Archives: May 2007

Class prep

I’m teaching a summer version of the upper-division Technical and Professional Writing service course, starting in a week. I haven’t taught an online course before, and you’d think it would play to my strengths – I am a very different creature in email than in person – but I’m still getting used to the strange

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Autism & Writing

There are many good articles in the May CE besides my measly one, but one that stood out to me in terms of personal experience is the first one, Ann Jerecic’s “Neurodiversity.” She discusses, among other related issues, how to approach teaching academic writing with a student that has Asperger’s. First – I’ve had students

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Payoff

Concentrating on writing this week has paid off – I finally have a good draft of the gospel metaphor paper, something I would not be completely embarassed to send out. Note, of course, that I have not been encamped in my office for five days, given what I said a few posts back. That’s the

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Objections to Turnitin

Reading Lindey (see last post) made me think about why I don’t like Turnitin, and why I’ve so far declined to use it. The UofM has a license, but has not yet made using it mandatory. This is good, as I would refuse to use it. I have three reasons: building trust with students, commercial

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Alexander Lindey’s 1952 Plagiarism and Originality

One of the most pleasant things that can happen to me in a library is when I am looking for a book and I find others that I wasn’t specifically looking for that are also compelling. This one was sitting horizontally on the shelf by itself in McWherter near the rhetoric section; someone had, evidently,

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Today, I have a mission

And that mission is to finish the new draft of the gospel metaphor paper, tonight. I’m not leaving the office until it’s done. It has been a thorn in my side for way too long, and it needs to go out by the end of this month. All the research is there, the argument is

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Aristotle’s Topics and Cicero’s Topica

My chair, who has an article that touches on the subject via Aristotle’s Rhetoric, gave me a short mission not too long ago – read Aristotle’s Topics (of which I have Robin Smith’s translation of I and VIII with various excerpts of the rest) and Cicero’s Topica (of which I have the Loeb), supposedly based

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Post-Process Theory, ed. Thomas Kent

This little green book (well, it is not little, it has 12 essays and took most of a day to read) has been stubborn about finishing. Part of the problem, I think, is that many of the essays cover the same ground, rather than engaging each other (a common problem with anthologies). Nevertheless, I think

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Ehren Watada

I’ve been following the case of Ehren Watada, an Army lieutenant who refused to report to Iraq in 2006, since it started. He had a mistrial in Feburary, and a new trial is coming up in July. His legal position is interesting, given that he volunteered after 9/11, has not gone the conscientius objector route,

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Thomas Conley’s Rhetoric in the European Tradition

I’m not sure if this book can be adequately summarized here. I’ll try, though. Conley’s book, which is from 1990, would still make a good overview text for a class in the history of rhetoric. It’s small and focused on a cyclical version of events and the most influential authors of each period, but it

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