Theses Defenses

  • Congratulations to Amber Welch, who defended her M.A. thesis on May 7:  “Untouchable Hunger: Framing of Childhood Poverty in India,May 2012-April 2014.”  Leonard Teel advised the project.
  • And congratulations to Cameron Kunzelman, who also defended his M.A. thesis on May 7: “The Nonhuman Lives of Videogames,” advised by Alessandra Raengo.

 Upcoming Presentations at the Rhetoric Society of America

A number of Georgia State University rhetoric-connected faculty and students will be presenting work the weekend of May 22-26 in San Antonio at the Rhetoric Society of America.  RSA holds its main international conference every other May; in May 2016 the conference site will be here in Atlanta, and GSU will be among the local hosts.  As the titles below make obvious, the conference theme has to do with “Border Rhetorics.”  Among those presenting are:

  • Scott Tulloch, “Rearranging Atlanta’s B/orders: From Segregated ‘City Too Busy to Hate’ to World ‘City Without Limits,” Friday, May 23, 9:30-1045, session A6.
  • Emily Kofoed, “The (In)visibility of State-Sponsored Discrimination: Rhetorics of National Identity and Whiteness in Minnesota State Flag History,” Friday, May 23, 9:30-10:45, session A11.
  • Stephen Heidt, “Rehumanizing Rhetoric:  Roosevelt, Truman, and Italy in World War II,” Friday, May 23, 3:45 – 5:00, session E5.
  • Christian Norman, “From Cultist to Candidate: Evangelical Leaders’ Reconstruction of Political Borders to Support Mitt Romney,” Friday, May 23, 3:45 – 5:00, session E6.
  • David Cheshier, “The Formal Features of Globally Cosmopolitan Rhetorics,” Friday, May 23, 3:45 – 5:00, session E7.
  • Lynee Gaillet (GSU Department of English), “Defying Boundaries: The Conduct of Susanna Wesley,” Friday, May 23, 3:45 – 5:00, session E20.
  • Anne Melfi (GSU Department of English), “Lost in Translation?: Re-Viewing the Rhetoric of Truth from a Vedic Perspective,” Saturday, May 24, 8:00 – 9:15, session F25.
  • Milene Ortega, “The ‘Borders’ of Presidential Epideictic Rhetoric,” Saturday, May 24, 11:00 – 12:15, session H1.
  • Evan Johnson, “Conspiracy, Pragmatism and Style: An Analysis of Richard Nixon’s Antecedent Anti-Communist Conspiracy Rhetoric,” Saturday, May 24, 11:00 – 12:15, session H1.
  • Sara Baugh-Harris, “Humanizing the Border: An Examination of the Rhetorical Success, Failure, and Potential of Border Angels,” Saturday, May 24, 11:00 – 12:15, session H5.
  • Matt Donald (GSU Department of English), “Roundtable on Training Border Jumpers:  Rhetoric Graduate Education In/Between English and Communication,” Saturday, May 24,2:15 – 3:30, session J10.
  • Zoe Carney, “Negotiating Ethical Boundaries in Obama’s War Rhetoric,” Sunday, May 25, 8:00 – 9:15, session L10.
  • Zoe Carney and Mary Stuckey, “The World as the American Frontier: Contemporary War Rhetoric and the Indian Wars,” Monday, May 269:30 – 10:45, session Q20.
  • M. Lane Bruner, “Mapping the Political Unconscious: Rhetorical Limits and Fields of the Unspeakable,” Monday, May 26, 9:30 – 10:45, session Q21.
  • Jeffrey Godfrey (GSU Department of English), “Liminal Writing Spaces: Homeless Writers’ Words of Recovery in an Urban Writing Workshop,” Monday, May 26, 11:00 – 12:15, session R7.

Upcoming Presentations at the International Communication Association

The same weekend, others among our colleagues will be in Seattle, presenting research at the May 22-26 International Communication Association.  The ICA conference theme this year is “Communication and ‘the Good Life.’”  GSU affiliated presenters include:

  • Sharon Shahaf, “Global Television Formats: New Agendas for Transnational Television Scholarship,” Sunday, May 25, 1:30-2:45.
  • Holley WilkinMichael Tannebaum, and Joo-Young J. Jung, “Exploring Japanese Media’s Health Coverage in Response to the 2011 Triple Catastrophe,” Friday, May 23, 9:00 – 10:15.
  • Cindy Hoffner and Sangmi Lee, “Mobile Phone Use to Manage Negative and Positive Emotion,” Saturday, May 24,1:30 – 2:45.
  • Jobia Keys, “The New Faces of Leading Characters in Children’s Animated Cartoons,” Friday, May 23, 10:30 – 11:45.
  • Carrie Freeman, “’You Don’t Win Friends With Salad’: Vegetarian Characters at Odds With Television’s Carnonormativity,” Sunday, May 25, 3:00 – 4:15.
  • Yuki Fujioka and Kimberly Neuendorf, “Racial Identity, Media, and Perceived Value Orientations: What Contributed to Endorsement of Mainstream American Values?”  Saturday, May 24, 9:00 – 10:15.

News Interviews / Appearances in Popular Press

  •  Jaye Atkinson was interviewed May 10, 2014 about age and athletes on ESPN radio. The teams favored to win the NBA playoffs are “older,” and so Jaye was asked about athletes playing longer (how and why that happens), how that is perceived, and so on.  The conversation centered on the physicality of different sports, how experience matters, and how changes in both training and medical treatment can increase the length of an athlete’s career. The interview was broadcast from the Marist College Center for Sports Communication, “The Classroom” on ESPN 1220.