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A bit late, I’ve posted my syllabi for the Spring ’12 semester.

The info for my grad class, ENGL 614, 20th Century Rhetorical Theory, may undergo some refinements, and largely is intended to fulfill the needs of our rhet/comp MA students preparing for their comprehensive exams, but with my own spin.

I have also revised and updated the syllabus for my version of our sophomore rhet/comp course, ENGL 202 Rhetorical and Critical Inquiry.  I haven’t gotten the major assignments posted for this one yet, but will have them up within 48-72 hours.  I’ve left more wiggle room in this syllabus than in the past, so some things will be filled in as we go along.

As always, please feel free to crib from here, or from any of my past courses, but I appreciate attribution.

Claude on a Post


Spring ’12 Syllabi and Assignments Posted

I’ve posted syllabi and most assignments for my undergraduate and graduate courses for Spring 2011.  All class materials can always be found on the Courses page.

Materials for both sections of the undergraduate course ENGL 102: Writing and Critical Inquiry can be found here: ENGL 102-09 and ENGL 102-13.

Here are the materials for the graduate course ENGL 695: Visual and Digital Rhetorics.

I hope everyone enjoyed the snow days.  I did.  And it sure is a lot easier to deal with snow days in the beginning of the semester than in the middle of it . . .  See you all in class.

As always, if you’re an instructor at another institution and would like to crib something from me, feel free, but please do attribute.  I’m happy to answer questions about my syllabi and materials as well.

Mt Lassen, CA

After the semester wraps up here at Western Carolina I’ll be attending THATCampVA.  THATCampVA is a regional incarnation of the larger THATCamp (The Humanities and Technology Camp) “unconference.”  The mission of THATCamp is pretty exciting in terms of how it shakes up the typical conference format, how its content is determined by the participants, its content is open source and note sharing is the norm, its prioritizing of conversations over presentations, and the unconference’s preference for short, PechaKucha style presentations. Check out their website for more info.  THATCampVA is being held in Charlottesville, VA, on the campus of the University of Virginia.  This will be my first THATCamp event.

THATCamp events typically include BootCamps, which are brief technology training sessions, and take place one day before the main THATCamp event begins.  At THATCampVA I’ll be attending the GIS Track BootCamp, which is particularly exciting for me because I used to work in GIS when I worked for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) at the National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC), which is also in Charlottesville.  I imagine that the technologies and interfaces have changed quite significantly in the time since I was working with them regularly.

Now that THATCampVA participants have been selected, the participants have begun proposing topics of discussion for the weekend via the THATCampVA blog.  The proposals should be less than 500 words each.  I’ve pitched three ideas, and tried to hold myself to 250 words per idea, so as not to overwhelm the board.  To be perfectly honest though, I’m not too worried about whether or not any of my ideas gain any momentum with the other Campers, but am simply excited to meet people working n the digital humanities (very broadly conceived) here on the East Coast.  Most of the THATCampVA participants are on Twitter, and you can find a list of them HERE.

Here are the topics of discussion that I’ve proposed:

  • the politics of expertise, and how the digital humanities (whatever that is) might take a role in returning ethics to the center of higher education

As per the spirit of THATCamp events, I’ll be blogging my notes/thoughts/screeds during and after the event itself in December.  As always when venturing off of my mountaintop fortress and into public, my primary goal will be to not make an ass of myself:


I haven’t posted as much as I had hoped lately.  Something about finishing my dissertation and utterly complete energy drain.  It’s done.  Since defending I’ve attended two weddings and traveled to my refuge (picture below).  I’ve now re-emerged to hastily pull together two papers for the biennial Rhetoric Society of America Conference, which will take place in Minneapolis this year.

My re-emergence from the cabin and my paper title, “Style: An Anti-Curriculum Based Upon Richard Lanham’s Anti-Textbook,” bring to mind Catherine Prendergast‘s recent and enviably smart article on Style, Strunk and White, and the Unabomber, titled “Fighting Style: Reading the Unabomber’s Strunk and White.”  My second paper, also in a state of incompletion as I write this, is titled “Realism, Plain Style, and Arguments from Authority in the US Intelligence Community” and draws more directly on my dissertation work.

Clearly this site is still in a stage of some as-yet-determined development.  I’ve been trying to figure out how to document the experience of transitioning from the life of a graduate student at a huge R-1 institution (UT Austin) to a rookie faculty member at a regional university (WCU).  I figured that one important thing for a new faculty member to do would be to read some of the work of my new colleagues.  One, Ron Rash, is a novelist, and novels seemed like a nice place to start.  In one of Ron’s novels, The World Made Straight, a character reads a Civil War era doctor’s log.  A typical entry from the log, which I excerpt from the third page of Ron’s book, reads:

Lansford Hawkins, age 48.

Complaint: Fevered, headache.

Diagnosis: Corizia. Consulted Wood’s Theory and Practice of Medicine.

Treatment: Dover’s Powder. At patient’s insistence cupped sixteen ounces of blood from left arm to remove morfibic matter.  Rest in bed two days.

Fee: Fifty cents, paid in cash.

After reading the fictional doc’s entry, I thought maybe such spartan entries might occasionally be useful on this blog.  One of the difficulties of this transition will be balancing all the new roles — teacher, researcher, community member, citizen of new home, aficionado of the hops, etc, etc.  So, I’ll make some posts along those lines, bare-bones tabulations of how I’m spending my time, and hopefully getting done everything that needs to get done.

24 May 2010

Tasks: Unpack from New Mexican misanthropic jaunt (not completed); write RSA paper (not completed); pack personal possessions for transport to North Carolina (not completed); ride bike (not even attempted).

Personal Reward: Two beers and a movie.

And that, folks, is how not to get things done.  See folks in Minneapolis, at which point my papers will definitely be complete.

Also, anyone reading this should check out my colleague Dale Smith‘s blog, Rhetoric and Publics.  Add it to your RSS reader.  Dale is good people, doing very cool work, and I look forward to his posts.

Nate's cabin