Candice Rai: On Hope, Invention, and Politics in the Ruins of Democracy


Writing & Rhetoric Across Borders Speaker Series

Join the Writing, Rhetoric & Discourse Department and author Candice Rai on

Friday, October 27 from 1:00-2:30 PM
McGowan South 105

Drawing on fieldwork that documents contests over public space and affordable housing initiatives in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, this presentation explores the promises and pitfalls of liberal democracy. Rai will examine rhetoric as an ethical art of listening across radical difference and within politically fraught situations in which we must finally act from a place of complicity and without certainty of success.

Candice Rai is an Associate Professor of English and the Director of the Expository Writing Program at the University of Washington. She is the author of Democracy’s Lot: Rhetoric, Publics, and the Places of Invention.

New course: Teaching English as a Second Language in Chicago


Interested in teaching English as a second language in Chicago or beyond? Check out this exciting new course!

WRD 378: Teaching English as a Second Language in Chicago
T/Th 1:00-2:30 (LPC)

The teaching of English is a worldwide phenomenon, as English has become a global language for business, technology, education, and popular culture. Teaching English is also very important in Chicago, where more than 20% of residents were born abroad and use English as a Second Language (ESL). In this class, you will discover theories and methods of second language teaching, and you will apply what you have learned as an ESL tutor/teacher for immigrants at a community center in Chicago. Through this combination of classroom study and practical experience, you will deepen your understanding of both second language learning and local immigrant communities. By the end of the quarter, you will have knowledge that could support a wide range of future endeavors, including the teaching of English in the U.S. or abroad.

Spread the WoRD Conference: Call for Papers

The WRD program puts on an annual graduate student conference in early May. They are also looking for exceptional undergraduate papers and presenters. If you’re interested, check out the official flyer for the event.

Deadline for submission: April 18, 2012 

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • urban literacy
  • political rhetoric
  • technical communication
  • new media studies
  • teaching writing
  • digital literacy
  • style in writing
  • second language learning
  • editing and publishing
  • genre analysis
  • writing center pedagogy
  • multimodality
  • classical rhetoric