Rhetoric Society of America (RSA) Student Chapter

The RSA Student Chapter of UW-Madison provides a forum for gathering as rhetoricians and serves a variety of functions related to furthering the collaborative study and practice of rhetoric. Our goal is to build community across disciplines around our shared rhetorical concerns and provide ample opportunities to share and present ideas. Further, as a nexus of rhetorical engagement, we also seek to cultivate capacity for furthering the Wisconsin Idea; namely, to make a difference in people’s lives outside the university.

Events

Spring Symposium: April 14-15

Keynote Speaker: E. Cram. They discussed their debut book,Violent Inheritance: Sexuality, Land, and the Making of the North American West, which is due out from University of California Press in the weeks following our Spring Symposium.

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See our 2022 Symposium schedule

Theory & Practice: Lunch and Learn Workshop Series

In theory there are many different ways to practice scholarship. 

In theory we can practice locating our voice, our contributions, and our potential. 

In theory, grad school is where you get practice becoming yourself as a scholar, an activist, an artist, a member of your community and the communities with which you engage, and more. 

In practice, we deepen our engagement with the theories that guide our thinking, become better teachers and lecturers, and get closer to the material that we and others care about. 

We invite our rhetoric grad students to go from theory to practice in our new monthly lunchtime workshop series. In this series, grad students will have the opportunity to practice giving a talk, demonstrate the material application of their research, and engage more deeply with one another’s work — all in a supportive, low-pressure environment. 

Join us on the second Friday of every month from 11:30 am to 1 pm for a Bring-Your-Own-Lunch workshop in room 3155, Vilas Hall. 

Our next workshop could be hosted by YOU! Do you have research you want to share, a job talk you’d like to practice, art, music, or poetry you’d like to perform, or material applications of your research or pedagogy you’d like to demonstrate? Here’s your chance! Let us know you’re interested in hosting a workshop here

February 11: Lupe Remigio Ortega (Comp/Rhet): Oral History, (Auto)Ethnography, and IRB Challenges

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Lupe will discuss her dissertation proposal and her challenges with IRB protocols that don’t create space for researching oral history as rhetoric. We’ll offer feedback and ask questions about the proposal to help Lupe prepare for her defense.

March 11: Erin Gangstad (CommArts): Archival Research: Before, During, and After

What does it actually look like to plan and execute an archival research trip? How do you navigate record use restrictions, vague finding aids, or just the initial outreach to an archivist? And when you’re at the archive, what tools, procedures, and practices can help you make the most of your time? Drawing on her own trials and errors in physical archives from Alaska to the Adirondacks, Erin will discuss how to reach out to an archivist, what to do when you hit roadblocks, and the important questions to ask before you ever step foot through the archive’s door. You’ll also learn about digital tools like text scanning, PDF conversion, and Zotero that can help catalog your records in real time.

April 8: Kelly Jensen (CommArts): What does community engaged scholarship look like?”

Join Kelly in a discussion that explores what community engaged research can look like for busy graduate students juggling many priorities. Focusing on the possibilities and limitations of community engaged scholarship, Kelly will discuss her own experiences engaging with different communities she interviewed for research projects. Then, she will open up a discussion about how you can apply community engaged research in your own projects. Come ready to share about current/future projects and brainstorm how you can apply community engaged research in your own scholarship.

May 6: Fiber Arts Circle

Come de-stress during finals with a fiber arts project or two! Bring something you’re working on or come learn how to knit, crochet, or needle felt!

This will be a fully in-person event. Meet us in the Living Room Lounge in the IMC on the 3rd floor of Vilas!

Officers

To learn more about or get involved with the RSA Grad Student Chapter, please get in touch with one of our officers, listed below.
Lupe Ortega

Lupe Remigio Ortega (she/her) | Co-President, Composition & Rhetoric

Lupe is a 4th year PhD Candidate studying migrant/border rhetorics and indigenous migrant literacies.

Erin Gangstad
Erin Gangstad

Erin Gangstad (she/her) | Co-President, Communication Arts 

Erin is a 5th year PhD Candidate studying the rhetoric of health and medicine, archival methods and historiography, and rhetorics of space and place.

egangstad@wisc.edu · Twitter: @erinnicole8

Gabe Carter
Gabe Carter

Gabe Carter (he/him) | Treasurer, Composition & Rhetoric

Gabe is a 2nd year PhD student studying the Rhetoric of Health and Medicine, Critical Theory, and Critical Drug Studies.

gcarter6@wisc.edu

Kai Prins
Kai Prins

Kai Prins (she/they) | Secretary, Communication Arts

Kai is a 3rd year PhD student studying gender, bodies, and performance in feminist and queer media, along with diets, dogma, and dollars in online fitness and nutrition communities.

kprins@wisc.edu · Twitter: @performingwoman