Big Rhetorical Podcast, make sure to buy some merchandise: https://www.cafepress.com/tbrpodmerch.
In this special episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast, Charles travels to Kokomo, Indiana to attend the inaugural Mindfulness, Media, and Misinformation in the Digital Era Symposium at Indiana University-Kokomo. Charles was able to catch up with part of the team behind the symposium, including English Professor Dr. Paul Cook and Dean of the Library Polly Boruff-Jones, about the competitive grant they won last year in Washington D.C. to produce the 3M Symposium. Charles was also able to chat with 3M Symposium keynote speaker Michael Caulfield from Washington State University-Vancouver and the American Democracy Project about his interactive workshop and gallery of resources for teaching misinformation in the academy. The Mindfulness, Media, and Misinformation in the Digital Era Symposium was held September 13, 2019
In this episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast, Charles talks to Dr. Kirk St. Amant from the Louisiana Tech University about two upcoming events. Fist, Charles and Kirk discuss the Louisiana Tech Symposium on Visual Communication & Visual Literacy to be held Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2020, in Shreveport, Louisiana; proposals for this event are due September 30, 2019. Then, Charles and Kirk shift gears to promote the The University of Strasbourg Symposium on Usability and Design Done in collaboration with Louisiana Tech University to be held in Strasbourg, France, April 3-4, 2020; proposals for this event are due November 1, 2019. Of course, Charles & Kirk make time to talk about other important things, too! More information on the conferences can be found here: https://la-viscom.weebly.com/call-for-proposals.html.
In the newest episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast: Emerging Scholar Series, Charles talks with Apurba Chatterjee from Sheffield University in the United Kingdom. Apurba is a Ph.D. student in History at Sheffield University where she studies visual rhetoric at the intersection of Indian culture, British colonialism, power, and the body. Check out this episode, and all episodes, wherever you get podcasts. If you like what you hear, leave a review!
In this episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast, Charles talks to Dr. Jaci Wells from the University of Alabama at Birmingham about the 2020 Southeastern Writing Centers Association Conference to be held in Birmingham, Alabama at UAB on February 20-22, 2020. Of course, Charles & Jaci make time to talk about other important things, too, like the emerging food scene in Birmingham and Travis, Jaci's social media superstar pup. More information on the conference can be found here: https://southeasternwritingcenter.wildapricot.org/proposal-submission.
In this episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast, Charles talks to Dr. Ryan Skinnell from San Jose State University about his book "Faking the News: What Rhetoric Can Teach Us About Donald J. Trump," rhetoric and demagoguery, and his work as a professor and WPA. More information on Dr. Skinnell can be found at his website: https://ryanskinnell.com
In this episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast, Charles talks to Dr. Paul Cook from Indiana University Kokomo about the upcoming, "Mindfulness, Media, and Misinformation in the Digital Era," September 13, 2019 in Kokomo, Indiana: https://iuk.libguides.com/3MSymposium2019.
In the longest episode so far, Charles talks to Dr. Ben Harley about his time at the University of South Carolina, where he earned his PhD, and his role as an Assistant Professor at Northern State University.
In this episode of "The Big Rhetorical Podcast: Emerging Scholar Series," host Charles Woods interviews Ph.D. student Emily N. Smith about her time at Penn State and the University of Maryland, as well as her scholarship focusing on Pittsburgh, the American Bicentennial, her work with RSA, and her plans for part of her dissertation project.