Daniele Lorenzini - The Emergence of Desire: Notes toward a Political History of the Will in Foucault’s “Aveux de la Chair”

5-7 pm on Tuesday October 2nd, 2018 in 3335 Dwinelle In this paper on Foucault’s fourth volume to The History of Sexuality, Les aveux de la chair (Gallimard, 2018), I argue that desire, conceived as a central and permanent dimension of the human subject, is the condition of possibility of the emergence of both the modern experience of sexuality and the mechanisms of power that produced, organized, and exploited it. This condition of possibility, as Foucault points out, was …    read more


TDPS Speaker Series: Professor Shannon Jackson, Sep. 13, 4-5pm

The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies presents the TDPS Speaker Series, Thursday, Sep. 13th, 4-5pm in 44B Dwinelle Hall. Shannon Jackson, TDPS Professor of Rhetoric and Performance Studies, will discuss Civic Re-enactment and Public Re-assembly. Please join us for wine, cheese, and conversation! Shannon will elaborate on these ideas... Re-Enactment has become a ubiquitous 21st century process, one that dynamizes populist ritual as well as artworld experimentation in …    read more


Davide Panagia: On the Political Ontology of the Dispositif

The Rhetoric Fall Colloquium presents: Davide Panagia, Professor of Political Science, UCLA "On the Political Ontology of the Dispositif" With Hans Sluga, William and Trudy Ausfahl Professor of Philosophy, UC Berkeley, as discussant Thursday, September 13th, 2018 5:00-7:00PM in 3335 Dwinelle Abstract: The ambition of this paper is to show the extent to which the turn to the language of dispositif in Foucault’s writings regards an explicit attempt to develop a critical …    read more


Patricia Williams in Conversation with Ramona Naddaff

 Patricia Williams, the James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia University, is a scholar of race, gender, and law. A prolific writer across a variety of genres, she is the author of The Alchemy of Race and Rights, which was named by the Voice Literary Supplement as one of the twenty-five best books of 1991, and by Ms. magazine as one of the “feminist classics of the last twenty years.” Other books include Seeing a Color-Blind Future: The Paradox of Race (1998) and Open …    read more


Rhetoric Faculty Chair Daniel Boyarin Gives Interview on his Forthcoming Book "Judaism: The Genealogy of a Modern Notion"

Daniel Boyarin, Professor of Talmudic Cultures at the University of California, Berkeley, discusses his forthcoming book “Judaism: The Genealogy of a Modern Notions”, in which he argues that Judaism, as a full-blown concept, is a modern creation.


Rhetoric PhD Alum - Paul Nadal Accepts Faculty Position with Dept of English & Program in American Studies at Princeton University

Congratulations to Paul Nadal,  Rhetoric PhD graduate, who will join the faculty at Princeton University as an assistant professor in the Department of English & American Studies Program in summer 2019. Professors Colleen Lye (English, co-chair), Judith Butler (Comparative Literature and Critical Theory, co-chair), Samera Esmeir (Rhetoric), and Steven Lee (English) served as members of his dissertation committee.  Learn …    read more


Rhetoric 152AC student, Nicholas De Léon, receives 2018 Student Research Prize for submission, “On Frederick Douglass, ‘poor whites,’ and the rhetoric of opposites”

Nicholas De Léon, a student in Professor Nadesan Permaul's course, Rhetoric 152AC, was selected as the recipient of the 2018 Student Research Prize from UC Berkeley's American Cultures Center. De Léon received the prize for his submission, "On Frederick Douglass, 'poor whites,' and the rhetoric of opposites." Read more about De Léon's exemplary work and watch his acceptance speech here. Congratulations, Nicholas! 


New Course for Fall 2018! Rhetoric 189A: Science & Public

We are introducing a brand new special topics course for Fall 2018 entitled, "Science & Public," taught by Professor Nasser Zakariya! This course counts toward the Public Discourse concentration for Rhetoric Students.   Special Topics in Rhetoric : Science and Public Rhetoric 189A | CCN: 32905 Instructor: Nasser Zakariya 4 Units T/TH 9:30-11:00am, 222 Wheeler   Science in public takes different shapes. It is defended as universal knowledge essential to …    read more



Rhetoric Undergrad, Nicholas Lawson wins 2018 AC Student Essay Award

 Nicholas Lawson, Rhetoric and Political Science Double Major and Junior Transfer is this year's recipient of the American Cultures Student Prize for his submission  one of his  Rhetoric 152AC essays titled, "Frederick Douglass, 'poor whites,' and the rhetoric of opposites,"