Archive for March, 2012

Lauren Mitchell’s RCID Oral Exam Defense

March 13, 2012

“The fringing benefits of rhetorics in architecture”

Happened: 3.13.12, 10:30AM until 12:30PM
Outcome: Lauren successfully–with honors–passed her exams.

Victor J. Vitanza (Chair), Director, RCID (CAAH)
Cynthia Haynes: English Dept.
Martha Skinner: Architecture
Jason T. Young: Architecture (U of Michigan)

Here are some pix:


S3S Society and The Carolina Rhetoric Conference

March 2, 2012

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Visit the S3S (Society of the 3rd Sophistic) | Clemson CAAH RCID.

Carolina Rhetoric Conference, RCID, Clemson University, 2012. Be sure to visit this site for the program. This was a fantastic conference with a full array of formats for presentations and events!

Seven Strange Attractors: How to Repent! And Be Unbaptized!

March 2, 2012

Jimmy Butts’ Defense of Exams, Feb. 29th. An occasion to remember! The defense began with a reception … Jimmy with Stephen Lind (pic below) :

Jimmy’s dissertation topic explores how Victor Shklovsky’s concept of defamiliarization functions rhetorically across different forms of composition and media.  The ethics underlying his writing works against the flood of totalizing immersive media when they elicit only automatic or anesthetized responses from their contemporary audiences.  The project hopes to complicate expectations of standardization by seeing both potential and problems in normative and unusual compositions. He will work through seven forms of inventional strategies for strangeness including figural shifts in media, time traveling, replacement, addition & subtraction, negation, glossolalia, and exponentiation.

Here is Cynthia Haynes, the Chair of Jimmy’s committee, opening the defense:

The Studio room was changed to match the mood of the topics on the exams.

The Defense (snapshots):

Congratulations, Jimmy! (vjv)