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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.    read more


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!     read more


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,"     read more


Natalia Reyes, B.A. Rhetoric, Class of 2016, Wins 2018 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Natalia Reyes wins a 2018 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, a graduate school fellowship for outstanding immigrants and children of immigrants in the United States, to support an MFA in English at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. At UC Berkeley, Natalia earned a BA in rhetoric with a concentration in public discourse and a minor in creative writing. Motivated by her belief in a more just world, Natalia became a Communications Fellow with the Haas Institute for a Fair and …    read more


Summer 2018 Featured Course - Rhetoric 2: Confronting Arguments

Back by popular demand, the Rhetoric Department's dynamic public speaking course is open for Summer 2018 enrollment! In Rhetoric 2: Confronting Arguments, students explore how everyday interactions -- from small talk at the grocery store to televised political debate -- are opportunities to persuade (or be persuaded), and they'll practice techniques for speaking up when it really matters. This unique, interactive class is a fun way for students to prepare for personal, political, and …    read more


Rhetoric PhD Alum - Annie Hill Accepts Faculty Position with Dept of Rhetoric & Writing at University of Texas at Austin

Congatulations to Annie Hill,  former Rhetoric PhD graduate joins the faculty of the Department of Rhetoric & Writing at the University of Texas at Austin in Fall of 2018         read more