• Read an interview with Professor David Bates


    Read an interview with Professor David Bates in the French publication, Usbek & Rica. During his recent visit to Paris, historian David Bates spoke with Uskbek & Rica, for whom the way we design our machines structurally prevents us from thinking about the future. See excerpt below. Read the full interview here: "One can imagine machines designed to open up problems rather than solve them"… read more

  • Read “Whose Homer Is It Anyway?” by Professor James I. Porter


    The earliest known image of Homer comes to us in the form of a Roman imperial copy of a head, now in Munich, that once belonged to a standing life-size statue dedicated at the Temple of Zeus Olympia in 460 bc. Later examples of original portraiture, each engendering families of sibling copies, run from the High Classical period (430 bc) to the Hellenistic and Roman periods and then on into later antiquity. As we know from ancient travelers and other writers, considerably more visual representations of Homer once existed in sundry media, sizes, and poses, but these were lost over time. In most of the surviving images, Homer is shown as old and blind, listening quietly within to whatever divine voice moves him. In some he is sighted and, not infrequently, shown silently reading. His hair can be either elegantly coiffed or disheveled, sometimes with a bald forehead, but not in every case. The disparity is considerable. At a minimum, the variances serve as a confession of ignorance, which in turn reminds us that the mystery of Homer was as great and as insoluble in antiquity as it is today. read more

  • Read “Networks of Belief” edited by William Morgan and Kyra Sutton


    This special issue of qui parle, titled “Networks of Belief,” presents an interdisciplinary conversation between and across new media studies, political theology, religion and secularism studies, literary criticism, philosophy, ecocriticism, and critical race theory via the figure of the network and the ever-contentious frame of belief. Each piece traces an archive, whether historical or speculative, and asks after the enmeshment of the issue's titular concepts… read more

  • Read Linda Kinstler’s essay in the New York Times


    Read Linda Kinstler's essay here. It is an exploration of the relationship between spirituality and technology, between the digital and the divine. It's the product of over a year of reporting and dozens of conversations with religious leaders, programmers, and believers of all faiths about how our devices are indeterminately altering our interior lives. Help us congratulate Linda on this amazing essay! read more

  • Welcome Kelly Nguyen! University of California Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in Rhetoric


    Kelly Nguyen is currently a University of California Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Rhetoric at the University of California - Berkeley. She graduated with honors and highest distinction from Stanford University in 2012 with a B.A. in Classics and Archaeology and became the first woman to receive a Ph.D. from the Ancient History program in the Department of Classics at Brown University in… read more

  • Bruno Anaya Ortiz is a 2021-2022 BELS Graduate Fellow!


    Join us in congratulating PhD student, Bruno Anaya Ortiz, for becoming a Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies (BELS) Fellow for 2021-2022! Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies (BELS) is characterized by a rich interdisciplinary approach that seeks to ground empirical analysis in sociolegal theory and embrace a broad range of methods, both quantitative and qualitative. CSLS is currently hosting 11 BELS Fellows representing a variety of disciplines including… read more

  • Congratulations to the Classes of 2020 and 2021!


    We celebrated the classes of 2020 and 2021 on Wednesday, May 17, 2021. Thank you all for joining us for this special and unique commencement ceremony! Click here for the Rhetoric Commencement Ceremony Program. read more

  • Congratulations to Rhetoric Grads, pê and Spencer, for receiving the Extraordinary Teaching in Extraordinary Times Award!


    pê Alves De Magalhaes Feijó and Spencer Adams recently received the Extraordinary Teaching in Extraordinary Times Award! Congratulations to them on this achievement, which demonstrates their commitment to students and to excellence in teaching, even in extraordinarily difficult circumstances. The Committee on Teaching received almost 500 nominations for this award, signifying how the UC Berkeley campus community embraced the instructional challenges posed by the COVID-19… read more

  • 2020 and 2021 Rhetoric Commencement


    Wednesday, May 19, 2021 2pm, PST Keynote Speaker: Laura Wasser (Rhetoric, 1991) We will be celebrating virtually with all of the graduates from 2020 and 2021 on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 2PM, PST. Register for the Zoom webinar here: Commencement Ceremony for the Department of Rhetoric Class of 2020 and 2021. The Commencement Ceremony will also be streaming on YouTube Live.   2020 and 2021… read more

  • CalDay 2021


    Welcome to Prospective Students!  The Rhetoric department welcomes all prospective students as they consider their own educational path. Click on the video below to learn more from current students about what it means to study Rhetoric at UC Berkeley! read more