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Student, Alumni, and Faculty News

WRD students, alumni, and faculty share their recent professional and academic achievements. Students Katie Booth (MA in WRD) presented her paper “One Who, Two Who, Old Who, New Who: The Discourse of Identity in the Doctor Who Fan Community,” at the Midwest Popular Culture / American Culture Association Conference in St. Louis, MO, on October 12, 2013. Booth’s paper is an analysis of recorded interviews with fans of the cult television series, focusing on identity and authenticity as represented in language.

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Alumni Spotlight: Chad Seader

Recent graduate, Chad Seader, MAWRD 2013, shared with us how he customized the MAWRD program to help him achieve his academic goals and what he’ll be doing as a post-graduate. Q: What was your academic and professional background prior to entering WRD? Directly before entering MAWRD, I had completed my BA in Philosophy for Northeastern Illinois University, but in my last year at NEIU I decided to switch over to rhetoric and composition for my graduate education. 

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WRD Alumnus Wins National Education Reporting Award

Ray Salazar’s education blog, The White Rhino: A Chicago Latino English Teacher, tied for second place in the Best Blog category of the Education Writers Association (EWA) contest: the 2012 National Awards for Education Reporting. A judge from the contest had this to say about White Rhino: “White Rhino offers an interesting point of view on Latino issues at a moment of their emergence as a political and cultural force. He also has an endearing approach of a crusader, asking hard questions of the union chief and criticizing the mayor.”

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WRD Graduate Assistant Featured on Zeega

WRD graduate assistant Amy Hubbard’s project, A Ghostly Rendering, was recently featured on the Zeega blog. Zeega is a web publishing tool designed to enable interactive storytelling. “I know that [Zeega] can create complicated documentaries, but I really think the rhetorical power here is in the simple ability to re-envision narratives. Simply put, I’m really excited about this and am eager to see where this technology goes in the future.” Amy was first introduced to Zeega in an NMS digital storytelling course taught by Assistant Professor Lisa Dush.

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