Communication Across the Curriculum Speakers Series 2008


Writing Cultures / Connecting Publics:
Composing and Communicating in the Academy and Beyond


Our networked culture has expanded opportunities for writing and speaking in person and online.

How do we learn, teach, and communicate effectively in college and in the public sphere using technologies old and new?

The speakers of “Writing Cultures / Connecting Publics” address this question and explore the interconnections of speaking, writing, visual, and digital communication in higher education and beyond. Internationally known scholars will discuss the importance of multimodal communication and suggest ways teachers throughout the curriculum can prepare students to communicate effectively in a rapidly changing world.

-Thursday, October 9, 2008, 4 p.m.,
Class of 1941 Studio for Student Communication, Daniel Hall

“Rhetorics of Engagement and Networked Learning”
David Blakesley, Purdue University

This presentation offers a new model of service learning and engagement based on new opportunities of networked learning. Built on principles of complexity theory and emergent networks, this model can motivate students across the curriculum to engage wider publics without compromising the traditional ideals of a university education and, for faculty, without sacrificing tenure and promotion.

David Blakesley is Professor of English at Purdue University where he also serves as the Director of the Professional Writing Program. He is author, co-author, or editor of five books, most recently The Thomson Handbook, and numerous articles, hypertexts, and other projects online and off. He has been an editor of WPA: Writing Program Administration, The Writing Instructor, KB Journal, and the Rhetorical Philosophy and Theory series with SIU Press. In 2002, he launched Parlor Press, an independent scholarly publisher of more than 60 books with more than 75 in development. Current research interests are rhetorical theory, digital media, publishing, film, and new technologies.


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-Monday, October 27, 2008, 4p.m.,
Class of 1941 Studio for Student Communication, Daniel Hall

“Unpublic Visibility / Composing Cultures”
Anne Wysocki, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

This presentation considers connections between new visibilities of texts and new technologies of production, distribution, and consumption. The presentation emphasizes the impact on scholarship and teaching of the relations among the often unpublic work of composing texts, composing bodies, and becoming public.

Anne Frances Wysocki is Associate Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she teaches visual and digital rhetorics. She is lead author of Writing New Media: Theory and Applications for Expanding the Teaching of Composition, which won the Computers and Writing Distinguished Book Award, and her compositions have appeared in many journals and books. With Dennis Lynch she has published Compose/Design/Advocate: A Rhetoric for Integrating Written, Visual, and Oral Communication and The DK Handbook. She has designed and produced software to help undergraduates learn 3D visualization and to introduce them to geology. Her interactive new media pieces A Bookling Monument and Leaved Life have won, respectively, the Kairos Best Webtext award and the Institute for the Future of the Book’s Born Digital Competition.


Speakers Series Sponsors: Robert S. Campbell Chair Endowment, R. Roy and Marnie Pearce Center for Professional Communication, RCID: Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design Ph.D. Program, Department of Art, and Department of English

~ Art Young ~



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