Welcome to the Inaugural Issue: In the summer of 2009 we set out to create an academic journal that would address contemporary and timely rhetorical issues through short, online articles. Volume 1, Issue 1 accomplishes this goal by providing seven pieces that analyze emerging rhetorics in a variety of institutional and public contexts.
"Turning Composition toward Sovereignty" by John Schilb: “We don’t seem to be writing much at all about sovereignty—a term that I shall define here, somewhat simplistically, as the exercise of authority by a nation-state or another sort of regime, not only with respect to its own people but also in relation to similar polities.”
"Momma’s Memories and the New Equality" by Vershawn Ashanti Young: “The new equality does not claim the achievement of racial and social justice. Rather, it offers an ongoing explicit pursuit of personal and systemic change advanced daily—publicly and privately—among black, brown, red, yellow, and white allies…”
"I’ll Google It!: How Collective Wisdom in Search Engines Alters the Rhetorical Canons" by Jill M. Parrott: “Invention is part of a single act committed by an individual in synchronous time while the returned arrangement is a result of thousands of asynchronous choices enacted collectively by Internet users.”
"Making Rhetoric Visible: Re-visioning a Capstone Civic Writing Seminar" by Heather Lettner-Rust: “In committee meetings, academic and student affairs retreats, or simply in chance encounters with colleagues, a periodic response to the mention the course is polite confusion, misinformation, or even outright dismissal…”
"Cooking Codes: Cookbook Discourses as Women’s Rhetorical Practices" by Elizabeth Fleitz: "Through informal conversations about cooking, women have participated in a practice that has allowed them throughout history to connect with other women and validate their own existence in the domestic sphere.”
"Program Review: The Land-Grant Way – Connected Knowing and the Call of Service" by James M. Dubinsky: “Founded on a core belief that student-community interaction is essential to transforming students into global citizens, CSECP also works to establish competencies related to service: leadership… and ethical development.”
Book Review: "Scott’s Dangerous Writing" by Sheri Rysdam: “Higher education increasingly follows a fast-capitalist model, according to Tony Scott, and the consequences of this model pervade writing instruction: its curriculum, assessment, and even the workforce of higher education.”
Download the essays here: http://www.presenttensejournal.org/.