Rhetoric Society of America Project 2019

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Rhetorical Cartographies of the University Campus Master Plan
University of Nevada, Reno, May 20-23, 2019

Lynda Walsh
Catherine J. Chaput
Amy Pason

Welcome to RSA's 2019 Project in Power, Place, and Publics! Here you'll find all the resources you need for the event.

We're excited to host a new type of engagement with the Rhetoric Society of America (RSA) where we'll rhetorically analyze the University of Nevada, Reno Campus Master Plan in eight hands-on working groups. The University and the city of Reno offer unique opportunities for academic and community collaboration and the Project takes advantage of the various opportunities for civic engagement. The Project's keynote will be presented by John Ackerman, who has been pushing rhetoricians to be more critical and aware of the ways they are recruited to university "civic engagement" efforts.

Registration is open until April 1. If you plan to attend the Special Event on Sunday night, it is recommended you arrive prior to 3 p.m. The Project itself runs from 8 a.m. on Monday, May 20 through noon on Thursday, May 23. Detailed agendas will be forthcoming from working-group leaders in early April after the close of registration.

Details about working groups are listed below:

Ronald Walter Greene is a Professor and Chair of Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. His research focuses on the material modalities of rhetorical practice for guiding institutional judgments. Greene is one of the founding organizers and former chair of the critical and cultural studies division of the National Communication Association (NCA). He currently serves on the executive board of the Rhetorical Society of America. Check out Managed Convictions: Debate and the Limits of Electoral Politics (2015).

Amy Vidali is a professor in the writing program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Vidali's research focuses on rhetoric, writing and disability. She's currently working on a book about disability and rhetorical negotiation, which explores infertility as a disability, stuttering in families, as well as food access and GI distress. Check out "Diagnosing Disability, Disease, and Disorder Online: Disclosure, Dismay, and Student Research" in Negotiating Disability: Disclosure and Higher Education (2017).

David Coogan is an associate professor in the English department at Virginia Commonwealth University and co-director of OPEN MINDS, a collaborative partnership between the Richmond City Sheriff's Office and Virginia Commonwealth University. Coogan teaches writing workshops in autobiography at the Richmond City Jail (RCJ). Check out Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail (2015).

Jenny Rice is an associate professor of writing, rhetoric and digital media at the University of Kentucky. Jenny has published scholarship on topics such as public rhetoric, affect, rhetorical ecologies and new media writing. Check out Distant Publics: Development Rhetoric and the Subject of Crisis (2012).

Jacqueline Royster is dean of Georgia Tech's Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. She holds the Ivan Allen Jr. dean's chair in liberal arts and technology, and is professor of English in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication. Her research centers on rhetorical studies, literacy studies, women's studies and cultural studies. Check out Feminist Rhetorical Studies: New Horizons in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies (2012).

Laurie Gries is an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the department of communication and the program of writing and rhetoric at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Gries is particularly interested in how images circulate, transform and contribute to collective life and is currently developing digital research methods and data visualization techniques to support such research. Check out Still Life with Rhetoric (2015) and her conceptual sketches.

Angela Haas is an associate professor in the department of English at Illinois State University. Hass' research interests are in American Indian rhetorics and literatures, cultural rhetorics, decolonial theory and methodology, digital rhetorics, histories and theories of technical communication, indigenous feminisms, rhetorical theory, transnational cyberfeminist theory and visual rhetorics. Check out "Toward a decolonial digital and visual American Indian rhetorics pedagogy" in Survivance, sovereignty, and story: teaching indigenous rhetorics (2015).

Bridie McGreavy is an assistant professor of environmental communication in the department of communication and journalism at the University of Maine. Her research addresses how through communication, individuals and communities become resilient and sustainable. She is currently a UMaine co-PI on a six million dollar grant through NSF's EPSCoR program to advance a four-year study examining the future of dams in New England. Check out Tracing rhetoric and material life: Ecological approaches (2018).

This workshop will take an intersectional approach to environmental justice to explore and analyze inequities and disparate impacts related to transportation and youth homelessness in Reno, NV. Our workshop will collaborate with staff and clients of the Eddy House, a youth homeless shelter. We are also working with Dr. Scott Kelly who is leading research that has shown that the focal area of the Gateway Precinct in the University of Nevada, Reno Campus Master Plan (CMP) is an environmental justice hotspot due, in part, to this area's proximity to the highway and issues related to mobility and air quality. This workshop will build from this study to create a layered understanding of how campus expansion may impact young people who have constrained access to housing and transportation. We will read and discuss interdisciplinary articles on rhetoric, geography and social-environmental justice to make sense of and meaningfully contribute to ongoing efforts in Reno to advance just and sustainable approaches to transportation, education access and urban development.