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WNR Schedule for Fall, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 12:15 in Vincent 16: Shayla Thiel-Stern presents "From the Dance Hall to Facebook: Teen Girls, Mass Media, and Moral Panic in the United States, 1905-2010."

Wednesday, September 24, 12:15 in Vincent 16: Simon Calder presents "Karl Marx, Ludwig Feuerbach, and George Eliot's 'Silas Marner'"

Wednesday, October 1: No WNR scheduled

Wednesday, October 8, 12:15 in Vincent 16: Susanne Jones, title and topic TBA

Wednesday, October 15, 12:15 in Vincent 16: Graduate Student Proseminar, conferencing and networking

Wednesday, October 22, time and location TBD: Suzanne Walters presents "The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions are Sabotaging Gay Equality"

Tuesday, October 28, time and location TBD: Carole Stabile

Wednesday, November 5: Shelby Bell, Al Hiland, and Allison Prasch present a pre-NCA panel.

Allison Prasch presents "Towards a Rhetorical Theory of Deixis"

The concept of rhetorical vision or visualization has long occupied the attention of classical and rhetorical theorists. First introduced by Aristotle in the Rhetoric, the idea that speakers can adopt various strategies to help the audience mentally envision images, objects, people, and things has been taken up by other Greek and Roman rhetoricians and some early modern and modern rhetorical theorists. What is often lacking in these discussions, however, is a consideration of how rhetors might use techniques of rhetorical vision to direct the audience's attention to images,objects, people, and things that are physically present before them. In this paper, I argue that the linguistic concept of deixis supplements current scholarship on rhetorical vision and helps to explain how speakers can rely on a speech setting's material elements to accomplish rhetorical vision both metaphorically and literally.

Wednesday, November 12: John Nordin presents "Women in Ancient Greece: The Case of Delphi"

Wednesday, November 19: No WNR (NCA in Chicago)

Wednesday, November 26: No WNR (Thanksgiving week)

Wednesday, December 3, 12:15 in Vincent 16: Communication Studies Graduate Student Association proseminar concerning scholarly conferencing and networking.

Committee: Susanne Jones, Svilen Trifonov, Jules Wight, Mark Pedelty


WNR Schedule for Spring, 2015

Dates TBD: Catherine Squires, John Logie, Laurie Ouellette, Susanne Jones, Wendy Anderson, plus a special guest TBD.

Wednesday, April 29, 12:15, location TBD: Aaron Allen (UNC, Greensboro), Denise Von Glahn (Florida State), and Jeff Todd Titon (Brown) present a "Trialogue" concerning "Music as Environmental Communication"

* Graduate student proseminars are organized by graduate students, for graduate students.

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