The Gunderson Forum in Rhetoric and Public Culture this semester will have a number of interesting and exciting events operating under the general theme of "Change and Transformation":
2/13 Conversational Brown Bag Lunch (11:30-1:00) This is an informal meeting for those interested in discussing the the genealogy of rhetorical studies in the 20th Century. It is animated by Kathleen McConnell's interest in tracing a genealogy of the rhetoric and public culture program in CMCL (from where do we come? who are our genealogical ancestors? What were the theoretical and conceptual concerns that led to a transformative shift from "speech communication" to "rhetoric and public culture?" And so.
2/27 Brown Bag Lunch Roundtable Discussion on John Sloop's Disciplining Gender (11:30-1:30). John Sloop will be our Auer Lecturer this year (3/26/09) and in preparation for his visit we will read the introduction and first two chapters in his Winans-Wichelns Award winning book Undoing Gender. The reading (a .pdf is available under "resources" on the Gunderson Forum On-Course Site) was suggested by Sloop as speaking to our interest in "change and transformation." As Sloop put it, if you are going to think about change and transformation you need to attend to discursive contexts that resist and undermine the possibilities for either. This reading speaks to such concerns. Come ready with questions, problems, arguments, and the lie.
4/30/09 Assessing Change After 100 Days. 4/30 marks the 100th day of the Obama Administration. The Gunderson Forum will host a public roundtable discussion assessing the changes and transformations accomplished in the first 100 days from within the perspective of rhetoric and public culture. The meeting will schedule at the Monroe Public Library and will take place in the evening. Plans are still being made here,-but we hope to have a very exciting panel.
Specific locations for the events will be announced at a later time. If you have questions post John Lucaites: firstname.lastname@example.org