Rhetoric Today

This newsletter is a publication of the Department of Rhetoric and Composition

Letter from the Editor

In this issue of Rhetoric Today, we celebrate the AUC Centennial. As AUC turns 100, it is only fitting that we reflect on our identity as a department and academic institution. This issue, therefore, features four articles and a poem by five of our instructors in which they look at our past, present, and future.

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Alia Hamad

Cultural Commodities: Books from The New Yorker

Since 1925, The New Yorker has celebrated the art of books and book reading for the delight of bibliophiles. Some covers of the magazine display gorgeous and inspiring visuals which pay homage to the written word and the reader’s odyssey. From its beginning to present, The New Yorker praises the book as a cultural purveyor of intriguing narratives that can spark the subjective interests of the reading public. Does reading allow us to discover a deeply buried self?

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Cultural Commodities: Books from The New Yorker

Faculty Articles

Sanaa Ali Makhlouf

Musings On Mottos: Sanaa Mahklouf

Gathering in the weekly assembly hour in this hall, thousands of AUC graduates must have read and mused on the meanings of these words. Faculty and administration were brought together in the mission of the university unified in the purpose of this academic institution: to allow for knowledge to grow from more to more.

Michael Gibson

A Vision Enlightened by Reflection: Michael Gibson

As so many of us tend to emphasize to our students the value of reflecting on their processes, we too might wish to step back and think about all we’ve accomplished (and even failed at) in the past many years, especially as we look forward to the years ahead.

Sherin Darwish


A teeming plaza; then a silent patio. The tinkly chatter of a hidden fountain.

Brooke Comer

Q&A with Dr. Carra Leah Hood: Brooke Comer

Dr. Carra Leah Hood visited AUC as the Academy of Liberal Arts’ DVR for the week of March 10th-17th, 2019, delivering, among a few other workshops and lectures, a talk on “The Problem: Not Teaching for Transfer” for the Provost Lecture Series.


Close up of a lady with grey hair and glasses

Writing for Film as Overdetermined Praxis

At its most basic, writing about film entails note-taking during the viewing occasion, an act of mediation which facilitates the distanciation necessary to renewing spectatorial attention vis-à-vis the cinematic experience.

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Those who can, do

Over the years, whether it be during formal instruction or in casual conversation with my students, I have caught myself borrowing - and heavily at that - truisms and wisdom accumulated from the Star Wars.

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Difficulties in a Digital Age

Allowing that there are non-linguistic modes of thought, for example, visual ones, very few will deny that using words to build essays, stories and suchlike are ways of thinking.

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The Quick Brown fox

During a rare moment of comic relief this semester, two documents related to US President elect Donald Trump were circulated online.

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