Calendar Event

The Rhetorical Listening & Composition Colloquium and Workshop Series

GESA E. KIRSCH, Wednesday, October 30, 2:15 p.m.
The Killian Room, 500 Hall of Languages

“Mindfulness, Creativity, and Feminist Rhetorical Practices”

In this talk I argue that in order to deepen our engagement with public debates and to participate more fully in deliberative, democratic processes, we need to enhance our abilities to listen rhetorically, practice mindfulness, and foster creativity—processes that can be taught and learned but have been woefully neglected. Drawing on my recent work with Dr. Jacqueline Jones Royster, I explore how feminist rhetorical practices can foster deeper, more meaningful engagement in public discourse—as well as in our research and teaching. I illustrate my argument by drawing on several examples; I explore 

  • how the notion of “strategic contemplation” can strengthen archival and historical research and enhance what we learn, see, notice, and understand, thereby allowing us to make more thoughtful, deliberate arguments about the past, the present, and the future;

  • how—and whether—strategic contemplation can come into play in the world of the digital humanities, as Jessica Enoch and Jean Bessette argue in their recent CCC article (June 2013);  

  • how creativity and mindfulness play out in the world of business education, especially in an MBA program that seeks to integrate the arts and sciences throughout the curriculum in order to enhance students’ creativity, mindfulness, and cross-cultural perspectives.

I conclude by proposing that mindfulness, creativity, and feminist rhetorical practices are more closely intertwined than we might think and can support meaningful engagement in public debate as well as enhance ethically and culturally responsive writing. 


CO-SPONSORS: THE DEPARTMENTS OF COMMUNICATION AND RHETORICAL STUDIES, RELIGION, WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES AND THE WRITING PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, HENDRICKS CHAPEL AND ITS WELLNESS CENTER, AND SU’S SCHOOL OF EDUCATION