Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Active Voices

Sharon McKenzie Stevens and Patricia Malesh, Active Voices: Composing a Rhetoric for Social Movements. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2009.

Table Of Contents (from SUNY Press)


1. Introduction: Active Voices
Patricia Malesh and Sharon McKenzie Stevens

PART I A New Rhetoric for Social Change:Theories

2. Vernacular Rhetoric and Social Movements: Performances of Resistance in the Rhetoric of the Everyday
Gerard A. Hauser and erin daina mcclellan

3. Dreaming to Change Our Situation: Reconfiguring the Exigence for Student Writing
Sharon McKenzie Stevens

PART II Public Rhetorics: Analyses

4. Disorderly Women: Appropriating the Power Tools in Civic Discourses
Moira K. Amado-Miller

5. The Progressive Education Movement: A Case Study in Coalition Politics
Brian Jackson and Thomas P. Miller

6. Giving Voice to a Movement: ... Letter to the New Left ... and the Potential of History
Thomas Rosteck

7. Sharing Our Recipes: Vegan Conversion Narratives as Social Praxis
Patricia Malesh

PART III Changing Spaces for Learning: Actions

8. Moving Students into Social Movements: Prisoner Reentry and the Research Paper
David Coogan

9. Engaging Globalization through Local Community Activism: A Model for Activist Pedagogical Practice
Anne Marie Todd

10. Co-Creating Spaces for Community: Radical Identities and Collective Praxis
Mary Ann Cain

Response Essay

11. Politics, Class, and Social Movement People: Continuing the Conversation
William DeGenaro

Notes on Contributors

APA Style Guide

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports today that the American Psychological Association's new, 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, released in July, has so many errors and inconsistencies that a free replacement is being offered by APA.

APA's web site for the Manual is here.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Are You New Here?

This banner ad by Pennsylvania Republicans ran last week. Does the party of ideas really think President Obama is a Communist. No, it was just a little, you know, like, well, heh-heh, attempt to take advantage of people's anger over government.

It's peculiar how fast the national attention seems to move these days. In August, such strange symbols seemed to have their day; now they seem rootless.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Mark Hlavacik, M.A.

Mark Hlavacik defended his M.A. thesis on the rhetoric of the No Child Left Behind Act this week. His fellow students presented him with a triumph cake in honor of the occasion, and as a reminder of his summer with our study abroad program in Rome.

Congratulations, Mark.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

President James L. Gaudino

Jim Gaudino has started in his new job as president of Central Washington University. Jim, who was the executive director of the National Communication Association for many successful years, is an eloquent, idealistic, practical, and well organized man. He'll make a great university president.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Civil Tongue

I was interviewed a week or two ago by Ann Gerhart, a senior writer at the Washington Post, about civility and incivility in American rhetoric. I was tremendously impressed by Ms. Gerhart's knowledge and the depth of her curiosity, and was pleased to come across her article in yesterday's Post:

Ann Gerhart, "In Today's Viral World, Who Keeps a Civil Tongue?" Washington Post, 11 October 2009.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Berlusconi at Risk?

From the New York Times:
ROME — A day after Italy’s highest court overturned a law granting him immunity from prosecution while in office, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Thursday called corruption charges against him “absurd” and said his government would “forge ahead calmly.”
This saga has been going on for a long while. When corruption charges were brought against Sylvio Berlusconi soon after he first took office years ago, he simply instructed the parliament to pass a law declaring him immune. Matters move slowly, and back and forth, in the Italian courts, so this newest development may come to nothing.

Rachel Donadio, "Despite Charges, Berlusconi Vows to 'Forge Ahead,'"New York Times, 8 October 2009.

The BBC News story is here.