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. The Big Rhetorical Podcast is hosted by Charles Woods.
The Season 4 Finale features Dr. Brian Gaines as a part of the Keystone Perspectives: A Capstone Podcast series. Brian Gaines is a designer, writer, and the Visiting Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Professional Writing at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he teaches a variety of Media and Professional and technical Writing courses, including Writing and Digital Media. Prior to coming to Virginia Tech, Brian graduated from Clemson University’s interdisciplinary Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design (RCID) PhD program where he was the last graduate student of the “Bad Boy of Rhetoric,” Victor Vitanza. His research interests reside at the nexus of visual rhetoric, surveillance studies, détournement, and hauntology. His work has appeared in Textshop Experiments, Sweetland DRC, and Parlor Press, among others. For more information on The Big Rhetorical Podcast visit our website thebigrhetoricalpodcast.weebly.com.
Episode 71 features a discussion with Anna Zeemont as a part of The Big Rhetorical Podcast Emerging Scholar Series. Anna Zeemont is a PhD candidate in English at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center concentrating in Composition-Rhetoric and American Studies. She’s currently a Dissertation Fellow at the Gittell Urban Studies Collective, a fellow with CUNY’s New Media Lab, and a consultant at Baruch College’s Writing Center. Anna’sresearch draws on queer-feminist decolonial and abolitionist frameworks to interrogate the politics and movement of literacy across educational institutions and urban geographies. Other interests include multimodal pedagogies and rhetorics “critical university studies” archival methodologies and science and technology studies.For more information on The Big Rhetorical Podcast visit www.thebigrhetoricalpodcast.weebly.com.
Episode 70 features Dr. Cara Marta Messina as a part of our Emerging Scholar Series. Dr. Cara Marta Messina recently received her PhD from Northeastern University English Department focusing on Writing & Rhetoric. Her digital dissertation, "The Critical Fan Toolkit: Fanfiction Genres, Ideologies, and Pedagogies," (http://www.criticalfantoolkit.org/) explores critical fanfiction writing practices, critical fan authors' processes, and their pedagogical values inside and outside traditional classrooms. She received the 2019 Kairos Graduate Student Teaching Award. Starting in Fall 2021, Cara will be an Assistant Professor of English, in Professional Writing, at Jacksonville State University. For more information on The Big Rhetorical Podcast visit www.thebigrhetoricalpodcast.weebly.com.
(Alex Hanson (she/her/hers) is a currently a PhD candidate in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric at Syracuse University. Her research interests include composition pedagogy, WPA, institutional rhetoric, language politics, and feminist rhetorics. Her dissertation project, “Not Appropriate for Children: A Look at the Composition Practices and Rhetorical Strategies of Single Moms in Academia” explores how single moms’ parental identities shape their composition work, as well as how they navigate academia.
Episode 68 features Dr. Whitney Jordan Adams join the The Big Rhetorical Podcast parlor as part of the Emerging Scholar Series. Whitney Jordan Adams is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. She is a 2020 PhD graduate from Clemson University’s interdisciplinary Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design program. Her dissertation, “A Rhetoric of Resentment: Dismantling White Supremacy Through Definition, Scholarship, and Action,” examines the role of resentment in white supremacy, and how this rhetoric can be dismantled not only through scholarship, but also through positive pedagogical disturbance, rhetorical listening, and action in the classroom and community. At Berry, Whitney is invested in diversity and equity initiatives, and will be teaching a class in Spring 2021 where Berry students will be reading, writing, and engaging in rhetoric for social change. Whitney has also taught at the Université de Versailles in Versailles, France, and at the Harbin Institute of Technology in Harbin, China. In her free time, Whitney enjoys playing golf and traveling. For more information on The Big Rhetorical Podcast visit our website thebigrhetoricalpodcast.weebly.com.
Dr. William Duffy joins The Big Rhetorical Podcast to discuss his new book, "Beyond Conversation: Collaboration and the Production of Writing." Dr. William Duffy is Associate Professor of English and Coordinator of the Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication Program at the University of Memphis. His scholarship has been published in Rhetoric Review, Composition Studies, College English, and Present Tense, as well as in various edited collections. His new book Beyond Conversation: Collaboration and the Production of Writing is available now from Utah State University Press.
Pulitzer Prize winning writer John Archibald joins the podcast parlor to chat about his new book, "Shaking the Gates of Hell: A Search for Family and Truth in the Wake of Civil Rights Revolution,” which was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2021. In 2018, John won the Pulitzer Prize for his commentary on politics in the state of Alabama and, in 2020, was awarded a Nieman Foundation Fellowship to study the future of digital media at Harvard University. For more information on The Big Rhetorical Podcast visit thebigrhetoricalpodcast.weebly.com or follow us on Twitter and Facebook @thebigrhet.
Episode 65 of The Big Rhetorical Podcast features a discussion with Gareth Jones, Assistant Director of Service Learning and Undergraduate Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Gareth has taught Film Studies for 13 years in three states including at Wesleyan College, Brewton Parker College, and currently the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In addition, he has worked for over twenty years for the Sundance Film Festival as a consultant for festival logistics in parking and transportation. He also co-hosts a radio show about film called Sleep In Cinema on the internet radio station, Substrate Radio.
Episode 64 features a discussion with Zac Hyden from The Automotive Free Clinic. Zac holds a degrees from Auburn University and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from the University of California Berkeley. His research interests include popular education, The American South, and Just Sustainability, among other subjects, and he has published on food justice and racial and socio-economic disparity in the South. In 2019, Zac published his book Memoirs of a Mad Redneck with Guillotine Press. Futhermore, he holds an Automotive Service Excellence Certification in Brakes and runs the Automotive Free Clinic.
Episode 63 features a discussion with Kyle Larson and Dr. Guy McHendry about their article "Parasitic Publics." Kyle Larson is a Ph.D. Candidate at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. His dissertation is titled "Emergent Counterpublicity: Social Movement and Anti-Racist Student Organizing," and his work can be found in RSQ, Peitho, and the Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric. Dr. Guy McHendry is an Associate Professor at Creighton University. Along with numerous book chapters and a textbook, Dr. McHendry’s recent work can be found in RSQ and Argumentation and Advocacy. Their article, “Parasitic Publics,” in RSQ is the recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Article Award from the Critical Cultural Studies Division of the National Communication Association.
Episode 62 features a discussion with Jessica Kester & Dr. Stephanie Vie about their article Social Media in Practice: Assignments, Perceptions, Possibilities in the newest issue of Currents in Teaching and Learning. Jessica Kester is a Professor of English in the School of Humanities and Communication and the Quanta-Honors College at Daytona State College. Dr. Stephanie Vie is Associate Dean of the Outreach College and Professor of English at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. This episode includes the announcement of The Big Rhetorical Podcast Emerging Scholar Award. For more information visit our website thebigrhetoricalpodcast.weebly.com.
Episode 61 features a discussion with Dr. Matthew Boedy to talk about his newest book May, 1970. Dr. Boedy is an assistant professor of rhetoric and composition at the University of North Georgia in Gainesville. He teaches first-year composition and courses in professional writing. He published his first book, Speaking of Evil, in November 2018 with Rowman & Littlefield. His new book, May, 1970, is published through Intermezzo. His research interests include rhetorical theory and its relationship to religion. For more information on the podcast visit thebigrhetoricalpodcast.weebly.com.
On the 60th episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast Charles chats will William Repetto. William Repetto is a PhD student in English at the University of Delaware. He is interested in developing a historicist lens that recovers broad economic historical movements from the minutiae of exchange in novels. He is also interested in the overlap of English literature and entrepreneurship, particularly the application of literary methods to understanding business leadership. His recent coursework has covered digital intimacy, Post-Civil-War literary history, and literary theory. He has just submitted a brief chapter to Threshold Conscripts, a book project seeking to capture the pandemic-era observations of early-career intellectuals – which will be available in Spring 2021. For more information on The Big Rhetorical Podcast follow us on Twitter @thebigrhet.
In this episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast Charles chats with Dr. Mohamed Yacoub. Dr. Yacoub is an assistant teaching professor in the Writing and Rhetoric Program in the English Department at Florida International University. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Composition and Applied Linguistics from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in May 2020. His dissertation explores the narratives of multilingual Muslim students in undergraduate required composition courses and investigates how writing program structures that implement integration or separation practices affect the identity of multilingual Muslim students. Dr. Yacoub has published in different scholarly journals such as The Journal of Language, Identity & Education; Studies In Contrastive Grammar; International Journal of Social Science and Humanities Research; and The Qualitative Report. Dr. Yacoub has English teaching experience in Dalian, China; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Cairo, Egypt; Missouri, USA; Pennsylvania, USA, and now in Miami, FL.
This episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast features a discussion with Alexander Williams as a part of the Emerging Scholar Series. Alexander Williams is currently a Master’s candidate in Literature and a member of the Engaged Arts and Humanities Scholars cohort at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His poetry and scholarship is heavily rooted in hauntology and as a musician he explores the persona created by the Black male rapper in the United States. Because the persona created by the Black male rapper in the United States is, for all intents and purposes, a social experiment, Alexander’s work becomes the ultimate case study for his scholarly pursuits as poet, persona, and critic. In addition to deepening his creative canon, Alexander also conducts community projects and wellness workshops designed for students of color.
On Season 4, Episode 2 of The Big Rhetorical Podcast, Charles talks to Deb Dimond Young as a part of the Emerging Scholar Series. Deb Dimond Young teaches first-year integrated communication and writing at the University of Northern Iowa and is currently working on a PhD in rhetoric and professional communication at Iowa State University. Her research interests include composition pedagogy, community-engaged writing, and feminist rhetoric. Deb also has a nerdy interest in the pedagogical possibilities of fandom podcasts and an abiding love of really old cookbooks. You can follow her on Twitter @debdimondyoung. For more information, follow us on Twitter @thebigrhet.
In the Season 4 Premiere of The Big Rhetorical Podcast, Charles Woods talks with Dr. Gavin P. Johnson. Dr. Gavin P. Johnson (he/his) is a teacher-scholar specializing in multimodal composition, queer rhetorics, writing assessment, and digital activism. He currently works as an assistant professor at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN, where he teaches courses in cultural rhetorics, professional communications, and writing. He completed his PhD at The Ohio State University (2020) where he served as co-associate director of the international Digital Media and Composition Institute (DMAC). He earned his MA from North Carolina State University (2015) and BA from Nicholls State University (2013). His research and service receive national recognition, including the Gloria Anzaldúa Rhetorician Award from CCCC in 2017 and the Kairos Service Award in 2019 as part of the nextGEN listserv start-up team. His research is published or forthcoming in College Literacy and Learning, Composition Studies, Computers and Composition, Constellations, Peitho, Pre/Text: A Journal of Rhetorical Theory, Teacher-Scholar-Activist, and various edited collections. Dr. Johnson is a proud first-generation college graduate from southeast Louisiana.
The Season 3 finale of The Big Rhetorical Podcast is the second installment in our Keystone Perspectives: A Capstone Podcast. This episode features a discussion with the editors of The Best of the Journals in Rhetoric & Composition. Guests include Drs. Brian Bailie, Kristi Girdharry, Steve Parks, Jessica Pauszek, and Charles Lesh.
The 54th episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast features host Charles Woods chatting with Dr. Stephen M. Underhill about his book, The Manufacture of Consent: J. Edgar Hoover and the Rhetorical Rise of the FBI. Stephen M. Underhill is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Marshall University. His interest in rhetoric is grounded in the interplay of history and politics, especially as it is recorded in primary source documents. More to the point, he is interested in studying institutionalized power in critical and cultural contexts, which directs his focus to matters of law enforcement and national security discourse. Stephen is interested in how law enforcement speaks to and about its different publics to preserve and defend power structures. He is published in Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Quarterly Journal of Speech, and Western Journal of Communication. His recent book from Michigan State University Press, The Manufacture of Consent: J. Edgar Hoover and the Rhetorical Rise of the FBI, is a formative project that coupled his interests in rhetoric and archival research.
The 53rd episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast is an Election Eve Special Episode. Host Charles Woods incorporates rhetoric & popular culture to historicize our current moment and look to the future of our democratic systems.
This episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast is another entry in our Emerging Scholar Series. Dr. Amanda Sladek is an Assistant Professor of English and Composition Coordinator (her University’s term for WPA) at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Her research focuses on language diversity and multiliteracies in introductory composition and Basic Writing. She teaches Basic Writing, First-Year Writing, and graduate and undergraduate courses in World Englishes, literacy studies, and composition pedagogy. She is Chair of the CCCC Untenured and Alternative-Academic WPA Standing Group, which advocates for the needs of WPAs who operate without the protection of tenure, including pre-tenure faculty, academic support staff, and graduate students. When not teaching, writing, or administrating, she enjoys yoga, online advice columns, and watching Netflix with her 10-year-old cocker spaniel, Scout.
The 51st episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast features a discussion with Nicole Callihan about the upcoming NYU ReVision & ReForm: Writing Across the Borders symposium. Poet and writer Nicole Callihan is a Senior Language Lecturer in New York University’s Expository Writing Program where she serves as Assistant Director of EWP at Tandon’s School of Engineering. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma with two advanced degrees from NYU, Nicole began teaching first-year composition in 2002. Her research interests include Contemporary poems and poetics; digital pedagogies; intersections of class and gender; integrations of sciences and humanities; the essay; collaborations between poets and other artists (literary, visual, performative); the first-year writer; archives in the undergraduate classroom; pedagogies of inclusion and accessibility; and pedagogies for multilingual learners. She is the founder and coordinator of NYU’s 2020 Symposium ReVision & ReForm: Teaching Writing Across Borders which will take place via Zoom October 23 & 24.
In the 50th episode of The Big Rhetorical Podcast Charles talks with Dr. Bonnie Kyburz. dr. bonnie lenore kyburz teaches writing, rhetoric and digital media. She supports creative vision and composes reflective, rhetorically timely texts via digital filmmaking, installations, multimodal composing, and print. She makes short digital films, documentaries and experimental pieces that hope to resonate as entertaining, provocative arguments for evolving scholarly scenes. Her current book is Cruel Auteurism: Affective Digital Mediations Toward Film-Composition, in the #writing series at The WAC Clearinghouse and University of Colorado Press. kyburz’ work appears in Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, Enculturation: A Journal of Writing, Rhetoric, and Culture, Composition Studies, College English, and other NCTE publications.
Episode 49 of The Big Rhetorical Podcast features a discussion with Jordan Guido & Carlos Rosa, graduate students at Nova Southeastern University, about their presentation at the 2020 Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference. Jordan Guido (He/Him) is a Master's Student in the Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media Master's Program at Nova Southeastern University. He is also a graduate assistant coordinator in the NSU Writing & Communication Center. His research focuses on Queer rhetorics and he has presented at regional and national conferences, including SWCA. Carlos Rodriguez Rosa (he/him/his) is a Master's Student in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media at Nova Southeastern University. He currently holds a position as a Graduate Assistant Coordinator at NSU’s Writing and Communication Center where he provides writing assistance to undergraduate students, mentors undergraduate consultants, and serves as a Composition Fellow for first year writing courses. Rodriguez Rosa's research focuses on the intersection between composition studies and identity studies. His work takes up topics including queer inclusion in writing centers, identity formation within online role-play writing communities, and the role of politics within academic practices.
Episode 48 of The Big Rhetorical Podcast features a discussion with Samantha Dean and Toria Folsom about their presentation at the Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference. Samantha Dean is a master’s student at Mississippi State University. She received her bachelor’s degree in English Writing at Mississippi College and also earned her TESOL certificate while completing her undergrad. She is now pursuing a M.A. in English literature, and she works as a graduate/teaching assistant with the Mississippi State University English department. Sam also works as a tutor with the Writing Center on campus and teaches English Composition. Her research interests include American literature and Composition and Rhetoric studies. Toria Folsom was born in Holly Springs, MS, and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in English at Mississippi State University. She has previously conducted research regarding the declining use of public libraries in America and the rate of extra-curricular institutional support for English majors as compared to STEM majors. She has worked as a writing tutor at the MSU Writing Center since 2019 and has since been conducting research regarding ESL students in the American academic context and in writing centers. She is also currently researching the relationship and history between food, identity, and literature in the Native American community.
Episode 47 of The Big Rhetorical Podcast is another entry in the Emerging Scholar Series. Florianne "Bo" Jimenez is a PhD candidate in rhetoric and composition at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she is currently Assistant Director of the UMass Writing Center. Her research interests lie in postcolonial theory, multilingual writing, literacy history, and Filipino studies, and she is writing her dissertation on resistance in Filipino student writing in the American colonial classroom at the turn of the 20th century. She was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. When she’s not writing her dissertation, Bo loves working out, reading, testing new recipes in the kitchen, and spending time with her husband and their two cats.
Episode 46 of The Big Rhetorical Podcast is another entry in the Emerging Scholar Series and features a discussion with Dr. Gregory Bruno, Assistant Professor in English at Kingsborough Community College in the City University of New York where he serves as a specialist in first year writing studies. He designs and teaches co-enrolled exchange program courses at correctional facilities in the greater New York City area. His current research emphasizes a dialogical approach to pedagogy in prison, both as a means of establishing a classroom approach rooted in meaningful exchange as well as a way of reconceptualizing the manner in which we discuss such programs’ impact or effectiveness. He earned his doctorate in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2019. Outside of the profession, Greg enjoys weight-training, running, and playing guitar. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Find more information about the podcast at www.thebigrhetoricalpodcast.weebly.com.
Episode 45 of The Big Rhetorical Podcast features a discussion with Dr. Jessica Pauszek and is another entry in our Emerging Scholar Series. Dr. Jessica Pauszek is Director of Writing and Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M University – Commerce. She is from the small industrial city of Dunkirk, New York and a lifelong Buffalo Bills fan. Her research interests bring together working-class studies, local and transnational community literacy and community engagement, and archival methods. Since 2013, she has led a team of international scholars and community members in the curation of print (in London) and digital archives of transnational working-class writing by the Federation of Worker Writers and Community Publishers (1976-2007). She was awarded a 2018 CCCC Emergent Researcher Award and her dissertation received the 2018 Honorable Mention for the CCCC James Berlin Outstanding Dissertation Award. Her current book project is entitled “Writing From ‘The Wrong Class’: Archiving Labor in the Context of Precarity.” Her work appears in CCC, Community Literacy Journal, Literacy in Composition Studies, Labor History Today podcast, Reflections and more.
Season 3, Episode 3 features a roundtable of rhetoric scholars discussing current political discourse in America. With the 2020 election less than 70 days away, panelists dive into a variety of topics including Donald Trump, demagoguery, police violence, immigration policy to discuss what rhetoric has taught us about US political discourse, and what it can teach us going forward. Panelists include Dr Jennifer Mercieca, a historian of American political rhetoric and Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Texas A&M University; Dr. Donnie Johnson Sackey, Assistant Professor in the Department of Rhetoric & Writing at the University of Texas-Austin; and, Dr. Ryan Skinnell, Associate Professor of Rhetoric & Writing in the Department of English at San José State University. Find TBR Podcast online: thebigrhetoricalpodcast.weebly.com & on Twitter @thebigrhet.
The Season 3 debut of The Big Rhetorical Podcast also serves as the Keynote for The Big Rhetorical Podcast Carnival 2020: The Digital Future of Rhetoric & Composition. Dr. James Chase Sanchez is assistant professor of writing and rhetoric at Middlebury College in Vermont. His research interests are in cultural and racial rhetorics, public memory, and protest, and his research has appeared in College Composition and Communication, Pedagogy, Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric, and Present Tense. Sanchez currently has two books forthcoming: a co-authored manuscript titled Race, Rhetoric, and Research Methods and a single-authored manuscript tentatively titled Salt of the Earth: Rhetoric, Preservation, and White Supremacy. The latter manuscript is based upon a documentary Sanchez produced, Man on Fire, which won an International Documentary Association Award in 2017 and aired on PBS via Independent Lens in 2018. Lastly, Sanchez is finishing production of a second documentary, titled In Loco Parentis, which focuses on an elite New England boarding school with a history of covering up sexual assault.
This episode of Writing Remix Podcast is a special episode produced for The Big Rhetorical Podcast Carnival 2020: The Digital Future of Rhetoric & Composition. You can find more information about Writing Remix Podcast at their website, https://writingremixpodcast.com, and on Twitter @WritingRemixPod.
This special episode of re:verb is was produced for The Big Rhetorical Podcast Carnival 2020: The Digital Future of Rhetoric & Composition. Make sure to check out more episodes of re:verb on their website https://www.reverbcast.com and follow the podcast on Twitter @reverb_cast.
This special episode of Kairoticast hosted by M. Elizabeth Thorpe is an episode produced for The Big Rhetorical Podcast Carnival 2020: The Digital Future of Rhetoric & Composition. Find more information on re:verb at the website https://kairoticast.com and follow the podcast on Twitter @kairoticast.
In this special episode, the team at Global Rhetorics Podcast discuss the digital future of rhetoric and composition as a part of The Big Rhetorical Podcast Carnival 2020. Make sure to listen to other episodes of Global Rhetorics Podcast https://globalrhetorics.com, and follow them on Twitter @globalrhet.
This special episode for The Big Rhetorical Podcast Carnival comes from the podcast "Rhetoricity" and it's host Eric Detweiler. In this podcast carnival episode, Eric discusses the digital future of rhetoric and composition, which is the theme for the carnival. Make sure to listen to other Rhetoricity episodes https://rhetoricity.libsyn.com, and follow the podcast on Twitter @RhetCast.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.