• Suzanne Herrera Li Puma named as ACLS Leading Edge Fellow!


    Please join us in congratulating Rhetoric PhD, Suzanne Herrera Li Puma, on receiving an ACLS Leading Edge Fellowship! The Leading Edge Fellowship program aims to demonstrate the potential of people with advanced degrees in the humanities and humanistic social sciences to solve problems outside the academy. In the first two cycles of the fellowship program, recent PhDs in the humanities will help communities respond to… read more

  • Save the Date – 2021 Commencement Ceremony


    Save the Date! The Rhetoric Department Commencement Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 2PM. This will be a virtual ceremony. More info to follow.  read more

  • Spring 2021 New Course: Junior Proseminar


    Rhetoric 198: Supervised Group Study: 1-unit Junior Proseminar This 1-unit biweekly workshop provides third-year students with a forum to discuss approaches and topics for an Honors Thesis or other sustained research projects. During the semester, students will be introduced to strategies for advanced academic research and writing, and to important resources available through the department and the university. The class culminates in a provisional project… read more

  • Upcoming Online Event: Rhetoric alumni Larry S. McGrath


    On November 12 from 5-6pm former UC Berkeley student and Rhetoric department alumni Larry S. McGrath will be giving a Zoom talk about his professional experience after graduation as well as any advice he has on how a Rhetoric degree can aid you in your pursuit of professional life.  After many years in academia, including a PhD in Intellectual History 2014, Larry’s interests shifted and… read more

  • 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