Spring 2017 Courses

WR 12200: Writing and Rhetoric Tutorial

Critical Reading and Writing in the Disciplines
Prof. Nicole MacLaughlin / Prof. Damian Zurro
WR 12200-01, 02, and 03 / Days and Times TBD

Students enrolled in Critical Reading and Writing in the Disciplines will have completed or be concurrently enrolled in Writing and Rhetoric 13100, 13200, or 13300. WR 12100 helps students apply rigorous reading and writing strategies in the context of challenging courses across the disciplines. Consisting of two weekly one-on-one sessions and one weekly small-group instruction session, this course offers intensive practice analyzing disciplinary readings and writing assignments. Students will receive individual instruction on how to apply professors’ feedback, and they will learn ethical practices for citation and collaboration. Enrollment by departmental approval.

WR 12300: Advanced Writing and Rhetoric Tutorial

Critical Thinking and English Academic Writing
Prof. Nicole MacLaughlin / Prof. Damian Zurro
WR 12300-01 and 02 / Days and Times TBD

Students enrolled in WR 12200 will have completed or be concurrently enrolled in Writing and Rhetoric 13100, 13200, or 13300. This course will offer strategies for successful written and verbal communication in the English academic context. Students will learn critical thinking practices, developing their capacity for thinking like a scholar in the context of different disciplines. Consisting of one weekly one-on-one instruction session and one weekly guided small-group session, this course helps students to develop an awareness of their strengths and weaknesses and to realize their potential as academic writers. Enrollment by departmental approval.

WR 13100: Writing and Rhetoric

Writing and Rhetoric: Writing Race, Gender and Sexuality
Prof. Robinson Murphy
WR 13100-01 / MWF 8:20-9:10

This course will explore the rhetoric of race and sexuality alongside questions of gender and class through many different types of “text,” including music, television, film, internet videos, as well as more conventional print media. In this class, students can expect to approach writing as a process, promote each other's in-class learning by serving as peer-educators during collaborative writing workshops, and contribute to a broader environment of robust intellectual exchange. In addition to advancing their critical thinking, this class will teach students to conduct college-level research, frame an argument, support claims by providing evidence, engage counterarguments, and communicate in language appropriate for their intended audience. If students work to find writing topics that excite them, they can expect to gain preparation not only for constructing formidable arguments about race, gender, and sexuality, but also tools for facing the arguments they will encounter in their future academic work, civic engagement, and beyond.

Writing and Rhetoric: Writing Race, Gender and Sexuality
Prof. Robinson Murphy
WR 13100-02 / MWF 9:25-10:15

This course will explore the rhetoric of race and sexuality alongside questions of gender and class through many different types of “text,” including music, television, film, internet videos, as well as more conventional print media. In this class, students can expect to approach writing as a process, promote each other's in-class learning by serving as peer-educators during collaborative writing workshops, and contribute to a broader environment of robust intellectual exchange. In addition to advancing their critical thinking, this class will teach students to conduct college-level research, frame an argument, support claims by providing evidence, engage counterarguments, and communicate in language appropriate for their intended audience. If students work to find writing topics that excite them, they can expect to gain preparation not only for constructing formidable arguments about race, gender, and sexuality, but also tools for facing the arguments they will encounter in their future academic work, civic engagement, and beyond.

Writing and Rhetoric: The Great Conversation
Prof. Ian Gerdon
WR 13100-03 / TR 9:30-10:45

This course is about the practice of communication and the use of words. When we write, we always write to other people. Consequently, every act of communication is an interpersonal act, with all the complexities that involves. Should you flatter a professor? Is it inappropriate to get something out of a friend by blackmail? Communication always involves ethical issues, which means we have two questions to face in this course: how can we communicate effectively, and how can we communicate ethically? We will address these questions in four parts: first, we will ask basic questions about what rhetoric and ethics are. Second, we will consider what makes for persuasive communication under the headings of credibility, emotional motivation, and reasonable argumentation. Third, we will work to master the mechanics of using language and composing coherent and forceful essays. Finally, we will put all that we have learned in the broader context of the dialogues that shape our society – the ‘great conversation’ into which your Notre Dame education will allow you to enter as a thoughtful, effective, and ethical voice.

Writing and Rhetoric: Writing Race, Gender and Sexuality
Prof. Robinson Murphy
WR 13100-04 / MWF 11:30-12:20

This course will explore the rhetoric of race and sexuality alongside questions of gender and class through many different types of “text,” including music, television, film, internet videos, as well as more conventional print media. In this class, students can expect to approach writing as a process, promote each other's in-class learning by serving as peer-educators during collaborative writing workshops, and contribute to a broader environment of robust intellectual exchange. In addition to advancing their critical thinking, this class will teach students to conduct college-level research, frame an argument, support claims by providing evidence, engage counterarguments, and communicate in language appropriate for their intended audience. If students work to find writing topics that excite them, they can expect to gain preparation not only for constructing formidable arguments about race, gender, and sexuality, but also tools for facing the arguments they will encounter in their future academic work, civic engagement, and beyond.

Writing and Rhetoric: The Rhetoric of Fr. Hesburgh
Prof. Arnaud Zimmern
WR 13100-05 / TR 11:00-12:15

Given the 150 honorary doctoral degrees to his name, it would be an understatement to say Fr. Hesburgh knew a thing or two about clear and persuasive writing. In the first half of this course, we will study his autobiography and other historic documents in the light of classical rhetoric, discerning how Fr. Hesburgh proved so successful in changing his world through language. In the second half of the course, we will turn to our own writing and research and ponder our roles in remembering, constructing, using, and forgetting cultural heroes. We will move, in other words, from the question "How did Fr. Hesburgh use rhetoric?" to the question "How did Fr. Ted become rhetoric?" Goals for this workshop course include developing strong habits of academic reading, researching, presenting, and writing. We will train to identify and articulate the various modes of persuasion that surround us, from what is on the walls of Hesburgh Library to the walls themselves.

Writing and Rhetoric: Rhetorics of the Cinematic
Prof. Nathaniel Myers
WR 13100-06 / MWF 12:50-1:40

This course will prepare you not only for college-level writing but also for a broader critical engagement with contemporary culture and society. To that end, it considers key issues in writing and rhetoric -- from making persuasive arguments and supporting those arguments through credible means, to conducting research and engaging with other critical perspectives -- through the lens of film. Film has its own rhetorical strategies, its own (visual) grammar, and thus it affords us a broader scope of investigation, a way to hone our critical and persuasive faculties towards texts both written and visual. Consideration of our own writing will be filtered through course topics like film's visual rhetorics and strategies, and on its modes of advertising, argumentation, and advocacy. Assignments will require you to write in a number of critical and scholarly genres pertaining to film: the review (with accompanying rhetorical analysis), a visual/scene analysis, a scholarly research paper, and finally, a visual essay project (with accompanying analytic reflection paper).

Writing and Rhetoric: Rhetorics of the Cinematic
Prof. Nathaniel Myers
WR 13100-07 / MWF 2:00-2:50

This course will prepare you not only for college-level writing but also for a broader critical engagement with contemporary culture and society. To that end, it considers key issues in writing and rhetoric -- from making persuasive arguments and supporting those arguments through credible means, to conducting research and engaging with other critical perspectives -- through the lens of film. Film has its own rhetorical strategies, its own (visual) grammar, and thus it affords us a broader scope of investigation, a way to hone our critical and persuasive faculties towards texts both written and visual. Consideration of our own writing will be filtered through course topics like film's visual rhetorics and strategies, and on its modes of advertising, argumentation, and advocacy. Assignments will require you to write in a number of critical and scholarly genres pertaining to film: the review (with accompanying rhetorical analysis), a visual/scene analysis, a scholarly research paper, and finally, a visual essay project (with accompanying analytic reflection paper).

Writing and Rhetoric
Prof. H. Deborah Kwak
WR 13100-08 / MWF 2:00-2:50

In this course, we will investigate important social problems while developing and employing various styles and skills of rhetoric as effective writers. In many of the movements and conflicts we see emerging in the U.S. and around the world, at issue are demands for change and social justice. Whether these revolve around class, race, and gender inequality, civil and political rights, cultural differences, or discrimination on the basis of religion, we as responsible civic actors should understand how our society works, and about the influences that shape who we are and how we think. In this course, we will study and practice the components of skillful rhetoric and persuasive writing while exploring multiple and complex arguments that articulate important social issues. 

Writing and Rhetoric: Theory, Practice, and Ethics
Prof. Matthew Capdevielle
WR 13100-09 / TR 9:30-10:45

What is the difference between manipulating and convincing someone? Is there anyone with whom we share no common ground? To what degree are we bound to respond to others? These are ethical questions: by their very nature they entail a consideration of our relations with others. And our relations with others take shape in language. This studio/workshop course seeks to explore the ethical issues of reasoned dialogue with special emphasis on persuasion. It is a course in argument as a way of reasoning with others by advancing claims and supporting them with evidence. Through a series of papers and seminar discussions, we will work to see how academic argument is more than just staking out a position and supporting it; argument involves understanding the different ways that issues may be viewed by members of different audiences and communities. In order to gain this perspective, we will work, as Aristotle tells us, to "see the available means of persuasion" in any given situation. This is the art of rhetoric.

Writing and Rhetoric: Writing as Creative, Critical, and Civic Action
Prof. Joanna Lin Want
WR 13100-10 /  TR 9:30-10:45

In this course, we will consider what it means to be a writer and the many roles a writer can assume: artist, academic, and activist among others. Through writing, we can accomplish creative, critical, and civic actions, and we will try out all of these kinds of action through a series of assignments in various writing genres. During the semester, students will reflect on their reading and writing lives, research primary documents and their social- historical context, design and carry out a public rhetorical action on campus, and consider the critical, creative, and civic work of other writers. Readings will include reflections on the writing life written by practicing professional writers, primary documents and research, theoretical texts about writing, and other students’ writing. By the end of the semester, students should have gained a better theoretical understanding of how writing works, strategies for learning to write in unfamiliar genres and rhetorical situations, and a sense of what thoughtful, passionate writers can accomplish in the world through their writing and rhetorical action.

Writing and Rhetoric: Writing as Creative, Critical, and Civic Action
Prof. Joanna Lin Want
WR 13100-11 / TR 11:00-12:15

In this course, we will consider what it means to be a writer and the many roles a writer can assume: artist, academic, and activist among others. Through writing, we can accomplish creative, critical, and civic actions, and we will try out all of these kinds of action through a series of assignments in various writing genres. During the semester, students will reflect on their reading and writing lives, research primary documents and their social-historical context, design and carry out a public rhetorical action on campus, and consider the critical, creative, and civic work of other writers. Readings will include reflections on the writing life written by practicing professional writers, primary documents and research, theoretical texts about writing, and other students’ writing. By the end of the semester, students should have gained a better theoretical understanding of how writing works, strategies for learning to write in unfamiliar genres and rhetorical situations, and a sense of what thoughtful, passionate writers can accomplish in the world through their writing and rhetorical action.

Writing and Rhetoric: Writing as Creative, Critical, and Civic Action
Prof. Joanna Lin Want
WR 13100-12 / TR 12:30-1:45

In this course, we will consider what it means to be a writer and the many roles a writer can assume: artist, academic, and activist among others. Through writing, we can accomplish creative, critical, and civic actions, and we will try out all of these kinds of action through a series of assignments in various writing genres. During the semester, students will reflect on their reading and writing lives, research primary documents and their social-historical context, design and carry out a public rhetorical action on campus, and consider the critical, creative, and civic work of other writers. Readings will include reflections on the writing life written by practicing professional writers, primary documents and research, theoretical texts about writing, and other students’ writing. By the end of the semester, students should have gained a better theoretical understanding of how writing works, strategies for learning to write in unfamiliar genres and rhetorical situations, and a sense of what thoughtful, passionate writers can accomplish in the world through their writing and rhetorical action.

Writing and Rhetoric: Rhetorics of the Cinematic
Prof. Nathaniel Myers
WR 13100-13 / TR 3:30-4:45

This course will prepare you not only for college-level writing but also for a broader critical engagement with contemporary culture and society. To that end, it considers key issues in writing and rhetoric -- from making persuasive arguments and supporting those arguments through credible means, to conducting research and engaging with other critical perspectives -- through the lens of film. Film has its own rhetorical strategies, its own (visual) grammar, and thus it affords us a broader scope of investigation, a way to hone our critical and persuasive faculties towards texts both written and visual. Consideration of our own writing will be filtered through course topics like film's visual rhetorics and strategies, and on its modes of advertising, argumentation, and advocacy. Assignments will require you to write in a number of critical and scholarly genres pertaining to film: the review (with accompanying rhetorical analysis), a visual/scene analysis, a scholarly research paper, and finally, a visual essay project (with accompanying analytic reflection paper).

WR 13200: Community-Based Writing and Rhetoric

Community-Based Writing and Rhetoric
Prof. Erik-John Fuhrer
WR 13200-02 / TR 3:30-4:45

In this course you will take ownership over your education and the direction of your projects. Though I will provide specific guidelines, they will be broad enough for you to create something that is meaningful to you. To these ends, we will explore diverse applications of voice, writing style and various types of media to construct meaningful arguments about ourselves, our communities, and the social issues that are important to us. We will experiment not only with what types of arguments to make but also with how to best make them. Would your claims be best exhibited through a collage or a short film or does a traditional essay work better for what you are trying to accomplish? These are the kinds of questions we will ask ourselves in this class. We will be looking at various manifestations of argument, both experimental and more traditional, for inspiration. All I ask is that you be comfortable with taking risks and developing new interests and passions. The classroom is your workshop.

Since this is a Community-Based Learning course it will be a thoroughly hybrid experience, drawing both on classroom interactions and community engagement. Through our partnership with the Robinson Shakespeare Center, we will learn to become better listeners, explorers and community members, all of which will make us better communicators and writers. This experience will help us be more generous and open to each other in class.

WR 13300: Multimedia Writing and Rhetoric

Multimedia Writing and Rhetoric: Ethical Discourses across Media
Prof. Kasey Swanke
WR 13300-01 / MWF 11:30-12:20 

Albus Dumbledore remarked that "words are our most inexhaustible source of magic--capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it." Every day we encounter words and arguments, some of which are injurious to discourse and some of which promote peace, fairness, and dialogue. Focusing on issues of contemporary and ethical significance, we will learn how to use words (as well as images, sounds, and other forms of media) to persuade others in ways that serve ourselves and our audiences.

The content of this course prepares you for writing successfully in your current and future courses at Notre Dame. Each class that you take here will introduce you to specific conversations regarding topics of moral, political, scientific, and intellectual significance. Most often, these conversations are not simple, but instead quite complicated. Thinking about them often requires qualifications, trade-offs, and excruciating honesty. Navigating and responding to them well requires a keen understanding of argumentation and presentation tactics. While we develop a diverse rhetorical toolkit and strategies for successful writing, our multimedia focus lends us a distinct advantage: you will sharpen these important skills within the context of a variety of rhetorical modes spanning memes, campaign ads, and scholarly journal articles, to name just a few.

Multimedia Writing and Rhetoric: The Rhetoric of Conflict
Prof. Chamara Moore
WR 13300-02 / MWF 9:25-10:15 

Human rights activist Dorothy Thomas once said, "Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it." We face conflict frequently in the various media we encounter in our every day lives: news, political cartoons, film, television, music, advertising, and social media to name a few. How do Batman and The Joker use different rhetorical strategies in their opposition? What about W. E. B. Du Bois and Marcus Garvey, or Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton? What about similar rhetorical arguments in a battle of tweets or Facebook comments? These different forms of conflict have shaped our history and continue to shape our lives. This course will allow us to think critically about these and other disagreements in literature and media. After identifying how rhetoric works in our media-driven society, we will then analyze the choices and ethical responsibilities involved in creating a rhetorical argument—such as voice, purpose, audience, and evidence--and we will put these considerations into practice in the construction of our own rhetorically sound arguments. At the end of this course, we will come away with a toolkit for more effective, ethical argumentation, writing, and revision.

Multimedia Writing and Rhetoric: Persuasion and Visual Culture
Prof. Jeremy Davidheiser
WR 13300-03 / MWF 10:30-11:20 

In this course, we will focus on the rhetorical work that visual culture does in our everyday lives. New forms of digital technology mean that we are constantly saturated with images, and we can often overlook the ways that images, like words, communicate messages and persuade consumers. Beginning with the most basic still images and ranging over many forms of online media, television, and film, this course will give you a vocabulary for discussing the means of persuasion and captivation images employ. We will discuss images both as unique media with unique rules and as profoundly diverse media capable of being paired with ambient sound, spoken dialogue, and written captions. Because this is a writing course, we will also spend much of our time workshopping and learning to write persuasively about the rhetorical strategies of visual media. The variety of media we will discuss and write about in this course will be answered with diverse writing assignments, preparing you to write successfully and with nuance as you continue your career at Notre Dame and beyond.

Multimedia Writing and Rhetoric: How Meaning Is Made in the Information Age
Prof. Robert Palermo
WR 13300-04 / MWF 10:30-11:20 

As the course title suggests, our topics for the semester are writing and rhetoric. Rhetoric is the theory and practice of argument, and writing is the primary means by which we will construct rhetoric in this class. We approach our topic from a multimedia standpoint, because today it is essential to understand rhetoric beyond its traditional presentation as written or spoken text. We will do this through a careful analysis of the ways in which film, digitalization, the 24-hour news cycle, and social media impact the arguments we hear and make. Our readings, films, and other texts will examine the relationship between digital technology and the process of rhetorical construction. This class has two goals. The first is to analyze and understand rhetoric. When we undertake course readings this semester, including viewing films, artwork, and parsing traditional text, we will do so for the purposes of investigating how the authors are trying to construct persuasive arguments. What argument is being made? How is it being constructed? Who is the audience? Is it convincing? Why or why not? The second is the construction of rhetoric through writing, the crafting of well constructed, persuasive, and ethical arguments.

Multimedia Writing and Rhetoric: Communicating Identity in Community
Prof. Amy Nelson
WR 13300-05 / MWF 12:50-1:40 

There are seemingly endless ways to express and negotiate identity in the several communities of which we each are a part. Categories such as gender, race, and religion play daily roles in cultural discourse, and that discourse is now spread across a variety of multimedia platforms, presenting both opportunities and challenges to how we are able to deliver our own points of view. In this course we will analyze the ways in which people argue and make meaning through the use of rhetorical tools. You will strengthen your critical thinking skills as you learn how to successfully identify and craft arguments through the written word as well as through audio and visual media. By the end of the course you will be able to more effectively engage with your communities, ready to act as a thoughtful, informed, and ethical global citizen.

Multimedia Writing and Rhetoric: Multicontextual Rhetoric and Discourse
Prof. Amanda Bohne
WR 13300-07 / TR 5:05-6:20 

As students, you will spend much of your time looking at print works, but you look at images and writing in other contexts every day, just as people did before the digital and printing revolutions. Whether or not you seek them out, rhetorical messages reach you and you probably have a sense of how to respond. Listening to a prepared speech, watching a documentary or following a link that a friend posts on Facebook, you already know how to “read” your own culture and respond to it in a general sense. In this class, you will develop these perceptive skills to create strong, critically-aware arguments in your papers or any other medium you choose to communicate your point of view. At the same time, you will gain a deeper understanding of how modern multimedia discourse draws on pre-digital traditions.

Multimedia Writing and Rhetoric: The Rhetoric(s) of Happiness in the Digital Age
Prof. Erin McLaughlin
WR 13300-08 / TR 11:00-12:15 

The theme we will use to drive our investigation this semester is one of ongoing local and global debate: happiness. Specifically, we will examine a variety of claims made about happiness, with attention to the evidence, audiences, contexts, motivations, and assumptions underscoring those claims. We will explore a variety of perspectives emerging from psychology, religious thought, social science, advertising, popular culture, and politics, and we will explore the ways in which happiness is defined and measured. As we shall see, the study of happiness is relevant not just to individual well-being, but to global and national health concerns, economic trends, theological questions, community-building efforts, social justice issues, and a variety of corporate, political, and government stakeholders. We will scratch the surface of some of these academic and public conversations, which will comprise the primary content for our course readings.

Multimedia Writing and Rhetoric: The Rhetoric(s) of Happiness in the Digital Age
Prof. Erin McLaughlin
WR 13300-09 / TR 12:30-1:45 

The theme we will use to drive our investigation this semester is one of ongoing local and global debate: happiness. Specifically, we will examine a variety of claims made about happiness, with attention to the evidence, audiences, contexts, motivations, and assumptions underscoring those claims. We will explore a variety of perspectives emerging from psychology, religious thought, social science, advertising, popular culture, and politics, and we will explore the ways in which happiness is defined and measured. As we shall see, the study of happiness is relevant not just to individual well-being, but to global and national health concerns, economic trends, theological questions, community-building efforts, social justice issues, and a variety of corporate, political, and government stakeholders. We will scratch the surface of some of these academic and public conversations, which will comprise the primary content for our course readings.

Multimedia Writing and Rhetoric: Persuasion in the Public Sphere
Prof. Sarah Coogan
WR 13300-10 / TR 12:30-1:45 

Our country is undergoing a season of extreme political polarization. All around us, in news outlets, political speeches, and social media, we can find many examples of speech used to manipulate, to obfuscate, and to divide. Examples of effective and ethical communication are less common. With this in mind, the aims of this course are, first, to develop tools with which to evaluate the speech that surrounds us, written and spoken, print and digital; second, to hone our own communication skills so that we may clearly, ethically, and persuasively share our ideas with others. We will particularly focus on the development of academic writing skills but will also involve components of public speaking and social media communication. These disciplines hold value not only because they contribute to academic and career success, but because they prepare us to engage in the difficult and vital work of dialoging with those different from us.

Multimedia Writing and Rhetoric
Prof. Rachel Hanks
WR 13300-11 / TR 2:00-3:15 

In this course we will look at the gaps between different perceptions of the world as the space where argument, rhetoric and persuasion can occur. This class will argue that constructive and competent arguments usually start from an effort to understand and respect the perspectives of their audience and hone the argument to suit its context. In our study of how to bridge the gaps between perspectives, we will learn to select approaches, rhetorical techniques and media to best suit the context of the discussion. We will look at more than just traditional print media as platforms for argument—we’ll also analyze the arguments of images, movies, advertisements, the layout of physical spaces, and social media, and craft arguments in both print and non-print media. As we compose and revise arguments for a variety of situations and audiences, we’ll also cultivate an ethics of argumentation—what is the difference between using an understanding of your audience to persuade, and using it to manipulate? How can we be responsible citizens while wielding words, which Albus Dumbledore called "our most inexhaustible source of magic--capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it?"

Multimedia Writing and Rhetoric: Aristotelian Arguments in a Digital Age
Prof. Patrick Clauss
WR 13300-12 / TR 2:00-3:15 

In The Art of Travel, Alain de Botton observes that "a danger of travel is that we may see things at the wrong time, before we have had an opportunity to build up the necessary receptivity, so that new information is as useless and fugitive as necklace beads without a connecting chain.” de Botton’s point, it seems, applies not only to travel in the literal sense, physically going from one location to another, but also travel in a metaphoric sense, the kind of travel a scholar might undertake while moving through a complex research and writing process.

How might one build up such a necessary receptivity, ensuring that new information and new experiences are not "useless and fugitive . . . without a connecting chain"? The study of rhetoric offers answers: Rhetoric—understood here as the science of argumentation (privileging logos) and the art of persuasion (privileging ethos and pathos)—trains one to be a skilled researcher, speaker, and writer. In the liberal arts tradition, the study of rhetoric also trains one in ways of knowing, of being receptive to how seemingly disparate information, old and new, fits together. Thus, in this section of Multimedia Writing and Rhetoric, specifically designed for AnBryce Scholars, we will travel together, literally and metaphorically. As we do, we will cultivate our receptivity to the rhetorical worlds around us. Ultimately, our goal is to become accomplished and cosmopolitan scholars. Consistent with the missions of the University Writing Program and the AnBryce Scholars Program, we will research, speak, and write with integrity, compassion, and wisdom. 

Multimedia Writing and Rhetoric: What Does it Mean to Right?
Prof. Michael Ball
WR 13300-13 / TR 2:00-3:15 

What does it mean to hold an opinion? When we offer our opinions to others, what might we expect? Will they be swayed? Should they be? How shall we regard the opinions of others? Whom do we expect might influence our own thinking? Do contested questions have a right answer? What does it mean to be right?

We live in a connected world. Opinions abound and are shared so often and so easily that they may be distinguished more by their passion than by the basis on which they are formed. But here in the academy, you will be asked to make reasoned judgments, to argue rationally for a particular view of what is "real" or "true." Your task in a community of scholars will be to persuade, to commend to others a view based upon evidence while acknowledging that other views may be reasonable too.

In the class, drawing on readings and on multimedia sources, we will examine what has become of public discourse in our day. We will consider the nature of partisanship and the effect it may have on deliberation. We will engage in lively discussion and learn to appreciate the interplay of ideas that may advance our knowledge of each other and of the world. In addition, we will examine the various types of evidence with which an argument might be supported. We will build a bedrock upon which you will learn to advance a thesis and to persuade thoughtful readers to your position.

Multimedia Writing and Rhetoric: Writing for Digital Natives
Prof. Micah Towery
WR 13300-14 / MWF 3:30-4:20 

Do you miss your brain before the internet? Do you even remember life before the internet? Probably not. If not, you are a ‘digital native.’ This writing class is for you--and about you, in a way. It's about rhetoric in the mediums that define communication today. In this course, we will range the mediums and modes that define our digital-age rhetoric--from Tinder and first-person journalism to Wikipedia's "Neutral Point of View."

Multimedia Writing and Rhetoric: Writing for Digital Natives
Prof. Micah Towery
WR 13300-15 / MWF 5:05-5:55 

Do you miss your brain before the internet? Do you even remember life before the internet? Probably not. If not, you are a ‘digital native.’ This writing class is for you--and about you, in a way. It's about rhetoric in the mediums that define communication today. In this course, we will range the mediums and modes that define our digital-age rhetoric--from Tinder and first-person journalism to Wikipedia's "Neutral Point of View."

Multimedia Writing and Rhetoric
Prof.
Randal Sean Harrison
WR 13300-16 / TR 3:30-4:45 

Anyone who wishes to make a positive difference in the world is well advised to study the practical art of rhetoric. By developing strong communication skills, you empower yourself to move others to think, feel, and act in ways that help realize positive changes. Of course, facing the burgeoning array of media available to us as contemporary communicators, the genres/rhetorical situations have multiplied, and grown in both technological and cultural complexity. Assuming you are down to promote social justice and other social good, this course will ask you to identify and engage in academic research around a social problematic—an urgent social question or crisis of sorts—and communicate that exigency through the multimedia genre of your choosing by the end of the semester. In order to arrive at this strongly persuasive final multimedia text, we will spend the semester learning not only how to use a library to write academic research, but also studying the practical arts of written and visual rhetoric for communicating your findings across a variety of possible media/genres, including textual essays, comics, posters, infomercials, films, TED Talks, and other multimedia/multimodal genres.