Category Archives: Writing & Rhetoric

[CLOSED] Halloween Writing Contest

10/25/2018 Update: Our contest is closed! Winners will be notified by email before  midnight 10/26. We will also be doing a reading (with permission from winners) on Wednesday, 10/31 (Halloween!) during campus lifetime in Humanities 2030. It’s October, so that … Continue reading

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Professional Skills: Speaking

by Steven Dube (Part one in a series of articles on developing professional skills in the writing classroom.) Initial Fears Jerry Seinfeld has a bit about public speaking in which he references “a study that said speaking in front of … Continue reading

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Beyond the Word

by Joe Labriola I recently sat down with Stony Brook University’s Undergraduate Student President, Ayyan Zubair – before his speech to the campus community about the recent ending of DACA – to discuss the role of writing, rhetoric, and effective … Continue reading

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Summer Happenings with PWR: Pre-College Institute

by Program in Writing and Rhetoric Faculty      With summer in full steam, so is Stony Brook’s PWR! In addition to offering many inter-semester courses, Stony Brook’s Writing and Rhetoric faculty are involved in a wide range of further … Continue reading

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Experiments In Transfer

by Steven Dube “I want my students to internalize the idea that they are not writing isolated essays in a writing class, but that they’re writers thinking through their choices, no matter what the context is.” 1. One common difficulty … Continue reading

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Memes as Global Communication

by Cynthia Davidson While many of our students and faculty are well-traveled to the point of being cosmopolitan, prodigies of negotiating cultures physically, intellectually, and emotionally, traveling physically is not a condition of being a global communicator in the digital … Continue reading

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“The Island of Jiji” by Shyam Sharma

Join Shyam Sharma as he takes us on a riveting journey through the Ocean of Cross-Cultural Perspectives to the Island of Jiji! The first semester of my teaching in the United States, about a decade ago in Kentucky, one student … Continue reading

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Advanced(A) Placement(P) City

Joe Labriola, or Prof Labs, as his students call him, is a writer, editor, professor, etc. living the dream of insomniac nights chugging caffeine, grading papers, and writing fantasy/sci-fi/contemporary fiction novels. He writes both prose and poetry, and, sometimes, actually does semi-lucrative work like copy-editing. Continue reading

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Visual Rhetoric, Visual Argument: Reading Images Responsibly by Rita S. Nezami

  “Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak.” – John Berger, Ways of Seeing   The power of visual rhetoric is monumental. An image can often have a greater impact on an audience than … Continue reading

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The Meta-Game: Focusing on Skills in the Writing Classroom

Katherine Miscavige There was a discussion earlier this semester on the Composition and Rhetoric listserv about the transferability of the skills we teach in the writing classroom.  To a certain extent, we are valued for and tasked with teaching students … Continue reading

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