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Rosa Eberly is co-author of the first review essay on Sound Studies in
interdisciplinary rhetorical studies, "Auscultating Again: Rhetoric and Sound
Studies," in the current Rhetoric Society Quarterly. Along with Joshua Gunn,
Greg Goodale, and Mirko M. Hall, Eberly collaboratively composed the article
based on work by her co-authors and discussions at a 2013 workshop at The
Rhetoric Society of America Institute. The institute was organized and hosted
by PSU Alumnus David Tell, Associate Professor of Communication at The
University of Kansas and Eberly's doctoral advisee.
Rosa Eberly, Associate Professor, and Brad Serber, PhD Candidate, published an
article titled "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of..." in the most recent issue
of the Journal of General Education. The article focuses on rhetoric courses
about school shootings taught at Penn State by Eberly and Serber and at The
University of Texas at Austin by Eberly. Both courses investigate causal
connections rhetoric and violence and encourage students to deliberate together
connections between the quality of our rhetorics and the quality of our shared
Alt had worked with multiple faculty to develop a paper titled, "Examining Kairos: The Significance of Relativism in Democratic Deliberation." She is now a graduate student in communication at the University of Maryland.
Kirt Wilson joined several scholars of history and constitutional law to discuss the Gettysburg Address at Vanderbilt University's First Amendment Center on Nov. 19th. Video of the talk can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-MG5h9HNDg
CAS professor and Center for Democratic Deliberation (CDD) director J. Michael Hogan is the lead author of this year’s winner of the Textbook of Distinction Award from the National Communication Association. The award-winning book, Public Speaking and Civic Engagement (3rd ed.) is co-authored by Patricia Hayes Andrews and James R. Andrews of Indiana University and Glen Williams of Southeast Missouri State University. The book reflects the ethical and deliberative emphases of the CDD’s civic education programs, treating effective public speaking as an integral part of engaged citizenship in a democracy.
PSU professor Zoltan Jerry Zolten shows how Paramount label gave African American performers a national reach
Read the full article online at PSU News.
Symposium on deliberative innovation edited by CAS professor John Gastil and doctoral student Robert Richards
The symposiums essays include an introduction written by Gastil and Richards, then a series of five essays by graduate students who participated in a summer honors seminar Gastil taught at Wayne State University in 2012. The symposium essays are listed and linked below:
New Ideas on Public Deliberation from Young Scholars. Introduction: Innovations in Deliberative Electoral Designs John Gastil and Robert C. Richards Jr
Teaching, Practicing, and Performing Deliberative Democracy in the Classroom Hayley J. Cole
Plebiscite Deliberations: Self-Determination & Deliberative Democracy in Guam Tiara R. Na'puti and Allison H. Hahn
Deliberative Television: Encouraging Substantive, Citizen-Driven News Ashley Muddiman and Matthew R. Meier
The People’s Lobby: A Model for Online Activist Deliberation Jeffrey C. Swift
Local Art, Local Action: A Proposal for Deliberating on and about Main Street Anna M. Wiederhold
The first paper is an experimental test of Smith's model of stigma communication (MSC). The MSC explains why presenting particular combinations of content in health alerts creates stigmas, encourages people to spread stigmas to others, and induces support for regulating infected peoples' lives, including removing and isolating infected persons, forcing treatment, and generating a publicly accessible map of infected persons. In this experiment, Dr. Smith brings an interpersonal perspective to what is often cast as an intergroup phenomenon. The results show support for the MSC. Predicted content, message reactions (emotional and cognitive), and disgust sensitivity accounted for participants' intentions to regulate the infected acquaintance's interactions and lifestyle ( R 2 = .79) and their likelihood of telling others about the acquaintance's infection ( R 2 = .35). This study shows MSC's theoretical potential and practical utility for interpersonal aspects of stigmatization.
The second paper is co-authored with David Hughes, assistant professor of entomology and biology. The essay addresses the question: are there good stigmas? Put differently, is there some useful function stigmas serve in the context of our evolutionary history; is stigma adaptive? The authors discuss stigma as a group-selection strategy and the human context in which stigmas likely appeared. They also explore how human patterns have changed in modern society and the consequences for infectious disease (ID) stigmas in the modern age. Finally they argue that while social-living species may be particularly apt to create and communicate ID stigmas and enact ID-related stigmatization, such stigma-related processes no longer function to protect human communities. Stigmas do not increase the ability of modern societies to survive infectious diseases, but in fact may be important drivers of problematic disease dynamics and act as catalysts for failures in protecting public health.
Drs. Smith and Hughes are members of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, and faculty in the Coursera course, Epidemics – the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases . The course opens October 15.
Associate Professor Erina MacGeorge will join the CAS faculty in the fall of 2014. MacGeorge earned her Ph.D. in 1999 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on communication and coping, including published studies on advice, comforting, and prayer, and current work examining supportive communication in the context of several health issues (miscarriage, breast cancer, and bipolar disorder).
The department is continuing to review applications to consider an additional hire in interpersonal and family communication. For the full job posting, click here.
One of the readers offered this comment about an upper-division course Dr. Eberly teaches:
“Lots of professors encourage discussion in their classes, but Dr. Eberly went a step further. She, like many great scholars, believes truth comes from debate and discussion. Her classes taught me how to form an argument in a way I never thought possible. She taught me how to think outside the box and read the subtext in everything to find its true meaning. Taking courses with her was difficult, and I don’t think I ever got anything higher than a B, but I still enjoyed coming every day to class and discussing with my classmates the material at hand and what its larger meaning was.”
The full story is available online at Onward State.
The full text of the article is available at the PSU news site. Click here to read it. Here's a choice quote from Lynn Mack-Costello:
“As a graduate of and a current instructor in the department, I recognize the outstanding value of its degree and the very practical application and benefits the departmental courses offer for all Penn State students. I am passionate about informed civic engagement, and we feel our gift will enhance the department’s abilities to respond to ongoing and changing needs of faculty and students and to sustain innovative initiatives such as the Penn State Democracy Institute and the Center for Democratic Deliberation. After informative discussions with the Office of Gift Planning, Joe and I believe that life insurance offers an effective vehicle to significantly leverage our gift into a much larger commitment for the future."
The film is Saturday, Oct. 19, at 3:30pm at the State Theater at 130 W College Ave. Admission is free. "Girl Rising" spotlights unforgettable girls like Sokha, an orphan who rises from the dumps of Cambodia to become a star student and an accomplished dancer; Suma, who composes music to help her endure forced servitude in Nepal and today crusades to free others; and Ruksana, an Indian “pavement-dweller” whose father sacrifices his own basic needs for his daughter’s dreams. Each girl is paired with a renowned writer from her native country. Edwidge Danticat, Sooni Taraporevala Aminatta Forna and others tell the girls’ stories, each in it’s style, and all with profound resonance. These girls are each unique, but the obstacles they faced are ubiquitous. Like the 66 million girls around the world who dream of going to school, what Sokha, Suma, Ruksana and the rest want most is to be students: to learn. And now, by sharing their personal journeys, they have become teachers.
Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchette, Selena Gomez and other A-list actors contribute voice performances to the film, which features original music from Academy Award winner Rachel Portman, in collaboration with Hans Zimmer.
View the trailer online at http://thestatetheatre.org/girl-rising/
We have a very special CAS event coming up on Thursday, September 26. At 7pm on Sept. 26, the Penn State women’s soccer team will each host a "Mack Brady Game." The event honors the memory of John William McKenzie “Mack” Brady, who died unexpectedly from a blood infection in 2012, just shy of his 9th birthday. Mack had an aspiration to become a goalkeeper, and the Mack Brady Fund provides a scholarship in that spirit (http://www.mackbrady.com).
Many CAS faculty and grads will join our faculty colleague Elizabeth Brady and her husband Christian Brady, dean of the Honors College, at this event. Admission to the soccer game is free, and it starts at 7pm. T-shirts will be on sale at the game as a fundraiser, but what's most important is the opportunity to show support for our colleague by way of our attendance.
The location of the soccer game is Jeffrey Field, which is on campus near the intersection of Park & University (http://www.gopsusports.com/facilities/jeffrey-field.html).There's a "no bag" policy in effect at Jeffrey Field, which allows only a one-gallon plastic bag, child care needs, a cushion/blanket, and what fits in one's pockets to be brought into the facility. Thus, purses and backpacks are no-go (http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/psu/sports/w-soccer/auto_pdf/2013-14/misc_non_event/Penn_State_NBP.pdf).
MEETING TIME: NOON UNTIL 1:10 ON WEDNESDAYS
MEETING PLACE: ROOM 101, CARNEGIE BUILDING [note room change, so that food/drink can be brought into the meeting—so feel free to bring your lunch]
Contact: Roxanne Parrott, firstname.lastname@example.org
SEPTEMBER 4: INTRODUCTIONS ALL AROUND AND OVERVIEW OF THE YEAR; BRIEF SURVEY
SEPTEMBER 11: WORKING WITH FOUNDATIONS [SMITH & PARROTT; READING ON ANGEL]
SEPTEMBER 18: HEALTH COMMUNICATION RESEARCH UNPLUGGED [WHAT PSU SCHOLAR SHYAM SUNDAR IS UP TO; Eun Go will make a presentation regarding Sundar’s NIH grant proposal investigating the role of Facebook in intergenerational communication; READING ON ANGEL]
SEPTEMBER 25: EDITING A HEALTH COMMUNICATION BOOK [NUSSBAUM]; READING ON ANGEL]
OCTOBER 2: HEALTH COMMUNICATION RESEARCH UNPLUGGED [A WORKING SESSION WITH PSU SCHOLARS SMITH & PARROTT ON NIH PROPOSAL; READING ON ANGEL]
OCTOBER 9: HEALTH POLICY & HEALTH COMMUNICATION [HILLEMEIER; READING ON ANGEL]
OCTOBER 16: WORKING WITH SCHOOLS [MICHAEL HECHT; READING ON ANGEL]
OCTOBER 23: COLLABORATING WITH HOSPITALS [MADHU REDDY; READING ON ANGEL]
OCTOBER 30: HEALTH COMMUNICATION RESEARCH UNPLUGGED [WHAT BB MEMBERS HAVE BEEN UP TO THIS SEMESTER; READINGS ON ANGEL]
NOVEMBER 6: OPEN for members
NOVEMBER 13: WORKING WITH FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS [PARROTT; READING ON ANGEL]
NOVEMBER 20: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE NATIONAL COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION’S HEALTH COMMUNICATION DIVISION: D.C.’S AGENDA AND ROSTER
DECEMBER 4: SUMMARIZING, LOOKING AHEAD AND PLANNING FOR NEXT SEMESTER
CAS now accepting applications for a new tenure-line faculty position at assistant or associate level
Assistant/Associate Professor in Communication Arts & Sciences
The Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University seeks a tenure-track assistant or associate professor whose research and teaching are in interpersonal or family communication, broadly construed. We are particularly interested in those candidates who have a demonstrated interest in empirical theory building with expertise in quantitative methods.
Candidates should provide clear evidence of scholarly and teaching excellence. In addition to conducting research and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, duties include course development in the area of specialty, supervision of theses and dissertations, and involvement in other departmental activities. Additional considerations in reviewing candidates include experience with grant-based research, interest in trans-disciplinary research, and an appreciation of working alongside diverse colleagues in both the social sciences and humanities.
Applications must be submitted electronically at www.la.psu.edu/facultysearch. Include a letter of application describing research, teaching, and any graduate mentoring experience, along with a CV, representative publications, and evidence of teaching excellence. Applicants should also identify three or more references, who may be contacted to provide letters of recommendation. Applications received on or before October 11, 2013 will be guaranteed full review. The start date for the position is August, 2014. Inquiries may be directed to Professor Denise Solomon, chair of the search committee, at email@example.com.
We encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and diversity of its workplace.
Eric C. Miller and Craig Rood, both graduate students in Communication Arts and Sciences, have published curriculum units in the NEH- and CDD-sponsored online journal and curriculum resource, Voices of Democracy. Each curriculum unit in VOD explores a notable speech in U.S. history and includes an authenticated text, an interpretive essay, a list of related published and online resources, and teaching and learning materials for classroom use.
Miller’s unit examines Patrick Buchanan’s controversial “Culture Wars” speech, delivered at the Republican National Convention on August 17, 1992.
Rood’s unit analyzes Barack Obama’s commencement address at the University of Notre Dame in 2009, where he sought to deflect controversy over his view on abortion and to urge more civil and respectful public debate.
The latest volume of Voices of Democracy, as well as more information about the project, can be found here.
Abstract - By exploring two perspectives on civility—the invitational and confrontational approaches—this article argues for revising the neoclassical model of rhetoric commonly found in introductory writing and speaking textbooks. This article further claims that a revised conception of civility—here termed “situated civility”— can help rhetors communicate ethically and practically about and across political, cultural, and personal differences.
Full article available online.
The fellowship comes with a $1,000 scholarship through the Institute designed to augment the Humanities Dissertation Release Award that Minbiole received from the Comm Arts & Sciences department for supporting research and related activities. Fellows attend Rock Ethics Institute and provide the Rock with a copy of the dissertation, upon its completion. John will also attend the Rock Ethics Institute Fellows Seminar and present his work at the Graduate Research Exhibition.
For more on the Institute, visit its website.