Abstract Writing Workshop

In preparation for CCCC 2017, the Wayne State Rhetoric Society is hosting an abstract writing workshop for graduate students ahead of the May 9 deadline. Drs. Richard Marback and Jeff Pruchnic will be in attendance to offer help with the process. Details can be found below:

Date: Monday, May 2

Time: 3:00 pm

Where: Room 9405.1, 5057 Woodward


Summer of Arendt

This summer, the Rhetoric Reading Group will be reading/discussing Hannah Arendt. We meet the last Thursday of each month. Details below:

5/29 (3:00 pm): First half of The Human Condition


We’ll be discussing chapters 1 (“The Human Condition”) through 3 (“Labor”)

Location: Motor City Brewing Works (2nd & Canfield)

6/26 (3:00 pm): Second half of The Human Condition

Chapters 4  (“Work”) through 6 (“The Vita Activa and the Modern Age”)

Location: Seva Detroit

7/31: TBD

Fall Rhetoric Reading Group (3/25)

The next Rhetoric Reading Group meeting will take place October 25 at 3pm @ Motor City Brewing Works (2nd & Canfield). Jeff Pruchnic will join us to discuss selections from his book Rhetoric and Ethics in the Cybernetic Age: The Transhuman Condition:


  • Introduction (pp. 1-19)
  • Chapter 2 – “The Age of the World Program: The Convergence of Technics and Media” (60-100)
  • Chapter 4 – “Any Number Can Play: Burroughs, Deleuze, and the Limits of Control” (120-143)

For access contact Derek Risse


May Rhetoric Reading Group


For the Rhetoric Reading Group meeting in May we’ll be reading four shorter texts on race and teaching. These texts are:

  • Introduction and Section 1 (“Silence”) from David E. Kirkland’s A Search Past Silence: The Literacy of Young Black Men  (2013) – pp. 1 – 37 Note: We’ve had some difficulty getting this text in a timely fashion so we are substituting the chapter from Kirkland’s A Search Past Silence with a previous shorter article that covers some of the same ground – “Books Like Clothes: Engaging Young Black Men With Reading”
  • Chapter 1 from Jennifer Trainor’s Rethinking Racism: Emotion, Persuasion, and Literacy Education in an All-White High School (2008)
  • Short selection from Beverly J. Moss’ A Community Text Arises (2003) – pp. 152 – 161
  • Short selections from Teresa Brennan’s Transmission of Affect (2004) – pp. 118-121 and 134-135

All texts (and text selections) have been distributed as PDFs via email at this point. If you missed these, please contact Derek Risse.

Place: 9th Floor Conference Room (9304)

Time/Date: 1-3pm, May 3rd (right before Ruth Ray’s party)

March Rhetoric Reading Group

Gwen Gorzelsky (Director of Composition) has graciously agreed to facilitate at the next RRG meeting scheduled for  March 8. The three shorter texts that she selected nicely parallel current conversations in the department around transfer, genre, and metacognition, particularly as these topics intersect with rhetorical theory. We are really excited that Gwen is participating and hope to see many of you there. As always, print-outs of these materials will be left in the ninth floor mail room for copying purposes. Details below:

Nowacek, Rebecca s. “Transfer as Recontextualization.” Agents of Integration: Understanding Transfer as a Rhetorical Act. Studies in Writing and Rhetoric Ser. Carbondale: SIUP, 2011. 10-34. (will be made available in PDF form)

Reiff, Mary Jo and Anis Bawarshi. “Tracing Discursive Resources: How Students Use Prior Genre Knowledge to Negotiate New Writing Contexts in First-Year Composition.” Written Communication. 2011 (28.3): 312-337.

Negretti, Raffaella. “Metacognition in Student Academic Writing: A Longitudinal Study of Metacognitive Awareness and Its Relation to Task Perceptions, Self-Regulation, and Evaluation of Performance.” Written Communication. 2012 (29.2): 142-179.

Date: Friday, 3/8/2012

Time: 3:00 – 5ish

Location: Motor City Brewing Works (2nd & Canfield)