The Big Rhetorical Podcast (TBR) was conceptualized in the spring of 2018 at Illinois State University. This podcast is a digital platform for scholars of rhetoric and composition, as well as other disciplines, to talk about relevant scholarship within the field while engaging in a lively, academic dialogue. The Big Rhetorical Podcast is hosted by Charles Woods.
Episode 148: The Prison House of the Circuit
Keywords: Foucault, surveillance, media genealogy, power, circuits and circuitry. The Prison House of the Circuit presents a history of digital media using circuits and circuitry to understand how power operates in the contemporary era. Through the conceptual vocabulary of the circuit, it offers a provocative model for thinking about governance and media. The authors, writing as a collective, provide a model for collective research and a genealogical framework that interrogates the rise of digital society through the lens of Foucault’s ideas of governance, circulation, and power. The Prison House of the Circuit ultimately demonstrates how contemporary media came to create frictionless circulation to maximize control, efficacy, and state power. Follow @thebigrhet and visit www.thebigrhetoricalpodcast.weebly.com for more information on TBR Podcast.
Episode 147: Dr. Michael Lechuga
Keywords: Indigenous methodologies, anti-colonial rhetorics, migration, cultural studies, settler colonialism. Dr. Michael Lechuga is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication & Journalism at the University of New Mexico. He researches and teaches Rhetoric, Migration, Settler Colonial Studies, and Cultural Studies. He explores how migrants from Mexico and Central America are subjected by the US's austere migration control structures and political attitudes. His current research focuses on the role that technology plays in border security mechanisms, the ways colonial logics map race onto bodies, and the political possibilities for reestablishing our deep cultural connections land. Follow @thebigrhet and visit www.thebigrhetoricalpodcast.weebly.com for more information on TBR Podcast.
Episode 146: Dr. Holly Hassel
Keywords: writing, first-year writing, artificial intelligence, teacher training, Jeopardy. Holly Hassel is director of composition at Michigan Technological University. Her research interests focus on the teaching of college writing, writing assessment, writing program administration, two-year college writing studies, and feminist pedagogy. Her research and scholarship have appeared in many edited colections and peer-reviewed journals including College English, College Composition and Communication, Teaching English in the Two-Year College, the Journal of Writing Assessment, Pedagogy, and others. Her recent book publication is the coauthored A Faculty Guidebook to Effective Shared Governance and Service in Higher Education (Routledge, 2023); and the forthcoming coauthored Reaching All Writers: A Pedagogical Guide to the Evolving Writing Classroom (Utah State UP, 2023). Follow @thebigrhet and visit www.thebigrhetoricalpodcast.weebly.com for more information on TBR Podcast.
Episode 145: Dr. TJ Geiger II
Keywords: deliberative rhetoric, invention, religious rhetorics, archival methods, Texas. Dr. T J Geiger II is an assistant professor of Technical Communication and Rhetoric in the Department of English at Texas Tech University. He is the author of Faithful Deliberation: Rhetorical Invention, Evangelicalism, and #MeToo Reckonings. A feminist scholar of religious rhetorics and deliberative discourse, his recent work has turned to archives and to the history of the rhetoric of science through a study of the life and work of Lula Pace: a science professor at the center of a pre Scopes trial teaching of evolution controversy that roiled early 20th century Texas Baptist life. Follow @thebigrhet and visit www.thebigrhetoricalpodcast.weebly.com for more information on TBR Podcast.
Episode 144: Jennifer Burke Reifman, Loren Torres, and Mik Penarroyo
Keywords: assessment, undergraduate research, intersectionality, student-centered, education. Jennifer Burke Reifman, Loren Torres, and Mike Penarroyo are researchers in the UC Davis Student Assessment Researchers (StARs) program. The Student Assessment Researchers (StARs) program believes that student voices should be included in conversations about assessment of student learning at UC Davis. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to share their experiences, perspectives, and expertise of their academic journey through the Curious Aggies (CA) project. The CA research inquiry is a dynamic and collaborative effort with a strong emphasis on humanizing research through the partnerships created by our student researchers. Follow @thebigrhet and visit www.thebigrhetoricalpodcast.weebly.com for more information on TBR Podcast.
Episode 143: Halley Cotton
Keywords: teaching writing, environmental humanities, poetry, Birmingham, Cahaba River. Halley Cotton is the managing editor of the Birmingham Poetry Review, contributing editor for NELLE, and production manager for both publications. She is the founding director of the SPARK Writing Festival, and her work has appeared in places such as The Greensboro Review, Poetry South, and Smokelong Quarterly, among others. She is the recipient of a 2022 State Council on the Arts Poetry Fellowship. Cotton teaches freshman composition and literature. When she’s not busy kayaking or finding four-leaf clovers, she’s studying folklore and writing/reading poetry. Follow @thebigrhet and visit www.thebigrhetoricalpodcast.weebly.com for more information on TBR Podcast.
I love listening to this podcast regularly. From Charles’ soothing voice to the relevant, current topics under conversation, this podcast is a regular must-listen for those interested in learning from emerging scholars in rhetoric and writing studies.