Vegas, Baby: My CCCC Post-Mortem

Posted: March 18th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Research, Rhetoric, Self-Promotion, Teaching | No Comments »

Back from this year’s CCCC, located in the slightly grimy Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, and not too much worse for wear, surprisingly. I wanted to share a couple of professional tidbits from the trip…

First of all, my Digital Pedagogy Poster Presentation, a synopsis/highlight of the BACKtalk student presentation assignment (thanks, Dickie Selfe and Doug Eyman, for organizing another strong collection this year):

Citation: McCorkle, Ben.”Looking Back at BACKtalks: One Instructor’s Reflections.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Session Coordinators Dickie Selfe and Doug Eyman. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Las Vegas. 15 March 2013.

And secondly, a publication that dropped just in time for the conference: Stories That Speak to Us, edited by Cynthia Selfe, Scott Dewitt, and H. Lewis Ulman. Jamie Bono and I had a co-curated piece in there (and available as either a publicly accessible or downloadable Prezi, or as a PDF “walkthrough” transcript):

Citation: McCorkle, Ben and Jamie Bono. “Ludic Literacies: Mapping the Links Between the Literacies at Play in the DALN.” Stories That Speak to Us: Exhibits from the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives. Ed. H. Lewis Ulman, Scott Lloyd DeWitt, & Cynthia L. Selfe. Logan, UT: Computers and Composition Digital Press, 2013. Web.

Upcoming Presentations (aka Rhetor Tour 2013)

Posted: January 26th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Research, Rhetoric, Self-Promotion | No Comments »

Prlecternesentation season is almost underway, and for those curious onlookers wanting to know more about the where and when of my public pronouncements (or wanting to know when the house’ll be empty so you can loot it), look no further than this post:

  • Feb. 2: Writing Matters in a Changing World (OSU). “Stirred, Not Shaken: An Assessment Remixology” (with Susan Delagrange and Catherine C. Braun)
  • Mar. 14: CCCC Digital Pedagogy Poster Session (Las Vegas). “Looking Back at BACKtalks: One Instructor’s Perspective”
  • April 19: CRDM Research Symposium,Emerging Genres, Forms, Narratives—in New Media Environments,” (NCSU). Title TBD
  • June 6-9: Computers and Writing (Frostburg MD). “A Distant Reading of English Journal  and CCC, 1912-1984″ (with Jason Palmeri)

CORNFIELD REVIEW: Now Taking Submissions

Posted: January 23rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Bookshelf, Teaching, Writing | Tags: | No Comments »

It’s that time of year again, The Ohio State University at Marion … Now taking submissions for this year’s CORNFIELD REVIEW. Go to and share your best work with us. Deadline: February 20.
cornfield flyer(image courtesy Rebecca Wagner-Hopkins)


2012: The Year in Review(s)

Posted: December 31st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Bookshelf, Research, Rhetoric, Self-Promotion | No Comments »

Now that my book Rhetorical Delivery as Technological Discourse has been out for just about a year (get it here or here), a crop of reviews have begun to emerge, and for the most part, they’ve been pretty positive. In fact, the biggest quibble in the lot, and it’s not an entirely unfair criticism, is that while I take great pains to avoid whiffs of technological determinism in my argument, a kind of rhetorical determinism creeps into my phrasing from time to time. Otherwise, the reviews are decidedly blush-inducing; it’s a great feeling of validation to see that people in the wider field get what it is you’re trying to do. And now for a highlights reel:

  • Peter Wayne Moe, in Rhetoric Society Quarterly: “Rhetorical Delivery as Technological Discourse is an invaluable addition to recent discussions concerning delivery, broadening our understanding of delivery beyond the body, beyond medium, and into the myriad ways technology and the canon remediate each other.”
  • Mariana Grohowski, in Enculturation: “McCorkle’s aim is ultimately one of agency—to equip teacher-scholars of rhetoric with the imperative to understand the processes of remediation on our writing and our thinking, to harness a greater understanding of our otherwise enculturated communication practices.”
  • John Frederick Reynolds, in Rhetoric Review: “This is a good book. Maybe the best single-authored academic book I’ve read since Sharon Crowley’s The Methodical Memory (also SIUP) in 1990.”

Teaching Rhetoric? Start Here…

Posted: December 21st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Rhetoric, Teaching | No Comments »

Via The Blogora, David Beard is compiling a stockpile of syllabi of courses in rhetorical studies: surveys, seminars, period-specific, etc. I’ve contributed my own lower-level introductory course to the pile. As it grows, this will be a tidy little resource for those of you interested in developing similar courses.

Go there: Rhetoric Syllabi

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-10-14

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MIX 2012: The Aftermath…

Posted: October 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Research, Rhetoric, Self-Promotion, Teaching, Typography/Graphic Design, Writing | Tags: , | No Comments »

You’ll recall in my previous post that I presented a talk this past Friday on using comics to teach rhetoric at the MIX 2012 Conference, CCAD’s Celebration of Comics. My panelists, Wendy Chrisman (CCAD), Nathan Wallace (OSU Marion), and Gretchen Scharnagl (Florida Int’l U) all gave great talks as well on, respectively, representations of psychiatric and mental disorders in comics, using comics to interpret British literature, and a service learning project which involved a team of art students producing a comic book for a hospital to raise awareness about childhood cancer. If you’re curious, here’s my slideshow from the event (and, if you’re even more curious, shoot me an email at; I can send you the transcript of my remarks).

Upcoming Panel Presentation: MIX 2012

Posted: October 3rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Rhetoric, Teaching, Typography/Graphic Design, Writing | Tags: , | No Comments »

MIX 2012 CCADThis Friday, I’ll be a panelist at this year’s MIX 2012 conference/exhibit, an event hosted by CCAD. You should go, not so much for my presentation (although it will be pretty cool), but because Chris Ware will be there—he of Jimmy Corrigan fame. But in case you’re interested in my part, I’ll be on the panel titled “A Pedagogical Mix: Utilizing Comics in Higher Education” along with Wendy Chrisman, Nathan Wallace, and Gretchen Scharnagl, talking about comics’ potential for teaching about rhetorical theory. And as my grandmother used to say, “See you in the funny papers!”

TIME/LOCATION: 11 a.m., Canzani Center Auditorium

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-09-30

Posted: September 30th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: | No Comments »

  • Happy Birthday #JohnColetrane #
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