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11:00 AM–12:00 PM, Circuit Studio, Ricks Hall Addition
8:00 AM–9:30 AM, Caldwell G109

Thursday, March 17

Plenary Session (Open to all conference attendees, refreshments provided):

What’s the Future of Carolina Rhetoric Conference?

11:30 AM-12:45 PM, Circuit Studio, Ricks Hall Addition

Dunkin Donuts – Munchkins, coffee

In this roundtable discussion, representatives from Clemson University, University of South Carolina, and North Carolina State University will discuss the future of the conference, addressing issues regarding the nature of the conference and changes in response to its development over the years. All attendees are welcome to participate.

Concurrent Session A
A1: Feminist Rhetoric

1:00 PM-2:00 PM, Circuit Studio, Ricks Hall Addition

Emily Jo Schwaller, North Carolina State University

“I am a Hero of Rape: Repositioning Campus Rape Narratives”

Shasta Lewis, North Carolina State University

“The Paradoxical Rhetoric of the HeForShe Cause”

A2: Visual Rhetorics

1:00 PM-2:00 PM, Room 129, 1911 Building

Kelly Wheeler, University of South Carolina

“Imagetext as a Frontier of Rhetoric”

Erin O’Quinn, University of North Carolina-Wilmington

“The Rhetoric of Data Visualization: Infographics and the FYC Classroom”

Jen Bircher, University of North Carolina-Wilmington

“Recovering “Shock” for Digital Rhetoric: The Creation of a Corporeal Persuasion”

Concurrent Session B

B1: Feminist Rhetoric

2:15 PM-3:15 PM, Circuit Studio, Ricks Hall Addition

Jeffrey Bruinsma, University of North Carolina-Wilmington

“Good Girls and Jezebels: Modern Feminist Rhetoric and Social Media”

Emily Happick, University of North Carolina-Wilmington

“Meanwhile, in Other Rhetorics”

Melissa Stone, University of North Carolina-Wilmington

“We Need to Have the Talk: Menstruation Rhetorica in the Making”

B2: Pedagogy

2:15 PM-3:15 PM, Room 129 1911 Building

Randall McClure, Pfeiffer University

“Information in the Making: What Digital Rhetoric Can Learn from Information Behavior Theory”

J.J. Sylvia, North Carolina State University

“Rhetorical Approaches to New Media and the Public Speaking Classroom”

Catherine Restrepo, University of North Carolina-Wilmington

“Bilingual Approaches to Writing: The Making (and un-Making) of Contrastive Rhetoric”

Concurrent Session C

C1: Rhetorical Activism

3:30 PM-4:30 PM, Circuit Studio

Kim Lilienthal, North Carolina State University

“Moral Altruism or Imperialism? The Functions of Voluntourism Narratives in Digital Media”

Dana Calhoun, University of North Carolina-Wilmington

“Putting the “Bitch” in Bitch Planet: The Rhetoric of Patriarchy and Power”

Samuel Horstmann, University of North Carolina-Wilmington

“Inviting the Digital Activist: Exploring Invitational Rhetoric’s Impact on Social Media Movements and Other Forms of Digital Activism”

C2: Cultural Theory

3:30 PM-4:30 PM, Room 129 1911 Building

Larissa Carneiro, North Carolina State University

“The Material Rhetoric of Creationism, or, How to Turn the Bible into Scientific Facts”

April OBrien, Clemson University

“De-centering the One True Way”

Lance Cummings, University of North Carolina-Wilmington

“Making the Ineffable: A Comparison Between Two Cosmoses”

Friday, March 18


8:00 AM-8:30 AM,  Caldwell G109
Bruegger’s Bagels – Assorted bagels & cream cheese, fruit salad, coffee
Concurrent Session D

D1: Technical Communication

8:30 AM-9:30 AM, Caldwell G108

“Making Meta: Embodied Rhetorics in the Technical Communication Classroom”

Zachary Lundgren, East Carolina University

Brandon Hardy, East Carolina University

Alana Baker, East Carolina University

D2: Classical Rhetoric

8:30 AM-9:30 AM, Caldwell G110

Carl Schlachte, University of North Carolina-Greensboro

“Isocratean Rhetoric in the Making of Global Citizens”

Kimberly Overmier, University of South Carolina

“Reinterpreting Plato’s Gorgias: In Search of Human Rights”

Caitlin Grimes, North Carolina State University

“Donald Trump’s Digital Presidential Campaign: A Case of Gorgias’ Rhetoric”

Concurrent Session E
E1: Genre

9:45 AM-10:45 AM, Caldwell G108

“Making and Re-making Genre: Genres, complexity, and change”

Gwendolynne Reid, North Carolina State University

Stephen Carradini, North Carolina State University

Adele Hite, North Carolina State University

E2: Gaming

9:45 AM-10:45 AM, Caldwell G110

Anni Simpson, North Carolina State University

“Anita Sarkeesian’s Failed Rhetorical Approach: Gender Relations and the Gaming Community”

William Platt, University of North Carolina-Wilmington

“Achievement Earned! The Rhetorical Reinforcement and Subversion of Hegemonic Ideals Through Video Games”

Research Network Forum

9:45 AM-10:45 AM, Caldwell G109

Research Network Forum

Group 1
Gregory Orme, East Carolina University

“Ekphrasis Expanded: A 21st-Century Exploration of Media and Intertextuality”

Kristin Yates, University of North Carolina-Greensboro

“Electric Kairos: Writing the Opportune Moment in Contemporary Advertising”

Trevor Meyer, University of South Carolina

“On the Oneness of Violence and the Necessity of Coercion: a Meditation on a Dangerous Idea”

Group 2
Leah Vitello, University of South Carolina

“Teaching Rhetoric Through Fourth-Wave Feminist Digital Activism”

Thomas Leigh, University of South Carolina

“Gendered Convolutions: The Excised Involvement Necessarily Implicated in Violence Against [Women]”

Paul Johnston, University of North Carolina-Wilmington

“Presidential Rhetorics: Politics of Class”

Group 3
Eric James Stephens, Clemson University

“Social Justice in Technical Communication: Understanding the Ethical Implications in Roland Barthes’ Writing Degree Zero”

Sebastian Ivy, University of South Carolina

“The Senses of Modality”

Amber Lee, University of South Carolina

“Fidelity, Fickleness, Forgetting: The Transhistorical Movement of Memory through Kafka’s “Prometheus”


11:00 AM-11:45 AM, Caldwell G109

Jasmin Mediterranean Bistro – Chicken & gyro shawarma, grilled veggie kabobs, Greek salad, hummus & pita bread

Session F: Keynote Panel

11:45 AM-1:15 PM, Caldwell G108

Interactive Keynote Presentation and Discussion

In this panel, Co-Chairs of the RSA Student Chapter at NCSU will lead a discussion with our invited keynote speakers who will respond to the conference theme and answer questions crowdsourced from conference attendees before and during the panel. The crowdsourcing will take place at the conference, and the specific procedure will be announced at the Plenary session.

Keon Pettiway, North Carolina State University

Geoffrey Luurs, North Carolina State University

Dr. Victoria Gallagher, North Carolina State University

Dr. Gregory Dickinson, Colorado State University

Dr. Carole Blair, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Session G

Interactive Demonstrations

2:00 PM-3:00 PM, Visualization Studio, D.H. Hill Library

Benjamin Harley, University of South Carolina

“Remixing the Anti-Nigger Machine: A Sonic Collage of Gangsta Narrative”

Stephen J. Quigley, Clemson University

“Mobile Apps as a Heuristic for Ritual”
Session H

Big Data Visualization

3:15 PM-4:15 PM, Visualization Studio, D.H. Hill Library

J.J. Sylvia, North Carolina State University

“The Rhetorical Act of Big Data Visualizations”




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