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Rhetoric Leadership Team, 2018-2019
Rhetoric Leadership Team, 2018-2019

ZJU China Group Photo

ZJU China Group photo 2018-19

Clip from a Special note from Interim Director of Rhetoric, Kristi McDuffie –“A note of thanks to everyone for supporting my visit to the ZJU campus at the end of September. It was a great success. Marilyn, Ryan, and I held three days of Rhetoric instruction training for the graduate teaching assistants that are supporting their classes this semester (see above photo). They are a wonderful group and the training helped professionalize the program, create cohesion among the courses, and create community between all of the instructors. The campus is beautiful and everyone was extremely hospitable. I owe the most thanks to Ryan and Marilyn, who hosted me and lead training sessions with me while also teaching their full class loads.”

"I WRITE" in the News!!

The Rhetoric Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the latest example of an Illinois program taking advantage of the eText services offered by CITL. The program offers both a print and digital version of its customized, in-house I-Write text.

follow link to read full article written by CITL. “I-Write”: Illinois Rhetoric Program’s High Quality, Low Cost Text

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The Rhetoric Program is pleased to announce the winners of the Fall 2017 Rhetoric Program Student Essay Contest! We received 72 student submissions from 25 instructors. Here are the winners, along with the titles of their essays and the instructors who supported them.

Thank you to all of the instructors who encouraged their students to submit, as well as the eleven Rhetoric instructors who donated their time to read submissions. Winners received a gift card to the Illini Union Bookstore, and several of the winning essays will appear in the forthcoming Rhetoric Program Textbook. Award Winners:

*             Joseph Procopio, "The Hypocrisy of American Slavery," Aumaine Gruich

*             Kai Oliver, "The Pauper and the Prince: Insight into the Phenomenon of Wealth Inequality,” Ben DeVries

*             Mark Toledano, "Buying Organic Worth the Cost?" Jane Im

*             Daniela Arcos, "What are the Best 'Ways' of Sleeping?" Edgar Garbelotto

*             Rosario Barrera, "Latinas in Higher Education," Patrick Fadely

*             Madalyn Liberman, "GM Crops: Finding Middle Ground," Mary Rose Cottingham

*             Mackenzie Musch, "The Destructive Effects of Fitspiration," Ben O'Dell

*             Adam Maksimovich, "Electric Vehicles and the Environment," Edgar Garbelotto

*             Bailey Milet, "Human Trafficking: Focusing on the Victims," Amanda Bales

*             Leo Sanchez, "Who Can Claim the Word 'Bitch'?" Amanda Bales

*             Rui Shi, "Mystery Lies at the Core of Mona Lisa's Persevering Fame," Kyle Garton-Gundling

*             Max Mitchell, "Fighting Back Against the War on Music," Kyle Garton-Gundling

The Undergraduate Rhetoric Program is pleased to announce a student essay contest. Please see CFP for details. Submissions due December 1st here!


Congratulations to Rhetoric Conference 2016 Winners!

Sadie Potvin-First Prize Winner, Spoken Presentation

Annie Xia-Honorable Mention, Spoken Presentation

Nalin Gadihoke-Honorable Mention, Spoken Presentation

Iaroslav Ekimtcov-Honorable Mention, Spoken Presentation

Haley Inyart-First Prize Winner, Poster Presentation

Zifan Feng-Honorable Mention, Poster Presentation


Fall 2016

On October 24, 2016, Dr. Mya Poe of Northeastern University gave a presentation entitled "From Vexing Questions to Intended Consequences: A Sociocultural Study of Writing Assessment." Her lecture argued for fairness as a pillar of sound writing assessment and expanded notions of how students form what she called "theories of writing." She also met with small groups of Rhetoric instructors to share her expertise and provided consulting to Engineering faculty through the AE3 program. 

Mya Poe presenting (1)

Mya Poe presenting (2)

Fall 2015

Congratulations to the presenters at the Annual Rhetoric Conference! Students presented on a diverse array of topics to their peers and audience members from across campus. Many thanks to the instructors who volunteered to judge the presentations. Here's to next year's conference!

For more information, including a list of winners' names, please visit the Conference page.

Image of award winner for spoken presentation

Image of award winner for poster presentation

Fall 2014

 Professor Sandra Jamieson visited from Drew University to present her work on "Rereading Student Papers: How Citation Project Research Can Help Us Strengthen Reading and Writing Skills."

Image of Professor Sandra Jamieson

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