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A Method to His Madness? Rigged Elections, Media Bias, and Voter Turnout

Kirby Goidel | Posted 12.01.2016 | Politics
Kirby Goidel

Let’s start with what may be the understatement of the year: Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was often surprising, occasionally shocking. He ...

Obama's People And The African Americans: Using The Language Of Othering

John A. Powell | Posted 11.08.2016 | Politics
John A. Powell

When Donald Trump refers to "the African Americans," his use of the word "the" attempts to put black Americans into one monolithic category. The "the" becomes a code, a signal that he distances himself from an entire group.


Jonathan Haber | Posted 10.19.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

As already noted, the outsized examples we've seen this election cycle makes such behavior fair game for moral lessons delivered in lectures, editorials or sermons. My only problem with such moralizing is that it might be letting one party - all of us - off the hook.

Donald Trump And The Dangerous Rhetoric Of Portraying People As Objects

The Conversation US | Posted 10.18.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

In Donald Trump's 2005 hot mic conversation with entertainment reporter Billy Bush, he confessed to kissing women and grabbing their genitals without their consent.

Ignoring the Audience

Jonathan Haber | Posted 10.10.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

As usual, I'm leaving it to others to dissect the second Presidential debate in terms of policy and politics and instead focus on what we can learn fr...

The End Of Rhetoric?

Jonathan Haber | Posted 09.28.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

On the surface, the inability to find any skilled rhetoric to analyze in the first debate is the result of neither candidate having much skill to demonstrate.

Beyond Words Alone: Poets as Artists of the Intentional

Harold Lloyd | Posted 09.25.2016 | Home
Harold Lloyd

In his wonderful The New Book of Forms, Lewis Turco tells us that poets "focus on mode, on language itself." Focusing on language, a poet in Turco's ...

The rise of a conspiracy candidate

The Conversation US | Posted 09.20.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

Lauren Griffin, University of Florida The political and social climate in the United States has become increasingly fertile ground for conspiracy the...

How Hillary Just Won the White House

Nina M. Lozano-Reich, Ph.D. | Posted 07.30.2016 | Politics
Nina M. Lozano-Reich, Ph.D.

Yes, there are one hundred days of campaigning left. I contend, however, that the narrative arc is solidified. I assert that Hillary's hopeful world--a world where America is trusted, unified, strong and patriotic, will outweigh Trump's dark, reckless, isolated, and un-patriotic future.


Jonathan Haber | Posted 07.27.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

The big political news from last week was the Republican nominating convention and, if you judge the importance of stories based on time spent spinning in the news cycle, it seems as though the Yugist Event was Trump's spouse allegedly lifting words from Obama's during her brief speech at the start of the event.


Jonathan Haber | Posted 07.12.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

In my day job as an educational researcher, I encounter a great many educational standards and other works trying to help ascertain the knowledge, ski...

The Toll of Muslim Masculinity: How It Is Pondered, Practiced, Perpetuated - and Poisonous

Zoha Qamar | Posted 06.15.2016 | Religion
Zoha Qamar

There is a stand. Maybe it's marked by a booming black mic, a large maple podium, some tape on the carpet, an etch in the dirt. Perhaps it's nestled u...

Those Holding 'Anti-Gay' Sentiments Need To Stop Making Things Worse By Expressing Outrage Over The Florida Massacre

Mark Baer | Posted 06.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark Baer

Many of those spewing anti-gay rhetoric engage in gaslighting, which “is a form of mental abuse in which a victim is manipulated into doubting their...

Argumentation From Outrage

Jonathan Haber | Posted 06.13.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

I'm not sure what it means for our republic that a fallacy such as Argumentation from Outrage is on the verge of supplanting the whole package of logical and rhetorical techniques designed to construct a sound argument and then present it in a compelling manner. But I'm pretty sure it doesn't mean nothing.  

5 Things I Learned From Syrian Refugees In Jordan

Michelle Abou-Raad | Posted 06.11.2016 | Home
Michelle Abou-Raad

Urban refugees don't always make it onto the news, but they are suffering immensely. Over 650,000 Syrian refugees are living in Jordan and the majority lives in unfinished apartments and dilapidated buildings in the cities.

Background Knowledge

Jonathan Haber | Posted 05.31.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

In an age when nearly all data is just a Google away, some thoughtful people arguing for the importance of critical thinking in the context of educational reform seem to see critical-thinking tools as separate from the data (i.e., facts) to which those tools should be applied.

Color Coded

Poetry Foundation | Posted 05.23.2016 | Home
Poetry Foundation

On the poetics of Donald Trump, the progress of poetry, and reverse racism By Jaswinder Bolina When the blond girl shouted "Hey!" and ran over to sto...

Engaging Your Opponent

Jonathan Haber | Posted 04.25.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

t's probably too late to get candidates with a head of steam to start using rhetorical devices that still allow them to control debate while actually taking on the substantial issues they are supposed to be engaging with. But perhaps it is not too late for the rest of us to do so.

Managing Expectations

Jonathan Haber | Posted 04.19.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

One of the most important rhetorical strategies for controlling debate is to set expectations, for yourself an others, in a way that maximizes your ch...

Donald the Dangerous

Kelly James Clark | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics
Kelly James Clark

Donald Trump speaks like a terrorist. While he doesn't advocate genocide in the name of God, he does exploit the worst fears of our one nation under God. ISIS and Trump exploit similar fears to protect and extend their kingdoms.

Humility Is Underrated and the Founding Father's Knew It

Peter Paskale | Posted 04.13.2016 | Politics
Peter Paskale

The values of the Founding Fathers are a GOP favorite, and Cruz and Trump are firm believers -- hence why they both continuously pillage from America's early presidents as a way to prove their constitutional purity.

An Odd Thing Happens When Presidential Candidates Use Emotional Language

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 03.21.2016 | Science

Angry, inflammatory rhetoric is the bread and butter of Donald Trump's speeches, which are full of language that's arguably less presidential than any...

A Feminist's Guide To Critiquing Hillary Clinton

Kelly Wilz | Posted 02.08.2017 | Politics
Kelly Wilz

Call out sexism and misogyny -- especially if it's coming from someone who claims to be progressive. However, I worry the label is being thrown around loosely and being applied to many well-meaning, non-sexist male critics of Clinton.

France's War Rhetoric: The Rise of the Exterminators

Pierre Guerlain | Posted 11.25.2016 | Home
Pierre Guerlain

The dirty war in Algeria, which pitted Islamists against the army, haunts many people who fled to France to escape the terror and murder meted out by the FIS (Islamist front). Others who fled Iran may be equally vehement. French people who should remember the murderous consequences of such rhetoric during the Algerian war of independence still favor it today.

On 'The Right Way' to Describe a Terrorist

Palle Yourgrau | Posted 11.23.2016 | Religion
Palle Yourgrau

This is not to deny that President Obama has other reasons, as well, for how he chooses to describe terrorists. He is reluctant to call Islamic those who, he strongly believes, are in clear violation of the tenets of "true Islam." Yet is it not true that a bad Muslim is still a Muslim, just as a bad Christian is still a Christian, and a bad Jew, a Jew?