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  • New Fall 2020 Course: Black Sound

    05/11/2020

      Black Sound: Rhetoric, Performance, Poethics We will traverse a number of fields, including performance, black study, and sound, in our consideration of how blackness manifests in, and provides an analytic through which to explore, voice, music-making, listening, and modern and contemporary soundscapes. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with approaches to study and writing, drawn from sound practices. Prof. Fumi Okiji is the… read more

  • POSTPONED Spring Rhetoric Commencement Ceremony 2020

    04/15/2020

    Due to the COVID - 19 pandemic, the Spring 2020 Rhetoric Department Commencement Ceremony  that was planned to take place Thursday, May 21st in Zellerbach Auditorium has been postponed. More updates to follow.  read more

  • Enroll for “Rhetoric of Contemporary Politics”— Online, Summer Session D

    04/15/2020

    150 | D | CCN: 15207 Instructor: Anooj Kansara M/W/F 1-3:30pm | 4 Units   From conspiracy theories and climate change denial, to ‘fake news’ and targeted disinformation campaigns on social media, controversies about matters of fact animate politics today. Yet debunking and fact-checking alone do not seem adequate to the task. This course explores the idea that ours is a ‘post-truth politics’. Together we… read more

  • Enroll for “Rhetoric of New Media”— Online, Summer Session D

    04/15/2020

    114 | D | CCN: 15203 Instructor: Ryan Ikeda Tu/W/Th 10:00-12:30 | 4 Units   This course explores the effects of digital technology on human expression. Our first approach examines our daily encounters with born-digital artifacts, such as memes, GIFs, tweets, snaps, emoji, and new media works of art. Our second approach investigates hidden, physical infrastructure that make new media possible, for example, the undersea… read more

  • Enroll for “Fundamentals of Public Speaking”— Online, Summer Session D

    04/15/2020

    2 | D | CCN: 12518 Instructor: Michael Dalebout M/W/F 1:00-3:30 | 4 Units   This course is an online workshop in which students cultivate their own speaking style while developing strengths in skillful communication with diverse audiences in a variety of situations through multiple media. During the six-week term, students will engage in activities designed to foster their skills in written self-presentation, online visual… read more

  • UCHRI Medicine & Humanities Awards Kathleen Powers: The Andrew Vincent White and Florence Wales White Graduate Student Scholarship

    02/13/2020

    The dissertation project, “Cybernetic Origins of Life”, is about the influence of vitalist concepts of the organism on post-war American neurology. The project focuses on the experiments and writings of neurologist Warren S. McCulloch (1898-1969) on the vertebrate nervous system to gain an understanding of how life was considered in the philosophy of science immediately before the genetic revolution. By analyzing the experiments that informed the… read more

  • On Kojève and Colonialism

    02/11/2020

    Danilo Scholz, Fulbright Schuman Postdoctoral Fellow (Columbia University) "From Colonialism to Third Worldism? Alexandre Kojève and the Developing Nations (1945-1968)" Wednesday March 4, 5 pm Dwinelle 3335 (Level C)   Sponsored by the Rhetoric Department With generous support from the Critical Theory Program, the German Department, and Der Kreis: German History Working Group (DAAD) read more

  • New Book by Katherine Chandler (Rhetoric PhD 2014)

    02/10/2020

    Unmanning How Humans, Machines and Media Perform Drone Warfare (Rutgers University Press, 2020) by Katherine Fehr Chandler Assistant Professor, School of Foreign Policy Georgetown University, Washington D.C. Unmanning studies the conditions that create unmanned platforms in the United States through a genealogy of experimental, pilotless planes flown between 1936 and 1992. Characteristics often attributed to the drone—including machine-like control, enmity and remoteness—are achieved by displacements… read more

  • Summer Session 2020

    12/19/2019

    Each year the Rhetoric department offers summer courses that introduce any curious mind to the methods and approaches of humanistic inquiry. Explore how thinkers and theorists across the humanities help us to understand some of the most urgent problems of our time.   For information about our Summer Session courses click here: https://rhetoric.berkeley.edu/courses/summer-sessions/ read more

  • POSTPONED Spring Rhetoric Commencement Ceremony 2020

    12/05/2019

    Due to the COVID - 19 pandemic, the Spring 2020 Rhetoric Department Commencement Ceremony  that was planned to take place Thursday, May 21st in Zellerbach Auditorium has been postponed. More updates to follow.  read more