Archive for the ‘Speakers’ Category

RCID Research Forum, AY 2011-2012

April 23, 2012

The Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design doctoral Program, with the support of the College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities, gives thanks to all of our colleagues who made presentations to both Students and Faculty attending the RCID Research Forum, AY 2011-2012

Fall Semester, 2011

1. Brian McGrath, Department of English. The title of his presentation was “Dead Men Running.”

2. The Four Amigos, Department of English: David Blakesley, Cynthia Haynes, Jan Holmevik, and Victor Vitanza. They spoke of their various “High Wired Redux sequels that are forthcoming in the Cybertext Yearbook.”

3. Kayrn Jones, Department of Communication Studies. The title: “Research on Parenting Children with Disabilities: Communication, Identity, and Social Support.”

4. Sam Fredrick, Department of Languages. The title: “The Utopian Narrative Space of Gerhard Meier’s Toteninsel.”

5. Sydney Cross, Department of Art. The title: “Cultural Strata.”

6. Travers Scott, Department of Communication Studies. The title: “Killer Apps and Sick Users: Patterns in Pathological Technoculture.”

Spring Semester, 2012

7. Michael LeMathieu, Department of English. The title: “The Erasure of Logical Positivism in American Literature.”

8. Joe Mazer, Department of Communication  Studies. The title: “Communication, Social Media, and Interpersonal Relationships: Productive and Problematic Implications for Relational Closeness and Well-Being Outcomes.”

9. Elizabeth Rivlin, Department of English. The title: “Adapting Shakespeare: Trauma, Ethics, and Knowledge.”

10. Armando Montilla, School of Architecture. The title: ” ‘Unrooting’ the American Dream: Exiling the Ethnospace in the midst of Urban Fractality.”

11. Joseph Mai, Department of Languages. The title: “Vulnerability, Shame, Pastoral: Animals in Milan Kundera’s Unbearable Lightness (or Why We Humans Should Gouge Out Our Eyes).”

12. Beth Anne Lauritis, Department of Art. The title: “Art exhibition as discourse: Lucy Lippard’s politics of visibility.”

Thank you all!The RCID Research Forum will return in August for the AY 2012-2013.


RCID Research Forum, AY 2010-11

April 21, 2011

The RCID program along with the CAAH thanks our faculty-colleagues for their presentations of research for the AY 2010-11.

–Fall 2010

Bryan Denham, Department of Communication Studies: “Mass Communication and Deviance Amplification: Conceptual Processes.”

Tharon Howard, Department of English: “Who Watches the Watchmen: Evaluating Multimodal Scholarship in the Academy.”

Christina Hung, Department of Art: “Peripatetic Looking: Making the Image and Its Situation.”

Jan Holmevik, Department of English: “The Electrate Ludic Transversal.”

Linda Li-Bleuel, Department of Performing Arts: “Lucie Robert’s 10 + 1: A Landmark Work in the Creation of a Performance Medium.”

–Spring 2011

Steve Katz, Department of English, “Plato’s Nightmare: Poetry in an Age of Electracy?”

Barton Palmer, Department of English: “Textual Multiplicities and the Auteur Theory: Some Thoughts on Genette and Jameson”

Diane Perpich, Department of Philosophy and Religion: “Heidegger’s Contribution to Social Ontology.”

Susanna Ashton, Department of English: “South Carolina Slave Narratives.”

Martha Skinner, Department of Architecture: “CiTy-SCAN: The Sensual and Scientific Notation of the Human Body and the City Body”

Johannes Schmidt, Department of Languages: “Resisting theory: 18th-century German theater and the education of the masses.”

Clemson Lectures in Theory and Criticism (CLTC)

March 26, 2011

Our inaugural speaker was Cathy Caruth, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Comparative Literature at Emory University and distinguished scholar of trauma theory.

Professor Caruth delivered her lecture, “After the End: Psychoanalysis in the Ashes of History,” on Thursday, September 30th at 5 pm in Daniel Hall’s Class of 1941 Studio. Her lecture focused on the writings of French philosopher Jacques Derrida as well as Sigmund Freud’s reading of Gradiva, a novel about Pompeii by Willhelm Jensen.

In “After the End,” Caruth explored the ways in which philosophy and literature bear witness to a past buried in the ashes of history.

She also agreed to lead a seminar for faculty and students on her work on the philosopher Hannah Arendt.

The CLTC is supported with funds from the Humanities Advancement Board.

RCID Research Forum, AY 2009-2010

May 4, 2010

The RCID Program (participating faculty and students) would like to thank the faculty in the CAAH for making presentations on their research in progress.

Thank you all! You serve as exemplars for all of us. …

Next AY we will continue to offer the RCID Research Forum, on alternate Mondays along with our three Colloquia on “Theory/Criticism,” “Serious Games,” and “Body/Materiality.” We hope to include faculty from other Colleges.

The purpose of the RCID Research Forum is to promote cultures of research across the College as well as collegial relationships among the faculty and students.

The presenters:

Fall/Spring 2009-2010 Schedule, RCID Research Forum

Todd May (Philosophy)
“Friendship as Resistance”

Catherine Paul (English)
“Can a Poet be a Traitor?”

Jeff Love (Languages)
“Novel Infinities: War and Peace and 2666”

Stephanie Barczewski (History)
“Does Britishness Have to Be British?: Country Houses, Empire and the Hybridity of British National Identity”

Kate Hawkins (Communication Studies)
“Media framing of news regarding childhood obesity.”

Ted Cavanagh (Architecture)
“Diversity and the Social Construction of Invention in Wood Housing Technology.”

Cynthia Haynes (English)
“Post-Conflict Pedagogy: Writing in the Stream of Hearing.”

Lee Morrissey (English)
“Technologie und Weltliteratur.”

Andy Billings (Communication Studies)
“The Mega within the Niche: Sports Television and the Scope of Narrative”

Aga Skrodzka-Bates (English)
“Grounding Cinema: Issues of Locality in East Central European Film.”

Mark Charney (Performing Arts)
“The Politics of Ensemble Research: Studies in Ambroise Vollard and Thomas
Green Clemson”

Anderson Wrangle (Art)

Andrea Feeser (Art)
“Beginning a Dialogue on Art, Post-Pedagogy, and Post-Hermeneutics”

… to be continued …

Communication Across the Curriculum Speakers Series 2008

November 9, 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 ~


Speakers’ Series: “Communication in the 21st Century”

October 29, 2007

tod.jpgOn October 22, Clemson hosted Dr. Todd Taylor, Professor of English and Writing Program Administrator at UNC-Chapel Hill, and co-author of The Columbia Guide to Online Style and co-editor of Publishing in Rhetoric and Composition, Literacy Theory in the Age of the Internet. Dr. Taylor had prepared a movie presentation, “Making Movies: Metamedia for Communication Across the Curriculum,” combining his own speech, the testimonials and interviews of scholars and students, as well as professional and amateur movie clips. Early in the presentation, he stated that his goal wasn’t to replace writing assignments with movie making, but to improve undergraduate writing by integrating movie production across the curriculum. He then further explored movie-making as a genre that can exist in multiple disciplines as creative works, narratives, and displays of research and field experiences.

During a movie clip featuring Roberto Benigni (over which Dr. Taylor laid hilarious WAC-themed subtitles), we are posed to wonder if film, the mother of digital composition and this generation’s favorite form of metamedia, will be the end of traditional composition. Taylor says no, that film requires scripting, screenplays, storyboarding, and allows students to better perceive what their audience will see and experience. By thinking ahead to how the audience will react to their movie, students have a better handle on writing for their audience and thinking about the whole experience of their creation. Not only does movie-making not replace writing, it necessitates more writing and facilitates the development of better writing skills.


Beginning with the traditional annotated bibliography as the foundation and progressing to the storyboard to the script to the soundtrack, the students’ writing must be strong in order for their visual and auditory arguments to be valid and effective. Dr. Taylor argues that with the emergence and evolution of technology, the goals of teaching have changed, and coursework must be adapted to fit this growth and progress. In an era where multiple senses are engaged concurrently during acts of communication, movies can be seen as products of the teaching of multiple literacies across curricula. We can incorporate concepts from various disciplines and portray them through various media in order to create a richer experience for a wider, more open-minded audience. According to Dr. Taylor, we should think outside the box and beyond the traditional essay, giving students opportunities to utilize other multi-dimensional means of conveying information, thus strengthening them as critical thinkers and writers.

~ Art Young


Speakers’ Series: “Communication in the 21st Century”

October 8, 2007

On Monday, October 1, 2007, Clemson University hosted Dr. Peter Elbow, Professor of English (Emeritus) from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Professor Elbow is the nationally-renowned author of such books as Writing without Teachers, Writing with Power, and Everyone Can Write: Essays Toward a elbow2sm.jpgHopeful Theory of Writing and Teaching Writing.

During his presentation, “What Speaking Has That Writing Needs: An Exploration of Modalities,” Professor Elbow compared the process of writing with that of speaking. He suggested that spoken language is more spontaneous than written language, which is more self-monitored, but that both speaking and writing exist on a spectrum from informal to formal. Both writing and speaking break up information into intonational “chunks” that allow audiences to better understand the message, but speaking usually has smaller chunks, allowing a greater ease of processing by listeners. Professor Elbow recommended that writers should sometimes adapt the smaller chunks from speech to assist readers with ease of comprehension. Writing that is clear and concise (like spontaneous speech) is preferable to writing that is bogged down in detail and confusion. He equated this latter form of writing to a “thicket,” one in which words are like brambles that the reader must cut through to find meaning.

Dr. Elbow is one of three scholars visiting Clemson this semester for the Communication Across the Curriculum speaker series “Communication in the 21 Century: Teaching and Learning Across the Curriculum.” Dr. Diana George presented “When Words are not Enough: Visual Communication and the Politics of Telling” on September 17, and Dr. Todd Taylor will present “Making Movies: Metamedia for Communication Across the Curriculum” on Monday, October 22 at 4pm in the Class of 1941 Studio for Student Communication, Daniel Hall.


~ Art Young

Speakers’ Series: “Communication in the 21st Century”

September 21, 2007

“Communication in the 21st Century: Teaching and Learning across the Curriculum”

Art Young organized this series of speakers for his RCID 813 selected topics seminar “Communication Across the Curriculum” as well as for the Clemson University community.

Professor Diana George, Virginia Tech University, made the first in the series of public presentations, on September 18th, at 4 p.m. in the Class of 1941 Studio for Student Communication, Daniel Hall.

Diana George is currently a Professor of English and Writing Program Administrator at Virginia Tech and has published several books including Reading Culture: Contexts for Critical Reading and Writing (with John Trimbur) and Picturing Texts: Composition in a Visual Age (with Lester Faigley, Anna Palchik, and Cynthia Selfe).

The title of Professor George’s presentation:

When Words Are Not Enough: Visual Communication and the Politics of Telling.”

During her presentation, she discussed visual literacy and multimodal means of learning across all curricula. From incorporating charts and graphs into a scientific report, to re-thinking standard narratives in terms of graphic novels, to analyzing the cultural impact of media images, visual literacy is a key element in the production and communication of knowledge in all disciplines. Teachers should consider explicitly integrating subject-matter visuals into their teaching to provide students with opportunities to both “read” images but also to compose them.

Professor George gives assignments to her classes asking them to create comics or graphically-illustrated arguments from existing texts or arguments. She displayed some of her students’ visual narratives in which images and words work together to tell the story of an argument. As students remediate their narratives or arguments, they learn new ways to express and share ideas as they learn the rhetorical possibilities of their disciplines.

On September 18th, Professor George was a visiting instructor in Art Young’s RCID 813 seminar, a special topics class on communication across the curriculum. She further explored the cultural and rhetorical impact of images in various contexts, and she discussed several of her publications with RCID students. The final half-hour of the seminar was devoted to her experiences in “program administration,” demonstrating the possibilities on integrating into an academic life teaching, research, and program administration.

The two other forthcoming speakers in the series are

Peter Elbow (UMASS), “What Speaking Has that Writing Needs: An Exploration of Modalities.” Monday, October 1, at 4 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the Studio.

Todd Taylor (UNC), “Making Movies: Metamedia for Communication Across the Curriculum.” Monday, October 22, and Tuesday, October 23, at 4 p.m. in the Studio.

~ Art Young