Cultural Rhetorics
October 23-25, 2008
Montana State University
Bozeman, Montana

Thursday, October 23

Politics, the West, and One Guy with a Guitar:
Greg Keeler
Location to be announced

Join us Thursday evening for a pre-election concert of political satire and Montana music from our departmental crooner and occasional English Professor Greg Keeler. By October 23, you’ll need to hear him.

Friday, October 24

Conference Welcome and Keynote address
Scott Lyons, Syracuse University, “The Indigenous Public Intellectual and the Question of Writing”
Student Union Building

10:45 – 12:15 Concurrent Sessions
Building Cultures of Peace: Rabble-Rousing and Land-Based Rhetorics of Survival
Heather Bruce, University of Montana, “Building Cultures of Peace: Terry Tempest Williams and Montana’s Mandate, ‘Indian Education for All’”
Gae Lyn Henderson, Utah Valley State College, “Indigenous Rhetoric of the Land and Body: Changing Public Policy Through Human Stories”
Merrilyne Lundahl, University of Montana, “Coyote Medicine: Sustaining Communities Through Wilderness”

The New Ghost Dance and Pedagogies of Cultural Rhetorics: Making the Portfolio “Norming” Session More Just and Real
Elenore Long, Arizona State University, “Assessing the Rhetorical Situation: Confronting the Limits of Conventional Deliberation Within the Portfolio Norming Session”
Jenna Williams, Eastern Washington University, “Features of the New Ghost Dance: A Compelling Alternative to Conventional Deliberation”
Rebecca Halonen, Eastern Washington University, “Restructuring Portfolio Deliberation: Cuing Discussions about Instructional Strategies and Curriculum Design”

Friend and Foe: Learning to Write at College
Chair: Micaela Young, Montana State University
Doug Christensen, University of Utah, “The Culture of Friendship at the University: Getting Along in the Classroom and on the Page”
Joshua Lenart, University of Utah, “Words that Kill: Writing Centers and Student Anxiety”
Christian Stuart, University of Washington, “”Peer Review as Friend and Foe: ESL writers in a required freshman Composition Course”

Rhetorics of the Public Intellectual
Chair: Joshua Johnson, Montana State University
Robert Bennett, Montana State University, “Bob Marley, Vernacular Public Intellectual at the Crossroads Between the Local and the Global”
Arlene Plevin, “Ecocomposition, Ethics, and the Public Intellectual: Embracing the Marginalized”
Scott Stevens, Western Washington University, “Public Intellectuals and the Rhetoric of Belief”

Cultural Rhetorics of Transformation
Chair: Karen Henderson, Montana State University
Judith C. Lapadat, University of Northern British Columbia “Cultural Inscription and Common Meanings in Life Challenges”
Michael Stancliff, Arizona State University, “Cultural Rhetorics of Racial Feeling at Emancipation”
Heather Fitzgerald Jorgensen, University of Utah, “Red/Read: Emotional Community and Transformation in 21 st Century Literacy Practices”

Stupid Knowledge: Discourses of Rural Life, Two Year Campuses, and Women’s Ways of Knowing
Cathy Corr, University of Montana
Rebecca Jones, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
Kate Ryan, University of Montana

Identifying Narratives for Writers
Chair: Françoise Saurauge, Montana State University
Angela Rounsaville, University of Washington, “Cross-Cultural Reflections: When Student and Disciplinary Identities Collide in Portfolio Cover Letters”
Raymond Oenbring, University of Washington, “Native American tales as Point of Entry for Genre and WID Pedagogy”
Rick Kmetz, University of Nevada, Reno, “Re-Reading Norman MacLean’s A River Runs Through It: The Bunkhouse Variety of Narrative Art, Oratory, and the Teaching of Writing”

Racial Rhetorics: The Study, Discussion, and Application of Cultural Rhetorics in the Composition Classroom
Nicole Herrera, University of Akron, “The Rhetorical Construction of Race: Repercussions and Opportunities in the Composition Classroom”
Samuel L. Gilbert, University of Akron, “Engaging the Rhythm-less Nation: A Study of the Degrees of Success in the Journey Toward Hybridity”
Kayla Wise, University of Akron, “The Rhetoric of Race: The Effects of Language and the Dialectic on Our Understanding of Cultural Identity”

The Assessment Culture: Pointing/Counterpointing Our Way through Mandates for Writing Assessment
Chris Burnham, New Mexico State University,
Patti Wojahn, New Mexico State University

The Rhetorics of Gender and Peace: Teaching Accountability and Responsibility
Sibylle Gruber, Northern Arizona University, “Gendered Language Uses: Intersections and Connections”
Nancy Barron, Northern Arizona University, “Challenging Official Truth with Peace: Language and Reality”
Corey Mead, University of Wisconsin Madison “‘All but war is simulation’: Military Videogames, Literacy, and the Recruitment of Identity”

Text-ers, Students, Scholars: Rendering Cultural Shifts Into and Out of Writing Classroom Literacies Radically Transparent
Doug Downs, Montana State University, “The Writing Class as a Site of Radical Transparency”
Kelsey Rabner Booth, Utah Valley University, “Looking Beyond Symbology: Teaching Modalities as Literacy Shifts”
Mindy Harward, Utah Valley University, “The Role of Purpose and Audience in Shifting Student Literacies from Classroom to Scholarly”

The Rhetoric of Necessity: Reading and Writing Moments of Social Crisis
Margaret Johnson, Idaho State University, “‘Your Own People’: Economics and Ethnicity in My Beautiful Laundrette”
Laurie Wood, Utah Valley University, “Contending with Whiteness: Towards a Transformative Understanding of Race”
Brian Whaley, Utah Valley University, “‘Confused Alarms’: Culture and Argument in McEwan’s Saturday

Listening Rhetoric: Framework or Rhetrickery?
Chair: George Pullman, Georgia State University
Brad Benz, Fort Lewis College, “Listening Rhetoric Across the Disciplines: A Structure for Writing?”
Erik Juergensmeyer, Fort Lewis College, “Listening Rhetoric and Argumentation: A Practical Framework?”
John Baranski, Fort Lewis College, “Listening Rhetoric in Labor History: ‘What did you say, Joe Hill?’”

Visual and Material Rhetorics: History, Law, and Identity
Chair: Katie Davison, Montana State University
Maureen Daly Goggin, Arizona State University, “Marking Time: Material Rhetoric and Identity Performance in Needle and Thread”
Becca Gercken, University of Minnesota-Morris “Manifest Meanings in Cheyenne Ledger Art: The Selling, Not Telling, of American Indian History”

Revealing Rhetorics
Chair: Danette Long, Montana State University
Aneil Rallin, Soka University of America, “Where is Queer in Queer Composition Studies?”
Connie Kendall, University of Cincinnati, “Lessons from Affirlachia: Historical Agency and Visible Lives”
Matt Herman, Montana State University, “Writing Class: Allison Hedge Coke and the Rhetoric of Poverty”

Saturday, October 25

Cultural Rhetorics and Academic Cultures: The Rhetorician as Public Intellectual
Anis Bawarshi, University of Washington, "Cultural Rhetorics of Reciprocity: The Rhetorician as Public Intellectual"
Mary Jo Rieff, University of Tennessee, "Faculty Service Learning in the Local Community: The Case of Serving on a Non-Profit Board"
Amy Devitt, University of Kansas, "Clashing over Connections in Existing Rhetorical Situations: The Cae of Consulting in Legal Sub-Cultures"
Angela Jones, Western Kentucky University, "The Challenges of Intervening in Dominant Cultural Rhetorics: The Case of the Israel-Palestine Conflict"

“One-Size Fits All” or “All Cultures Must Shrink to Fit”? The Procrustean Bed of No-Child-Left-Behind- Era Education
Sonia Apgart Begert, Olympic College
Meredith J. Lee, Chaminade University

Narrative Badlands, Rhetorical Margins: Rereading the Textual Lives of Historical, Rural, and International Women
Alanna Simmons, University of Nevada, Reno, “Agency and Boundary-Negotiations: Women Autobiographically Writing to Assert and Claim Identity”
Marcia Kmetz, University of Nevada, Reno, “A Rustic Among Us: The Rhetorical Construction of Jeannette Rankin’s Rural Identity”
Crystal Broch, University of Nevada, Reno, “Globalization, Surrogacy, and Silence: A Critical Analysis of Media Discourse on ‘Outsourced’ Pregnancy”

Rhetorics of Science, Law, and Religion
Chair: Lauren DeGrafenfield, Montana State University
Susan Miller, University of Utah, ‘The Rhetoric of Changing Cultural Tropes: The Rise of Religion or the Fall of Secularism?”
Sarah Perrault, University of Nevada Reno, “Relocating the Application Topos: Classical Concepts and Current Questions in Rhetoric of Science”
Sergio Novani, Centre for Legal Philosophy Studies (Viareggio, Italy) “Using Rhetorical Strategies for Persuasion in Legal Trial”

“When the Whites Stopped Seeing Us As Indians”: Cultural Rhetoric, Digital Storytelling, and a Renewal of Identity Building in a Native New English Counterpublic
Diane Deerheart Raymond, Bay Path College
John Jarvis, Bay Path College
Stephanie Zeiser, Bay Path College

Textual Negotiations: Constructing Natives and Other Stories (Not) Told in School
Danielle M. De La Mare, Metropolitan State College of Denver, “Negotiating Beyond Instructional Prescriptions: Socially Just and Creative Pedagogies for Montana’s Indian Education for All”
Kristin Searle, University of Pennsylvania, “Stories (Not) Told in School? Exploring the Limits and Possibilities of a Multimodal Composition Course”
Sundy Watanabe, University of Utah, “Sharing the Hard Things: Textual Negotiations for Intercultural Dialogue and Survivance”

The Rhetoric of Safety and Sufficiency: Nursing and Medical Students in Critical Classrooms
Angela Bilia, University of Akron, “Confronting the Literacy of Sufficiency: Enacting Critical Pedagogy in a Pre-Nursing Learning Community”
Jennie Giaconia, University of Akron, “Culture of Safety, Rhetoric of Risk”
William H. Thelin, University of Akron, “Honors Students as Future Doctors: Conflicting Rhetorics of Mobility, Pride, Race, and Doubt”

Words Across Cultures: Barriers and Bridges
Chair: Alanna Frost, University of Alabama, Huntsville
Blanca Schorcht, University of Northern British Columbia, “Understanding Misunderstanding: Okanagan Narratives, English Words”
Sally E. Said, University of the Incarnate Word, “Between Worlds: Navajo Culture as a bridge from Orality to Literacy”
Anne Bliss, “Tengo Chocleros: Chilean Spanish as Cultural Marker and Rhetorical Force”
Lawrence W. Gross, Montana State University, “The Rhetoric of Anishinaabe Sovereignty: The Struggle for Treaty Rights as Documented in Jim Northrup’s Newspaper Column ‘The Fond du Lac Follies’”

Border Securities and Insecurities
Chair: Ross Tangedal, Montana State University
Jay Jordan and Kyle Jeffreys, University of Utah, “Promises and Limits of Teaching ‘Writing for International Audiences”
Rhonda Schuller, University College of the Fraser Valley, “Efficiency in English: Agency and identity in Home Literacy Practices”
Jennifer Clary-Lemon, University of Winnipeg, “The Work of Oral History: Examining the Discursive Construction of Immigrant and National Culture”

Sustainability and Rural Literacies
Chair: Cassi Miller, Montana State University
Christopher Keller, University of Texas Pan-American “Composition in the Borderlands: Race, Rural Literacies, and Contesting the ‘Premonition of Doom’”
Antonia Massa-Macleod, University of Wisconsin, “Honing”: Cross-Cultural Rhetorics in an Agricultural Community
Kim Donehower, University of North Dakota, “Literacy as a Resource for Rural Sustainability”
Peter Goggin, Arizona State University, “Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship Across Island Cultures”


Parking and Lodging

Parking information:

Lodging (ask for conference rates):
        (closest to campus at 2 miles)
        (has airport shuttle)

Both hotels will have nearby access to a local bus to campus free of
charge, though the ride from the Hilton will take a bit longer.

There are some local taxi options from the airport but it will be
best to call ahead. The ones from Bozeman and Belgrade are your best

For more information about the conference contact:
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