Past Agora Series Events


Spring 2017

January 13, 2017, 3:00-5:00
“Trump, Twitter, and the Short Circuits of Technoliberalism”
602 Cathedral of Learning
Damien Pfister, University of Maryland

February 3, 2017, 3:00-5:00
“I, The People: American Conservatism, Political Theory, and the Populism’s Discontents”
208A Cathedral of Learning
Paul Johnson, University of Pittsburgh

February 17, 2017, 3:00-5:00
“The Dangerous Public Fantasies of Post-racialism and the Black Bogeyman”
G24 Cathedral of Learning
Ronald Jackson, University of Cincinnati

February 24, 2017, 3:00-5:00
208A CL
Department of Communication, Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Summer Research Fellows
“Media Accessibility: Narratives from People with Disabilities”
Jessica Benham

“Make Your Own Adventure: The Materiality and Circulation of Noncommercial Games for the Early Home Computing Environment”
Logan Blizzard

“‘Don’t be mad at me because I don't trust you’: Community Engagement in Neighborhood Redevelopment”
Curry Chandler

March 24, 2017, 3:00-5:00
“‘At One Point We All Rebelled’: Hip Hop Graffiti Grrlz and the Performance of Feminist Masculinity”
208A CL
Jessica N. Pabón, SUNY Newpaltz

March 31, 2017, 3:00-5:00
“Writing the Revolution: Feminist Rhetorics of the Second Wave”
232 Cathedral of Learning
Bonnie Dow, Vanderbilt University

April 21, 2017, 3:00-5:00
“Emotional Icons: Celebrity, Digital Culture, and Networks of Affect”
602 Cathedral of Learning
Claire Sisco King, Vanderbilt University

Fall 2016

Calum Matheson, University of Pittsburgh
“Psychosis and Rhetoric: What Does the Sovereign Citizen Mean?”
September 16, 2016, 3:00-5:00
208B Cathedral of Learning

Thomas Nakayama, Northeastern University
“Digital Whiteness”
October 7, 2016 3:00-5:00
602 Cathedral of Learning

Department of Communication, Graduate Student Pre-Conference Presentations
“‘A Legitimate Alternative?’: Inconclusive Findings as an Argumentative Resource in the Regulation of E-Cigarettes”
Daniel Beresheim

“Medicine or Quackery? The Argument Surrounding Research of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) at the National Institutes of Health”
Deborah Danuser

“Symbolically Transferring the Abject: Intersex Narratives and Affect in the Documentary Intersexion”
Al Primack
October 28, 2016, 3:00-5:00
208B Cathedral of Learning

Emily Deering Crosby, University of Pittsburgh
November 18, 2016, 3:00-5:00
208B Cathedral of Learning
“A Rhetorical Eye-Con: The Ageless Americana of Patsy Cline”

Caitlin Bruce, University of Pittsburgh
“Painting Publics: Transnational Graffiti Scenes as Spaces of Encounter”
December 2, 2016, 3:00-5:00
208B Cathedral of Learning
“Painting Publics: Transnational Graffiti Scenes as Spaces of Encounter”

Spring 2016

January 15, 2016, 3:00-5:00
206 Cathedral of Learning
“Across the Great (Fire)Wall: China and the Global Internet”
Hong Shen, University of Illinois and Carnegie Mellon University

January 22, 2016, 3:00-5:00
602 Cathedral of Learning
"At the Feet of Rhetorica"
Debra Hawhee, Pennsylvania State University

January 29, 2016, 3:00-5:00
602 Cathedral of Learning
“Recovering the Rhetoric of Mathematics”
Edward Schiappa, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

February 5, 2016, 3:00-5:00
Lower Lounge, William PItt Union
“In Search of the Clitoris”
Susan Wells, Temple University 

February 25, 2016, 3:00-5:00
602 Cathedral of Learning
“There was a Beep the Entire Time I was Working, or Performing Autistic Honesty at the Academic Masquerade Ball”  -
Jessica Benham
“Selling with Science: An Exploratory Look at the Role of Science in Television Commercials” –
Deborah Danuser
“Burke and #BlackLivesMatter: A Study in Framing Race”-
Samuel Allen & Hillary Ash
"Time for Slime: Reinforcement of Hegemonic Equilibrium Through Compensatory Fiction" –
Tyler Brunette

March 18, 2016, 3:00-5:00
206 Cathedral of Learning
Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Summer Research Fellows
“The Fight for Inclusion: Women, Activism, and the Early HIV/AIDS Epidemic”
Hillary Ash
“‘Does this Filter Make my Brisket Look Fatty?’: A Media Ecological and Rhetorical Exploration of Austin, TX and Pittsburgh, PA Food Cultures”
Jennifer Reinwald
“Hand Transplants and the Meaning of ‘Success’ in Non-Life-Saving Experimental Medicine: An Oral History from the Patients’ Perspective”
Emily Ruppel

April 8, 2016, 3:00-5:00
602 Cathedral of Learning
“Martin Heidegger’s 1924 Lecture Course on Aristotle’s Rhetoric: Key Research Implications”
Daniel Gross, University of California, Irvine

Fall 2015

September 11, 2015, 3:00-5:00
208A Cathedral of Learning
“Big Data and Global Knowledge: A Protagorean Analysis of the United Nations’ Global Pulse”
Johanna Hartelius, University of Pittsburgh

October 2, 2015, 3:00-5:00
206 Cathedral of Learning
“Arguing Animus”
Peter Campbell, University of Pittsburgh

October 23, 2015, 3:00-5:00
206 Cathedral of Learning
“Remixing Colorblind: Race, Education and Opportunity”
Sheena Howard, Rider University

November 13, 2015, 3:00-5:00
206 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Communication, Graduate Student Pre-Conference Presentations
“Between Control and Constraint: Charting Three Rhetorics of Patient Agency”
Ellen DeFossez
“I’m Not an Expert, But…”
Kaitlyn Haynal
“Hashtags and the Tetrad: Organizing Social Media Campaigns”
Jennifer Reinwald

December 4, 2015, 3:00-5:00
602 Cathedral of Learning
“The Scales of Rhetoric: Inside the Dilemma of Sympathy and the Sensible Knave”
John Poulakos, University of Pittsburgh

Spring 2015

Robert Hariman, Northwestern University
"Seeing Society: Sociological Optics in Public Culture"
Friday, February 20, 2015, 3:00pm
208B Cathedral of Learning

Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Summer Research Fellows
“Our Movies Made Children: Metaphor and the Infantilization of Film in the Payne Fund Motion Picture Studies”
Tyler Brunette
“Renegotiating Archival Absence: Black Women, Agency and the Issue of Reproductive <Freedom>”
Ashley Hall
“When the Rainbow is Not Enuf: Activism & the Everyday in London’s Black Gay and Lesbian Activist Ephemera”
Dominique Johnson
Friday, March 20, 2015 3:00pm-5:00pm
206 Cathedral of Learning

Michael Hyde, Wake Forest University
“The Interruption that We Are:  Communication Ethics, the Lived Body, and Our Posthuman Future”
Friday, March 27, 2015, 3:00pm-5:00pm
208B Cathedral of Learning

Todd Reeser, University of Pittsburgh
“Setting Plato Straight: Translating Ancient Sexuality in the Renaissance"
Friday, April 10, 2015, 3:00pm-5:00pm
206 Cathedral of Learning

Janet Skupien, University of Pittsburgh
“‘Don’t think, but look!’: Understanding Wittgenstein’s Anti-Theoretical Stance”
Friday, April 17, 2015, 3:00pm-5:00pm
206 Cathedral of Learning

 

Fall 2014

Lester Olson
“Public Memory of Christopher Isherwood’s Novel, A Single Man:
Communication Ethics, Social Differences, and Alterity in Media Portrayals of Homosexuality”
Friday, September 12, 2014, 3:00pm
206 Cathedral of Learning

Nancy Struever, Johns Hopkins University
“Fashions in Body-Talk: Rhetoric and Medicine, Rhetoric and Neuroscience”
Friday, September 26, 2014, 3:00pm
206 Cathedral of Learning

James Wynn, Carnegie Mellon University
“Can Winning Be Losing?: Citizen Science and the Politics of Redevelopment”
Friday, October 10, 2014, 3:00pm
206 Cathedral of Learning

Megan Foley, University of South Carolina
“Helen, Rhetoric’s Eidōlon”
Friday, October 24, 2014, 3:00pm
206 Cathedral of Learning

Department of Communication, Graduate Student Pre-Conference Presentations
William Upchurch
“Gamification in Education: Past and present patterns, and future trends”
Emily Deering Crosby
“Burke’s ‘Urge to Purge’: Exploring Rhetorical and Bodily Dualities for Today’s Critical Scholars”
Larissa Brian
“Spectacles of Terror and Ecstasy: Dispossessed Language and the Consumption of (Anti)-Blackness in Interracial Pornography”
Friday, November 7, 2014, 3:00pm
206 Cathedral of Learning

 

Spring 2014

Roundtable on Journal Article Publishing

Friday, April 4, 2014 3:00pm
208B Cathedral of Learning

Sarah Bishop
"It’s Just What We Saw in the Movie”: Refugees Encounter U.S. Media"
Christopher Fischer
"I am going into the country to begin!" Kenneth Burke's turn to nature"
Derek Griesbach
"Anthropocene Project"
Friday, March 21, 2014 3:00pm
208A Cathedral of Learning

Fadoua Loudiy
"Symbolic justice, memory and state-sponsored violence"
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 3:00pm
332 Cathedral of Learning

Caitlin Bruce
"Mujeres en el Arte: Making Spaces Feel Public"
Friday, January 24, 2014 3:00pm
208B Cathedral of Learning

Emily Cram
"Isn't that the Place?": Geographic Securitization, Queer Senses of Place, and Transformative Feelings after Matthew Shepard
Friday, January 17, 2014 3:00pm
208B Cathedral of Learning