• Upcoming Online Event: Susan Buck-Morss on October 29


    Date: 10/29/2020 Time: 5PM-7PM   The book YEAR 1 (MIT Press, forthcoming 2021) is a project in the reconfiguration of knowledge. The focus is on the first century that starts the numerical count down to the present. All of the schemata of modernity – time, space, concepts and categories (as in Kant’s First Critique) – are put to the test of comprehending this alleged beginning,… read more

  • Undergraduates: Join the Rhetoric Society!


    The Rhetoric Society at Berkeley is an academic club with a mission to create an open environment for discussion through a rhetorical lens. Our 2020-21 Rhetoric Society leaders are Savon Bardell, Max Garber, Helena Park, and Keaton Whittaker. All undergraduates in Rhetoric are encouraged to join our virtual meetings, events, and study sessions this semester. To join and to receive news about upcoming events, please fill… read more

  • Pandemic Diaries


    Recent additions to the Pandemic Diaries by Rhetoric graduate and undergraduate students. "Sarcodes," a SF short story by Eva Hannan '22  "Sonnets" by Chester-Jehu Aravalo '21 "Thoughts towards a New Home," by Devin Choudhury The Art of Writing's Pandemic Diaries are edited by Linda Kinstler read more

  • Trinh Minh-ha retirement


    It is with mixed feelings that the Rhetoric Department congratulates Trinh Minh-ha on her retirement commencing July 1, 2020.  Minh-ha joined Berkeley as a professor in 1994 but served as Chancellor’s Distinguished Professor in 1992.  She was an active member of the Departments of Rhetoric and Gender and Women’s Studies at the time of her retirement and also taught in the Program in Film Studies… read more

  • Felipe R. Gutterriez


    With great sadness, the Department of Rhetoric mourns the passing of Felipe R. Gutterriez, a beloved colleague and teacher. For many decades a model of intellectual generosity and rhetorical engagement, Felipe continues to serve as an inspiration to his students and peers. He came to Rhetoric at Berkeley as a graduate student in 1987. As a student then teacher in the Department until his retirement… read more

  • Fumi Okiji joins Rhetoric


    The Rhetoric Department welcomes Fumi Okiji to the faculty. Prof. Okiji received her Ph.D. in critical theory from Royal Holloway College, University of London. Prof. Okiji was a performing jazz vocalist based in London, a Black Arts Postdoctoral Fellow in Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University, and formerly assistant professor in the Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at University of Massachusetts,… read more



    We support without qualification the movement for Black lives and the recent global protests over systemic inequities and state-sponsored terrorism by police and other para-military forces. This systematic racism has led to the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, themselves the latest instances of such state-sponsored killings of black people over the last four hundred years. We condemn these acts and… read more

  • Rhetoric-in-Action Award 2020 Recipient Jessele Perez


    Every year, the Rhetoric Department presents an award to a graduating Rhetoric major who has demonstrated academic excellence and has been actively involved in either community service, art practice and performance or professional work outside the academy and department. This year's extraordinary events have shown the extent to which meaningful and transformative action also takes place in the private sphere, which has been reconfigured under… read more

  • Rhetoric Thesis Award 2020 Recipient Seán McGovern


    The Rhetoric Department proudly names Seán McGovern recipient of its 2020 Thesis Award. Seán's Honor's Thesis, "The Invisible Wound: Toward a Neuropathology of Everyday Life," is an exceptional work of  scholarship. It was supervised by Prof. David Bates. Seán is graduating in 2020 with a double major in Rhetoric and Molecular & Cell Biology, and is a member of the Berkeley Chamber Orchestra and the… read more

  • 2020 Rhetoric Department Citation Awarded to Mateo Montoya


    The 2020 Rhetoric Department Citation is awarded to graduating senior Mateo Montoya. Mateo Montoya is graduating with honor's in Rhetoric with a minor in History. His honor's thesis, "The French State in Public View: Jacques Necker's Compte rendu au roi (1781) and its Legacy," is a study of state transparency and its effect on empowering citizens. A native of Eureka, CA, at Berkeley, Mateo served as a caseworker… read more