E1: Why listen to a podcast about rhetoric and the humanities? (w/ Doug Cloud)
In our inaugural episode, we introduce the re:verb podcast, its hosts (Calvin Pollak and Alex Helberg), and we explain the project's genealogy as a descendant of The Silver Tongue, a rhetorical criticism blog founded by Doug Cloud, Hilary Franklin, Alexis Teagarden and Matt Zebrowski in 2010. We talk to Silver Tongue co-founder Doug Cloud -- now an Assistant Professor of English at Colorado State University -- about rhetoric, public engagement, and the benefits of topical eclecticism in humanities research. Then, co-hosts Calvin and Alex have a free-wheeling conversation with re:verb Web Editor Ana Cooke and PR & Social Media Editor Ryan Mitchell about the humanities and STEM, enacting the kinds of lenses/approaches we hope to bring to public issues on the show going forward.
Works and concepts cited in this episode:
Carr, Nicholas. The shallows: What the Internet is doing to our brains. WW Norton & Company, 2011.
Cloud, Doug. "The Social Consequences of Dissociation: Lessons from the Same-Sex Marriage Debate." Argumentation and Advocacy, vol. 50, no. 3, 2014, pp. 157.
Cloud, Doug. "Rewriting a Discursive Practice: Atheist Adaptation of Coming Out Discourse." Written Communication, vol. 34, no. 2, 2017, pp. 165-188.
Davisson, Amber. "Beyond the borders of red and blue states: Google Maps as a site of rhetorical invention in the 2008 presidential election." Rhetoric & Public Affairs 14.1 (2011): 101-123.
Hart, Roderick P. "An unquiet desperation: Rhetorical aspects of “popular” atheism in the United States." Quarterly Journal of Speech 64.1 (1978): 33-46.
Warner, Michael. Publics and Counterpublics. New York: Zone, 2002.