• Save the Date! The Rhetoric Department Commencement


    Save the Date! The Rhetoric Commencement Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, May 16 at 2pm. The ceremony will be in Zellerbach Auditorium. More details to come! read more

  • Carol Clover Legacy Project


    In order to preserve the history and accomplishments of its distinguished faculty, the University of California Berkeley Emeriti Association (UCBEA) has begun making video recordings of interviews with individual emeriti. This video-making project, called the Legacy Project, aims to capture the history and experiences of UC Berkeley emeriti/ae, providing a record of contributions, accomplishments, challenges, met and unmet expectations, campus changes and the like during… read more

  • Linda Kinstler reports on Ukraine’s Reconstruction for The NYT Magazine


    Linda Kinstler went back to Ukraine in late September to report on the architects and urban planners who are hard at work re-envisioning the physical contours of Ukraine’s liberated future, even as continued military attacks and rolling blackouts threaten their ability to work. The city of Irpin, which was 70% destroyed during the Russian invasion, held off an attack on Kyiv and has become a… read more

  • Spring 2023 Grad Course: Teaching Writing: History, Theory and Practice


    240G 004 | CCN: 33130 Teaching Writing: History, Theory and Practice Nathan S Atkinson Dwinelle 7415 Wednesdays, 3-6pm This seminar introduces students to theory, history, and practice of composition pedagogy at the university. Students explore and examine approaches to the teaching of writing to form critical perspectives on the theory and practice of writing instruction, place those perspectives in historical and intellectual context, and develop… read more

  • Linda Kinstler’s new book: “Come to This Court and Cry”


    Rhetoric PhD student, Linda Kinstler, published Come to This Court and Cry: How the Holocaust Ends in 2022. 'A tremendous feat of storytelling, propelled by numerous twists and revelations, yet anchored by a deep moral seriousness . . . Enthralling' Guardian 'Part detective story, part family history, part probing inquiry into how best to reckon with the horrors of a previous century, Come to This… read more

  • Rhetoric 103A: In(ter)vention and the Rhetorical Tradition


    In(ter)vention and the Rhetorical Tradition Rhetoric 103A explores what is called rhetorical tradition from its Western historical origins in Greece and Rome. The rhetorical tradition refers to the multiple and divergent ways that people throughout time have thought about the effects of language, both in theory and practice. Rhetorical study and practice today continues the tradition’s interest in varied, artful acts of invention and intervention… read more

  • Revised Rhetoric minor


    The requirements for the Rhetoric minor have recently been revised. The Rhetoric minor now consists of 5 courses in total: 1 lower division course from any of Rhetoric 10 (Introduction to Practical Reasoning and Critical Analysis of Argument), Rhetoric 20 (Rhetorical Interpretation), Rhetoric 30 (Theory and Practice of Public Speech), Rhetoric 50 (Big Words in Law), or Rhetoric 60 (Big Words in Politics) 1 upper division course from either Rhetoric 103A… read more

  • Maisie Wiltshire-Gordon selected as 2022-2023 Emerging Critic Fellow!


    Rhetoric graduate student Maisie Wiltshire-Gordon has been selected as a 2022-2023 Emerging Critic Fellow through the National Book Critics Circle. The Emerging Critics Fellowship, launched by Elizabeth Taylor in 2017, seeks to identify, nurture, and support the development of the next generation of book critics. Critics of all ages who seek to review and write about books for print and digital outlets are eligible for… read more

  • Congratulations to the Rhetoric Graduate Students on their many accomplishments!


    As we take stock of the year just completed, let's please take a moment to celebrate these recent career achievements by graduate students in Rhetoric: Megan Alvarado Saggese and Ryan Rhadigan each have an appointment as Assistant Professor of Native American and Indigenous Studies at Ft Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Joel Auerbach, Nicholas Byers, and Robin Manley each hold the Daniel E. Koshland Jr Fellowship in the Art of Teaching Writing for Art of… read more

  • Read an interview with Rhetoric professor, Trinh T. Minh-ha, on Berkeley News


    Filmmaker Trinh T. Minh-ha on the beauty of receiving the world By Anne Brice, Berkeley News May 31, 2022 For Trinh T. Minh-ha, learning isn’t about accumulating knowledge. “This has been something that my students very much appreciate,” said Trinh, a longtime UC Berkeley professor of gender and women’s studies and of rhetoric who retired in 2020. “But also, I have had students who agonized… read more