Monthly Archives: February 2012

Dr. Susan Katz

Over the course of the next few months the CRDM blog will periodically feature a Q + A with one of our outstanding faculty members. We take classes with them and work with them on scholarly projects, but now we’d like to learn more about what else they’re doing. We’ve talked with David RiederJessica JamesonChris AnsonMatt MayDavid BerubeMaria PramaggioreSusan Miller-CochranRobert SchragCarolyn R. MillerBrad MehlenbacherR. Michael YoungJason SwartsAdriana de Souza e SilvaElizabeth CraigAndrew Binder, and Victoria Gallagher, and we recently caught up with Dr. Susan Katz of the English Department:

What are you reading?

I confess that most of my reading falls into one of three categories: (1) Things I read for the classes I’m teaching (mostly the undergraduate and graduate internship courses), (2) Things I read for research projects and (3) Things I read for fun–novels, mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, short stories, essays. In that last category, I just finished reading “The Interpretation of Murder,” historical fiction about Freud’s visit to America in 1909.

What classes are you teaching?

Every semester I teach the undergraduate internship course, ENG350 Professional Internships. This semester I am also teaching a new course, ENG522 Writing in Nonacademic Settings, which is intended for students in any of the master’s programs in English–the MA in English, the MS in Technical Communication, or the MFA in Creative Writing. The graduate course has a “practicum” component, so all of the students are gaining some type of workplace experience depending on their degree program and career goals. I had planned to teach this course every other year, but it is proving so popular that I am likely to teach it each spring.

What are you writing about?

Over the winter break I finished a rough draft of a chapter on the role of internship programs in creating and maintaining relationships between colleges and local employers for a book on that same general topic. I’m working with Professor Jessica Jameson on a project analyzing the role of narrative in the oral discourse of nonprofit board meetings. A third project that may or may not see the light of day is a book idea–a “how to” book for undergraduates on how to get their first job after college.

What are you listening to?

Oh my, this could be a long list. I like a lot of relatively new pop/rock music–Adele, Lady Gaga, both Katy and Christina Perry, Mumford and Sons, Gavin DeGraw, Ray Lamontagne, The Script, OneRepublic–as well as “old standbys”–Rod Stewart, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Simply Red, Dire Straits, The Eagles. I was VERY impressed with the sophistication of Taylor Swift’s recent album, although I’m not typically a fan of country. Her performance at the Grammy’s was remarkable. (How uncool is it to admit I watched the Grammy’s?)

What are you watching?

Again, a really long list. We are tv show and movie junkies at our house. Current favorites: Justified, The Big Bang Theory, Castle, Southland, Raising Hope, Downton Abbey, Fringe, Blue Bloods, and the Graham Norton Show. I can never remember movie titles, so I can’t tell you what I’ve seen recently that I liked!

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Chris Cummings, ABD!

Our hearty congratulations to Christopher L. Cummings — he survived the exam process and emerged with the enviable title ABD.

Chris’s dissertation committee consists of David Berube (chair), Andrew Binder, Kelly Albada, and Jason Swarts. Chris is now beginning work on his dissertation, tentatively titled “Experimental assessment of potential inhibitory impacts of recommended risk message responses on threat and efficacy appraisal.”

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Dr. David Berube

Over the course of the next few months the CRDM blog will periodically feature a Q + A with one of our outstanding faculty members. We take classes with them and work with them on scholarly projects, but now we’d like to learn more about what else they’re doing. We’ve talked with David RiederJessica JamesonChris AnsonMatt MaySusan KatzMaria PramaggioreSusan Miller-CochranRobert SchragCarolyn R. MillerBrad MehlenbacherR. Michael YoungJason SwartsAdriana de Souza e SilvaElizabeth CraigAndrew Binder, and Victoria Gallagher, and we recently caught up with Dr. David Berube of the Communication Department:

What are you reading?

Distracted by Maggie Jackson and The Atlas of Climate Change by Dow and Downing. Reading as much as I can about EPPM (Extended Parallel Process Model) and digital attenuation of risk messages.

What classes are you teaching?

Undergrad class on Arguments and Natural Hazards and a graduate class in persuasion called Communication and Social Change.

What are you writing about?

Fear and Digital Amplification of Risk (two different projects).

What are you listening to?

Episodes of the Daily Show while at the gym and an eclectic mix of alternative music.

What are you watching?

Midsomer (yep, that is how it is spelled) Murders and Fringe. Any YouTube video that has anything to do with heuristics. 

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Dr. Dawn Shepherd, PhD

After months of viewing her Twitter handle (@drshephe) and thinking she was already a Dr. (and then wondering why she didn’t spell her last name correctly), we are proud to announce that Dawn Shepherd passed her dissertation defense with flying colors and is now officially Dr. Shepherd.

Dawn’s dissertation is titled “Technologies of Matching: Romantic Matchmaking, Power, and Algorithmic Culture.” Her committee included Steve Wiley, and Susan Miller-Cochran and was co-chaired by Carolyn Miller and Jeremy Packer.

Dawn is a faculty member at Boise St. University, where we’re told all the classrooms are carpeted with artifical blue turf.

We wonder if birds regularly nosedive into the floor in Dawn's classroom.

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CRC 2012, CRDM, and You

This weekend, February 17th and 18th, marks the 2012 Carolina Rhetoric Conference. CRC rotates between Clemson, NC State, and University of South Carolina (NCSU will be hosting in 2013, so mark your calendars). You can find the 2012 schedule here–NCSU and CRDM will be well represented.

  • The Rhetoric of the Future: Enthymemes and Occupy Wall Street (Jeff Swift, CRDM)
  •  #OCCUPY: Has the women’s liberation movement been occupied or is a distinct rhetorical genre rising from the ashes of social movement’s past? (William Sink, NCSU)
  • The Ethos of Crap: Woot.com’s Approach to Credibility on the Web (Samara Mouvery, CRDM)
  •  Rhetorics of Scale: Style and Interface in The Climate Reality Project (Brent Simoneaux, CRDM)
  • Merging Duke Energy and Progress Energy: Examining Rhetorical Boundary Work in Nuclear Energy Discourses in the Carolinas (Meagan Kittle-Autry and Ashley R. Kelly, CRDM)

Keep your eyes out this weekend for some blogging recaps (you can check out our liveblog of the 2010 CRC here).

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Dr. Matt May

Over the course of the next few months the CRDM blog will periodically feature a Q + A with one of our outstanding faculty members. We take classes with them and work with them on scholarly projects, but now we’d like to learn more about what else they’re doing. We’ve talked with David RiederJessica JamesonChris AnsonDavid BerubeSusan KatzMaria PramaggioreSusan Miller-CochranRobert SchragCarolyn R. MillerBrad MehlenbacherR. Michael YoungJason SwartsAdriana de Souza e SilvaElizabeth CraigAndrew Binder, and Victoria Gallagher, and we recently caught up with Dr. Matt May of the Communication Department:

What are you reading?

How many ways is Dr. May looking at this blackbird?

Let’s see…over break I read Zizek’s book entitled Violence.  I also really enjoyed Rebecca Newberger Goldstein’s philosophical novel 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction.  Right now I’m about halfway through Dana Cloud’s new book We Are the Union: Democratic Unionism and Dissent at Boeing.  I’m also rereading parts of Mythologies by Roland Barthes.  I’m always catching up on past issues of Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, and Philosophy and Rhetoric.  On deck is Masochism: Coldness and Cruelty in Venus in Furs by Gilles Deleuze.  A rereading of Wallace Stevens is always in the back of my mind, fluttering around like a blackbird.  The Grundrisse looms large.  Jeremy Packer’s edited collection Secret Agents is also going to satisfy my longstanding interest in secret agents, stool-pigeons, and (company) spies.

What classes are you teaching?

This semester I have the pleasure of teaching COM/ENG 516: Rhetorical Criticism. In the future I hope to offer more courses on the “People’s History” of American Public Address, something on Marx, and perhaps even something on Spinoza. I’m also putting together some thoughts for a course entitled Media Outlaws–an idea I’ve stolen from Gil Rodman at the University of Minnesota. I am not certain, but I believe I am scheduled to teach undergrad and grad Rhetorical Theory in Fall of 2012.

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What are you writing about?

Mainly I’m working on revisions of my book manuscript Hobo Orator Union: Class Composition and the Free Speech Fights of the Industrial Workers of the World. Thanks to the hard work of our chair Ken Zagacki and Dean Thomas Birkland, I recently received a grant to study the Occupy Wall Street movement in NYC. Part of what I’m working on now is integrating some of the findings of my field research into my concluding arguments about how memory of past struggles can fortify and sustain present radical movements.

What are you listening to?

I just saw Jeff Mangum (formerly of Neutral Milk Hotel) in Chapel Hill. I listen to a lot of Gnawa music when I write. Lately I’ve been jamming on my Hassan Hakmoun Pandora Station. My favorite show, by far, since I’ve lived in the triangle was Janzig (an all-girl cover band of the Misfits and Danzig) at the Pinhook. I also listened to the entirety of Madonna’s debut album after her Superbowl performance. Right at this very moment, I’m listening to Kronos Quartet doing “John’s Book of Alleged Dances.” I’m also a sucker for old labor songs. I think I’m one of the few people who actually knows all of the verses to Solidarity Forever. I dream of seeing Billy Bragg live someday. I have two copies of the IWW’s little red songbook.

What are you watching?

I have an ongoing interest in prison activism and recently finished the OZ series from HBO. My partner and I watch all kinds of films together. I rarely miss Saturday Night Live.

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Kevin Brock, ABD!

That’s right, Kevin Brock is now a member of the American Board of Dermatology.

Actually, his committee members, Dr. David Rieder (chair), Dr. Susan Miller-Cochran, Dr. Jason Swarts, and Dr. Ken Zagacki, are proud to announce that Kevin Brock successfully passed his written and oral exams.

Now, on to his dissertation, tentatively titled “Engaging the Action-Oriented Nature of Computation: Towards a Rhetorical Code Studies.”

Although, we think he might have had a future rhetorically analyzing the code for the other ABD‘s website.

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