Author Archives: leighgruwell

Cleopatra and Pop Historiography

First off, a confession. I listen to NPR and I watch the Daily Show. I know- totally predictable grad student, right? A few weeks ago a woman named Stacy Schiff was doing the rounds on these lofty-lefty shows to promote … Continue reading

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Defending Composition: Real-World Practice

We’ve been talking a lot lately about the place of composition in the university. It seems like we have held more than a few hypothetical conversations defending composition classes. This weekend, I got the chance to put it in to … Continue reading

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The Case for Rhetorical Education

As students and teachers of rhetoric, we can all agree on the importance of educating students in the basic concepts of rhetoric. We’ve spent a lot of time in class talking about how to respond when people question our work … Continue reading

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Sexism, Women, and the Media: The Sophistic Alternative

This past weekend, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the UN to discuss disaster relief in Pakistan and Haiti. What caught the attention of the media, however, was not her political work. It was her hair. More specifically, it was … Continue reading

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