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):
Presentation 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:
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.”
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.
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 email@example.com; I can send you the transcript of my remarks).
This 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!”
From this past year’s Digital Media And Composition program (DMAC) comes this pair of profiles of our Visiting Scholars for the year (program participants invited to attend based upon their specific research agendas). As the two-week digital media-intensive program was wrapping up, I sat down with Melanie Yergeau (U of Michigan) and Elaine Richardson (OSU) for a brief chat, and here’s what they had to say…
I would like to bring my dear readers’ attentions to a couple of recent publications penned by mine own hands (or, if you prefer, “typed,” although in one case, a good bit of video editing was involved… you know what? why are you insisting on me being so literal? “Penned” is a perfectly good bit of figurative flourish). One is a smaller piece in the current edition of Kairos. “Keeping It Real: The Spaces and Places of the Digital Citizen” is a short film (with some write-up) chronicling my digital media composing course’s participation in a student philanthropy program from two years ago. The other piece, “Whose Body? Looking Critically at New Interface Designs,” is a chapter in an edited collection entitled composing (media) = composing (embodiment), and it argues that we need to develop a critical stance for analyzing the next-gen crop of user interfaces in order to avoid repeating the same old practices of marginalizing and ignoring certain types of bodies (I just re-read it, and I think I actually make sense in this one, if I do say so myself). Here’s me enjoying the collection, hot off the presses:
A joint project between National Council for Teachers of English, the Council of Writing Program Administrators, and the National Writing Project, the “Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing” whitepaper outlines the common goals/outcomes for writing at the college and university level. Although it was originally issued February of 2011, it’s back on people’s radars now thanks to the latest issue of College English, which features a symposium on the document. Obviously, this is one of those professional documents that will please some, incite others to pure, seething rage, and leave some going “meh.”
Kindly readers most curious about the goings-on in my professional life, take note: the Summer 2012 issue of Phi Kappa Phi Forum has seen fit to blurb my book. See for yourself (click on image to enlarge):