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Rhetorical Studies Reading Group

at the university of illinois

Last night, a few us got together to discuss what RSRG will be up to this semester. We apologize for the scheduling conflicts for the Writing Studies folks, but we were happy to hear that there is a lot of interest in the group.

If you weren’t able to make the meeting, here are some notes from our meeting:

  • Philosophy behind RSRG:
    • a chance to develop as scholars; professional development; networking rhetoricians from across campus
  • Ideas:
    • Reading Group: student-centered but faculty participate; discuss readings but don’t feel like an extra class; informal and inclusive; pizza and treats!
    • Bring speaker to campus / to RSRG in Spring
    • Lyceum Brown Bag series: give students a chance to present research-in-progress (completed seminar papers, seminar papers in development, conference papers, dissertation research, etc.); informal; hold during lunch time?; one hour (10-15 minute presentations with Q&A); time for feedback, suggestions, and questions
  • Upcoming events:
    • First Reading Group meeting
      • Last week of November / first week of December?
      • Writing Studies folks curate readings
      • Look for Doodle poll for dates / times
    • First Lyceum Brown Bag meeting
      • First week of November?
      • NCA practice presentations?
      • Look for Doodle poll for dates / times
  • Midwest Winter Workshop
    • Productive, informal, and fun conference opportunity
    • Free, January 26th at Indiana University
    • Send abstract of a paper to discuss. Get great feedback from leading scholars in the field.
    • Deadline for abstract: November 1st  (see email for more details!)
    • Do it!

If you weren’t able to make the meeting, we would love to hear any and all ideas / feedback / questions you have about the group. Feel free to contact any of us below.

Rohini Singh:  

Paul McKean:

Katie Irwin: 


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