News and Events
***PWR Pizza Party for Writing Minors (and Friends)***
The Program in Writing and Rhetoric invites students to an
open house / pizza party on
Wed., April 3,
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
to meet with our faculty and learn how our writing courses support you in the university, workforce, and civic society.
Learn more about current and future writing courses, and about the Writing Minor.
When: Wed., Apr. 3, 2013, from 11:00-1:00
Where: HUM 2029 (Shared Faculty Lounge)
Join us for pizza, soda, cookies, & conversation.
RSVP by MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2013
PWR Reading Series
The Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stony Brook University is pleased to announce the following talented writers reading from and discussing their current works.
Brown Bag Presentation Series
Join the Program in Writing and Rhetoric's informal presentation series on a variety of topics.
A warm welcome to our new faculty in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric!
Peter earned his Ph.D. in English with a concentration in composition studies from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His M.A. and B.A. are from Rutgers and Fordham Universities, respectively. He has published on pedagogical and professional issues in higher education, and his diverse scholarly interests include writing program administration; autoethnography; the literature/composition divide; critical university studies; collaboration; assessing writing; and holistic or contemplative education, especially mindfulness and "felt sense" theory.
Khost teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at every level, 100-600, at Stony Brook University, and he is the former Associate Director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric, and former Director of the Writing Center. He serves on the University's Undergraduate Council and maintains leadership positions on national, regional, and institutional committees in his field. Peter played integral roles in the creation of the new writing minor and development of cross-curricular writing initiatives at SBU. He developed and teaches the writing program's professional writing course and will soon offer another new course of his own design: Rhetorics of Love and Compassion.
is a visiting associate professor in the Writing and Rhetoric Program at Stony Brook University for the 2012-13 academic year. She earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Maryland at College Park and has taught at a variety of universities. Middleton has published several articles on Nobel laureate, Toni Morrison, including in New Essays on Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon. She has also published work on rhetoric, orality, and literacy; race, whiteness, and gender; visual rhetoric, ethnic studies, and film; and rhetorical listening and silence, in journals such as Rhetoric Review, Journal of Advanced Composition, Cultural Studies, College English, and in rhetoric anthologies, such as African American Rhetoric(s): Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Calling Cards: Theory and Practice in the Study of Race, Gender, and Culture, The Sage Handbook of Rhetorical Studies, and Silence and Listening as Rhetorical Arts. She served as a Guest co-Editor with Krista Ratcliffe for a special issue on whiteness studies and rhetoric and composition studies in Rhetoric Review, and she was the editor of a bi-weekly blog series called “CCCC Conversations on Diversity” for the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Middleton is writing a book-length manuscript that is a close study of film as a rhetorical text, with a special emphasis on global filmmakers, ethnic studies, and feminist rhetoric. In national service, Middleton has served as a referee for rhetoric journals and various book publishers. She also served on the board for the Rhetoric Society Quarterly and has served on the CCCC Executive Committee, the NCTE Visual Messages Group, and the CCCC Committee on Diversity, which she chaired until the end of the 2012 academic year. She loves to read, write, teach, and talk about anything related to visual rhetoric, movies (mostly new ones), and music, especially jazz and hip hop. Middleton expects to finish her book on film rhetoric this year, and she looks forward to good conversations over lunch, dinner, coffee, or drinks while she works with the Writing and Rhetoric Program at Stony Brook University.
Ghanashyam Sharma, who goes by Shyam, used to be a teacher of linguistics, literature, and critical theory at the Tribhuvan University of Nepal, where he received his first master’s degree in English literature and a degree in English education. After completing a second master’s degree with a focus on rhetoric and composition from the University of Louisville, he received his PhD with the same specialty from the University of Louisville. Shyam’s professional interests include theories and pedagogies of composition and rhetoric, writing in the disciplines, multilingualism and language policies, digital media and composition, the intersection of global popular culture and literacy practices, and traditions and histories of rhetoric. Besides his passions for teaching and research, Shyam also has an interest in experiencing different cultures, mentoring other members of his professional communities, and, currently, “horse-riding”—which happens to be in its unique form of letting his two and four year old kids ride him around the house.
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