Events

Archive 2008 Spring

Laura Wilder (SUNY Albany), "Integrating Research on Rhetorical Conventions into Writing in the Disciplines Instruction: Students' Views on Making the Rhetorical Practices of Literary Scholars Explicit in 'Writing about Literature'"

Debbie Rowe (LL&C), "Survey Findings on the Read Aloud Practice of Writers"

Lee Odell (LL&C), "Integrating Visual and Verbal Literacy"

The colloquium will be available online via a live video feed.



Laura Wilder is an assistant professor of English at the University at Albany, SUNY. Her articles have appeared in Written Communication and Rhetoric Review.

She will present research drawn from her current book project which examines the rhetorical practices of literary studies as a disciplinary discourse community. Portions of this research have been Event Details
Kendall Phillips (Syracuse University)

The colloquium will be available online via a live video feed.

There will be an informal "Public Memory Gathering" following the colloquium session at 1:45 pm, also in Sage 2202.


Kendall Phillips is Associate Professor and Chair at the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University.

Dr. Phillips' research and teaching interests are in contemporary rhetorical theory and criticism. His work engages broad theoretical questions of advocacy, controversy, dissent, and public memory. He explores these concepts through a variety of rhetorical artifacts including comic books, film, political speeches, and scientific controversies. Dr. Phillips is the author of Testing Controversies: A Rhetoric of Educational Reform, Projected Fears: HEvent Details
The McKinney Contest is Rensselaer's writing competition for undergraduate and graduate students. All enrolled students are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities that competition affords.

Entries will be accepted in undergraduate and graduate divisions in each of the following categories:

- Fiction or Drama
- Poetry
- Essays
- Electronic Media

The deadline for receipt of entries is 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 18, 2008.

Visit the McKinney website (listed below) for an entry form and submission details.Event Details
Nathan Freier (LL&C) and Selma Sabanovic (STS) will be discussing a number of areas within the field of human-robot interaction (HRI) that stir debate and pose social and moral challenges to designers and researchers.

The topics covered will include (1) the role of culture in human-robot interaction, (2) children's development in the context of interactions with robotic technologies, (3) social robots as assistive technologies for vulnerable populations, and (4) robots in the military.

We hope this talk will communicate some of the key social challenges faced in the field of HRI and promote thoughts about the social responsibility of designers and researchers.

The colloquium will be available online via a live video feed.Event Details
Annual McKinney Contest -- Russell Banks, Guest Speaker
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Darrin Communications Center (DCC 308)

Russell Banks, the speaker for this year's McKinney ceremony, will present prizes to McKinney winners, read from his work, and respond to questions beginning at 8 p.m. on April 16, 2008, in Darrin Communications Center (DCC 308). After the ceremony, he will sign books.

The McKinney Contest is Rensselaer's writing competition for undergraduate and graduate students. For more information about the contest and for directions to the event, please visit the website listed below.


Russell Banks has won numerous awards for his work, among them, the American Book Award, the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award, the Ingram Merrill Award, and the John Dos Passos Award. He has twice been a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and Pen/Faulkner Award. His novels Affliction and The Sweet Hereafter were adapted into major motion pictures, the latter winning the Grand Prix and the InternatEvent Details
Philip Marriott (Visiting Professor, LL&C)

The colloquium will be available online via a live video feed.


Philip Marriott is a Lecturer in Media Arts with the School of Communication, University of South Australia.

He is interested in many areas of new media including video/music/audio production, web technologies, online collaboration, and community engagement. He teaches a number of courses in Machinima production to computer science, arts, and film students in Australia.

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