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Friday, March 09, 2012
Clemson University’s PhD program Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design (RCID) recently hosted the fourth annual Carolina Rhetoric Conference (CRC). The conference allowed graduate students in programs across the Carolinas to share their work and network with one another as well as with faculty members from Carolina schools.
The two-day event featured many different ways for Clemson’s own graduate students to both present their works and discuss the works of others. In addition to traditional panel sessions, a digital showcase, a works-in-progress roundtable, and a keynote address were also part of the conference. The keynote address was given by Dr. Cynthia Haynes, from Clemson’s English department, and was also featured as The Rhetoric Society of America’s (RSA) first-annual webinar.
Texts and visuals of the keynote address were available in real-time in the Literary Worlds MOO platform for any who logged in. Dr. Haynes’ presentation, “Open Source Rhetorics” explored “the potentialities and limitations of (inter)media as a means of transdisciplinary invention” (CRC blog).
Conference Chair Stephen Lind, a third-year RCID student, says, “We were very fortunate to have such wonderful support from across Clemson University. In conjunction with the generous promotion from the Rhetoric Society of America, the university support really allowed us to host an exciting and meaningful event.” Sponsors of the event included RSA, Clemson Graduate Student Government, Clemson College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities, Clemson Graduate School, Parlor Press, and RCID.
RCID Program Chair Victor Vitanza noted that “the CRC Conference on campus serves as an exemplary conference with such a rich array of different venues to present and discuss research. I will never forget Kelly Cooper's presentation on Octalog II (Rhetoric Review 16.1, Fall 1997). She turned the article into a flash drama with four other students, Jimmy Butts, Kristie Byrum, Michael Lucas, and Abby Johnson, playing the various interlocutors who originally presented at CCCC, "Politics of Historiography." The dramatistic, Burkean reading serves as a response and critique of not only the article but also the original presentation at CCCC.”
Clemson presenters included Dr. Scot Barnett (English), Dr. David Blakesley (English), Jimmy Butts (RCID), Jared Colton (RCID), Kelly Cooper (RCID), John Dinolfo (RCID), Patricia Fancher (RCID), Samuel Fuller (MAPC), Eric Hall (RCID), Dr. Cynthia Haynes (English), Caitlin Holmes (English), Dr. Steve Katz (English), Daniel Liddle (MAPC), Stephen Lind (RCID), Dr. Brian McGrath (English), Lauren Mitchell (RCID), Curtis Newbold (RCID), Dr. Travers Scott (Communication Studies), Glen Southergill (RCID), Drew Stowe (MAPC), Mike Utley (MAPC), and Shirley Yu (DPA).
To learn more about Clemson’s Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design Program, please visit http://www.grad.clemson.edu/programs/Rhetorics-Communication-Information-Design/.