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Kenneth Burke, Rhetoric,

and Social Change

Eighth Triennial Conference of the


Kenneth Burke Society
May 26 - 29, 2011
Clemson University
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Contents
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Acknowledgments������������������������������������������������������������������ 2
Keynote Speakers������������������������������������������������������������������� 4
Seminars�������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 5
Officers of the Kenneth Burke Society ���������������������������������� 7
Awards of the Kenneth Burke Society������������������������������������ 7
Journal of the Kenneth Burke Society������������������������������������ 8
KB Discussion List����������������������������������������������������������������� 8
Thursday, May 26������������������������������������������������������������������ 9
Friday, May 27��������������������������������������������������������������������� 10
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Index of Participants������������������������������������������������������������ 27

Welcome!
On behalf of the Kenneth Burke Society and Clemson University, it’s my plea-
sure to welcome all of you to the Eighth Triennial Conference of the Kenneth
Burke Society. Clemson is my new home, and I hope you find it as welcoming,
beautiful, and warm as I have. I have wonderful colleagues and exceptional
graduate students here, many of whom you’ll meet at the conference. If there
was ever any doubt that KB’s ideas were alive and well in South Carolina, rest
assured that you can now roam our beautiful campus and find the fragrance of
many Burkes and rhetorics everywhere you turn.
The theme of this year’s conference, “Kenneth Burke, Rhetoric, and Social
Change,” reflects the belief that now more than ever we should bring Burke’s in-
sights—his terministic screens, representative anecdotes, comic and dramatistic
perspectives, and more—to the pressing challenges of our times. Burke’s words
from his 1942 essay, “War and Cultural Life,” seem as fresh as ever:

What one might now most avidly look for, in the cultural sphere, is some
evidence of a whole intellectual movement designed thus to “frame” the
conception of our exigencies, resources, weaknesses, and intentions. The
need to think of global war and of its counterpart, global peace, invites
us to seek also a truly global attitude toward all mankind, with its ex-
pressions ranging from the austere down to the foibles of the human
barnyard. The study of war aims should thus be grounded in the most
searching consideration of human motives. So far, however, it seems that
war aims are being treated as something of a cross between anticipatory
or retrospective ideals and cameralistic proposals designed to enlist or ap-
pease various economic interests. And more basic inquiries into human
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motives seem to have been postponed, as a luxury that the moment can-
not afford, precisely at a time when the need for such a search is all the
more urgent. (“War and Cultural Life,” The American Journal of Sociology
48.3, Nov. 1942, p. 409)

Burke was speaking as World War II ravaged the globe at a time that had its own
particular mix of threats to the human condition and peaceful coexistence. Our
times have their own foibles in the human barnyard, and while it sometimes may
seem a luxury to reflect on them at an academic conference, the urge to do so, if
we’re to believe Burke, is all the more urgent as political, social, cultural, racial,
and ideological crises unfold. At those moments when we’re driven into a corner,
when the possibilities for action seem limited to silence or moral outrage, Burke
believed that the power of language and rhetoric could help us interpret our in-
terpretations, and in doing so find a way to act both for ourselves and for change.
The conference theme reflects this optimism, and the wide variety of topics
expressed in seminars and presentations throughout our three days together can
be our next step in freeing ourselves, as KB might have put it, from the tragic
inaction of “sour grapes” to the comic relief of “sour grapes plus.” I hope you all
enjoy the conference!

Acknowledgments
This 8th Triennial Conference of the Kenneth Burke Society is an act of be-
coming, with many people working behind the curtain to make it a first-order
reality. I want to thank first the Burke family, three of whom are with us at the
conference: Michael Burke, his wife Julie Whitaker, and their daughter Shan-
non. Anthony “Butchie” Burke can’t be here, but I spoke to him the other
night, and he sends his regards. I want to thank Angie Justice, my secretary and
the secretary of the Cambell Chair and the Pearce Center for Professional Com-
munication at Clemson. I can only imagine what she must have thought when
I arrived last fall and told her that we had a conference to host in nine months.
The now-permanent Dean of the College of Architecture, Arts, and Humani-
ties, Richard Goodstein, supported the conference with a graduate research as-
sistant this spring, a newly minted PhD himself, Josh Abboud. My colleagues
in the Department of English have been eager to help all the way, and many of
them are first-rate Burke scholars in their own right. At the conference, you’ll
find Steve Katz leading a seminar, and Martin Jacobi presenting a paper. Victor
Vitanza, Scot Barnett, Jan Holmevik, Cynthia Haynes, Tharon Howard, Bar-
bara Ramirez, and Scott Mogul will be here to host panels or to make sure you
enjoy the conference. Perhaps most of all, I want to thank the excellent graduate
students in my Kenneth Burke seminar this past semester. Not only have they
reminded me why I love thinking and writing about Burke but they have also
shown me that Burke’s ideas continue to resonate with the young among us.
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You’ll have the chance to meet all of them during the conference and to hear
and see the fine work that they’ve completed. They have planned the special
events at the conference, put together the best swag bag you’ve ever seen, and
will ensure that the conversations in the parlor are interminable, and well past
my bedtime, I’m sure. If you see them here, please join me in thanking them for
their hard work and enthusiasm: Jimmy Butts, Jared Colton, Yuanrong Ding,
Patricia Fancher, Steven Holmes, Walter Iriarte, Emily Ligon, Stephen Lind,
Lauren Mitchell, and Glen Southergill. They are all PhD students in our still
new PhD program in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design.
If this semester was any indication, Burke scholars will be hearing a lot more
from them. I also want to mention Ethan Sproat, my student and friend from
Purdue, who encouraged me in the beginning to give another go at hosting the
Burke conference. I’m pleased that Ethan is here at the conference to show you
the excellent work he and Joel Overall have accomplished thus far in their work
on the video archives of the Iowa interviews with KB.
The officers of the Kenneth Burke Society keep everything running be-
tween conferences and are a blessing to all of us. I’m grateful for the confidence
they showed me when we burst rather late upon the scene with the promise to
host the conference here at Clemson so soon after I arrived. Ann George (Presi-
dent), Bob Wess (Immediate Past-President), Clarke Rountree (Vice President)
Elvera Berry (Secretary), and Virginia Anderson (Treasurer) deserver everyone’s
thanks. Bryan Crable, the 2008 conference chair, has always been there to offer
helpful advice. I want to thank especially all those who reviewed conference
proposals and offered their feedback: Josh Abboud, Virginia Anderson, Jimmy
Butts, AmyLea Clemons, Jared Colton, Yuanrong Ding, Patricia Fancher, Steve
Holmes, Walter Iriarte, Emily Ligon, Stephen Lind, Lauren Mitchell, Nathan-
iel Rivers, Clarke Rountree, Glen Southergill, and Ryan Weber.
Finally, I want to thank the President of Clemson University, James Bark-
er, our Provost, Doris Helms, my Dean, Richard Goodstein, my Department
Head, Barton Palmer, and Victor Vitanza, friend and colleague, for first luring
me to Clemson and now for giving me the opportunity to host this conference.
Additional support for the conference comes from the Robert S. Campbell En-
dowment, which provides funding for projects and events that foster deeper
and clearer communication across all contexts at the university and beyond.
With that, it’s time to put in your oar (or?)!
—David Blakesley
KBS Conference Chair 2011
Cambell Chair in Technical Communication
Professor of English
Clemson University
26 May 2011
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Keynote Speakers
Friday Lunch, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Ballroom A & B
Scott McLemee
Inside Higher Ed
“Motives of the Public Intellectual; or, Con-
fessions of an Unlicensed Burkean.”

Scott McLemee writes the weekly column


“Intellectual Affairs” for Inside Higher Ed.
He was a contributing editor at Lingua
Franca and he covered the humanities as a
senior writer at The Chronicle of Higher Ed-
ucation. In 2004, he received the National
Book Critics Circle award for excellence in reviewing, and began serving on
that organization’s board of directors in 2008. Besides editing two volumes of
writings by C. L. R. James, he has contributed to numerous magazines and
newspapers in the United States and abroad. He discovered Kenneth Burke
in adolescence, which was not recently. Read “A Puzzling Figure in Literary
Criticism Is Suddenly Central” at the Chronicle of Higher Education website,
http://chronicle.com/article/A-Puzzling-Figure-in-Literary/15407.

Saturday Banquet, 6:00 - 8:30 pm pm, Ballroom A & B


Jack Selzer
Penn State University
“Kenneth Burke, MLK, and Me: Tak-
ing a Comic Perspective on August
28, 1963”

Jack Selzer earned the Kenneth Burke


Society Lifetime Achievement Award
in 2005 for service to the organiza-
tion, for mentoring colleagues and
graduate students in their archival research on Burke, and for his publica-
tions Kenneth Burke in Greenwich Village (Wisconsin, 1997); Kenneth Burke
in the 1930s (South Carolina, 2007, with Ann George); and Kenneth Burke
and His Circles (Parlor, 2007, edited with Robert Wess). Currently past presi-
dent of the Rhetoric Society of America, he has taught courses on rhetoric,
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composition, technical writing, and Kenneth Burke at Penn State since 1978.
He is currently working with Keith Gilyard on a book on the rhetoric of the
civil rights movement, and researching another book on Burke’s later career.

Seminars
A distinct highlight of past KBS conferences has been the seminars, which
provide opportunities for participants to focus on important subjects both
prior to and throughout the conference. These seminars meet four times
throughout the conference. The participants listed only include those reg-
istered before May 6, 2011. If anyone is not listed and would like to join a
seminar, ask the seminar leader if there’s space for you.

Burke and Law


Clarke Rountree
University of Alabama, Huntsville

This seminar will explore intersections between Burke’s work and law, with
particular attention to the Clarke Rountree’s application of the pentad to the
analysis of judicial discourse. Seminar participants will read the essays below.
Additionally, the group will read the U.S. Supreme Court case Kelo v. City
of New London (the controversial case approving Connecticut’s use of im-
minent domain) as a case study in legal rhetoric.
Participants: Bob Wess, Brandon Inabinet, Cherise Bacalski, Evelyn Burg, John
Roundtree, Mike Feehan, Odile Hobeika, Simone McGrath, Stan Lindsay,
Virginia Anderson, Dries Vrijders, Greig Henderson, Jason Maxwell, Joyce
Middleton

Race-ing Burke
Bryan Crable
Villanova University

Burke might seem an unlikely figure to link with race—simply because his or-
igins (geographic, generational, and racial) contrast sharply with the concerns
of those who advocate or construct critical race theory. Burke was not then,
and is not now, known for his writings on issues of race. Some scholars have
done work connecting Burke’s work to issues of race, identity, and racism. In
many respects, however, Burkean scholarship focuses much more strongly on
issues of class than of race (or of gender). This seminar will hope to change
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that somewhat, by focusing attention on several key works by Burke that deal
with matters of race.
Participants: Adiel Suarez-Murias, AmyLea Clemons, Camille Lewis, Connie
Johnson, David Stacey, Guy Nave, Jean Miller, Joy Cypher, Nicholas Romeu,
Celeste Zsembery, Scott Gage

Burke and Education


Elvera Berry
Roberts Wesleyan College

Peter M. Smudde
Illinois State University

Whatever our particular interest in the work of Kenneth Burke, to the extent
that we engage his ideas, we become both student and teacher of those ideas.
Taking Burke seriously calls for an examination not only of the substance of
his corpus, but also of the implications of that substance for how we function
as educators. The theme of the 2011 conference, “Kenneth Burke, Rheto-
ric, and Social Change,” speaks directly to the nature and role of education.
While he did not write extensively about education, per se, Burke left a cor-
pus filled with implications for education.
Participants: Jacob Robertson, Jacqueline Preston, Jefferey Taylor, Jessica Shef-
field, Jimmy Butts, Joel Overall, Lavinia Hirsu, Lorin Milotta, Michael
DuPuis, Nicole Green, Ron Roach, Sarah Whyte, Walter Irarte, Yuanrong Ding,
Aimee Robison, Bill Fitzgerald, Jose Cortez

Burke, “Hitler’s ‘Battle’” and Beyond


Steve Katz
Pearce Professor, Clemson University

Kenneth Burke’s “The Rhetoric of Hitler’s ‘Battle’,” ostensibly a book review,


was a rhetorically perspicacious if not prophetic analysis of what was yet to
transpire. Though the layers of biography, bigotry, tirades, hatreds, and po-
litical strategies that permeate Mein Kampf turned others away in disgust
and disbelief, Burke foresaw the general outline of events, read in relation
to capitalism, religion, and anti-Semitism, just beginning to unfold. Burke
did not have the last word on the interpretation of Mein Kampf; others have
examined it since. But despite Burke’s warning that “we need to discover what
kind of ‘medicine’ this medicine-man concocted, that we may know exactly
what to guard against if we are to forestall the concocting of similar medicine
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in America,” for obvious and subtle reasons, rhetorical scholars, with a few
exceptions, have tended to shy away from engaging Hitler’s manifesto, or its
wider implications about genocide and rhetoric, in any hermeneutic depth.
This seminar will not be so shy.
Participants: Bryan Blankfield, David Dzikowski, David Isaksen, Ethan Spro-
at, Jared Colton, Jim Klumpp, Lauren Mitchell, Nate Kreuter, Patricia Fancher,
Rick Coe, Sasha McNicoll, Dmitri Stanchevici, Stephen McElroy, Steve Holmes

Mining Burkean Archives


Ann George
Texas Christian University

Archival research is changing the face of Burke studies. In the past decade,
a host of essays and books have demonstrated how the archives ask us to
reexamine what we “know” about Burke by reexamining how we’ve come to
this knowledge. Archives, that is, changewhat we study (his rhetorical strate-
gies as well as his theory, how he wrote as well as what he wrote) and how we
study, enabling us to employ Burke’s methodologies—to read dramatistically,
to “use everything.” And, then, archives help us begin to define what “every-
thing” means in each case.This seminar will enable participants to explore,
practically and theoretically, the potential for and the limitations of creating
new understandings of Burke via his archives.
Participants: Dmitri Stanchevici, Erin Wais-Hennen, Glen Southergill, Helen
Rapoport, Nathaniel Rivers, Paul Berry, Ryan Weber, Stephen Lind, Steven
Mailloux, Dieter Boxmann, William Schraufnagel

Officers of the Kenneth Burke Society


President: Ann George, Texas Christian University
Immediate Past-President: Robert Wess, Oregon State University
Vice President: Clarke Rountree, University of Alabama, Huntsville
Treasurer: Virginia Anderson, Indiana University Southeast
Secretary: Elvera Berry, Roberts Wesleyan College
Editor of Publications: Andrew King, Louisiana State University

Awards of the Kenneth Burke Society


The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes extraordinary achievement in
Burke studies over a number of years. Previous recipients are Leland Griffin
(1990); William Rueckert (1993); Bernard Brock (1993); James Chesebro
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(1999); Tim Crusius (2002); Jack Selzer (2005); Wayne Booth, Michael
Burke, Julie Whitaker (2008).

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes extraordinary service to the So-


ciety. Previous recipients are Sharon Dailey (1990), James Chesebro (1993),
Dale Bertelson (1996), Robert Wess (1999), Clarke Rountree (2002), David
Blakesley (2005), Mark Huglen (2008).

The Emerging Scholar Award recognizes the extraordinary promise of the


work of a young scholar. Recipients in the past have included both senior
graduate students and new assistant professors. Previous recipients are Dale
Bertelson (1993), Mark Wright (1996), Mark Meister and Glenn Stillar
(1999), Debra Hawhee (2002), Ryan Weber and Nathaniel Rivers (2005),
Elizabeth Weiser (2008).

Journal of the Kenneth Burke Society


Founded in 2004, KB Journal publishes original scholarship that addresses,
applies, repurposes, or challenges the teachings of Kenneth Burke, which in-
clude his major books and hundreds of articles, as well as the growing corpus
of scholarship about him. Nurturing interdisciplinary understanding, devel-
opment, and community across communication, composition, English, gen-
der, literature, philosophy, psychology, sociology, technical writing, rhetoric,
and more, KB Journal’s mission is to build some stable knowledge to foster a
better world.

Editors
2008-2011: Andrew King
2004-2008: Clarke Rountree and Mark Huglen

Web Devlopers
2008-2011: Nathaniel Rivers and Ryan Weber
2004-2008: David Blakesley

KB Discussion List
The KB Discussion List (originally Burke-L) was launched in January, 1998.
You can join here: https://lists.purdue.edu/mailman/listinfo/kb. The founder
and moderator is David Blakesley.
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Thursday, May 26

3:00 – 7:00 pm
Martin Inn Passageway
Registration Table Open
Exhibits Open

5:00 – 6:30 pm
Seminar Meetings 1
Seminar Room 1
Burke and Law (Leader: Clarke Rountree)
Meeting Rooms 1 & 2
Race-ing Burke (Leader: Bryan Crable)
Seminar Room 2
Burke and Education (Leaders: Elvera Berry and Peter M. Smudde)
Executive Boardroom
Burke, “Hitler’s ‘Battle’” and Beyond (Leader: Steve Katz)
Teleconference Room
Mining Burkean Archives (Leader: Ann George)

7:00 - 9:00 pm
Welcome Reception
Martin Inn Passageway and Patio (by Registration Table)

9:00 pm - ?
After hours parlor in Hospitality Suite 430
10 Friday, May 27, 2011

Friday, May 27
Auditorium Quad
Registration and exhibits open from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

A: Concurrent Sessions (8:30 - 9:45 am)


A.1 Seminar Room 1
Featured Session
Burke in the Archives: Using the Past to Transform the Future of Burkean
Studies
Dana Anderson, Indiana University
Jessica Enoch, University of Pittsburgh
Ann George, Texas Christian University
Jeff Pruchnic, Wayne State University

A.2 Seminar Room 2


Rhetorics of Work
Chair: Erin Wais-Hennen, Lindsay Wilson College
Frédérique Chave, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, France
“All the Emergency Room’s a Stage”
Alexandra Bidet, Centre Maurice Halbwachs CNRS, France
“From Dewey to Burke: New Perspectives on Communication at Work”
Sarah Whyte, University of Waterloo
“Introducing Team Briefings in the Operating Theatre: A Pentadic Ethnog-
raphy of Social Change”

A.3 Teleconference Room


Burke and the Good Life
Ron Roach, Young Harris College
“Lucky Strikes and Gray Flannel: TV’s Mad Men as Redemptive Drama”
Stan A. Lindsay, Florida State University
“Disney’s “Tangled” Take on Parent-Child Separation”
Stephen McElroy, Florida State University
“Identifying With the NFL: The Rhetoric of Sunday’s “Battle””
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A.4 Meeting Rooms 1 and 2
Rhetorics of Identification
Chair: Virginia Anderson, Indiana University Southeast
Walter Iriarte, Clemson University
“Devising an Image: Burke’s Identification as Pedagogy”
Camille Kaminski Lewis, Independent Scholar
“‘The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same’—Coding and
Exploding “Segregation” into Thousands of “Separations””
Scott Gage, Florida State University
“Intimate Horrors: Lynching Postcards and the Role of Personalization in
Burke’s Theory of Consubstantiality”

A.5 Meeting Rooms 3 and 4


Burke and the Good Life
Chair: David Dzikowski, Penn State University
Lorin Milotta, Texas Christian University
“Perspective by Incongruity: Burke as Personal Trainer”
Nicole E. Green, Texas Christian University
“Prom, the “Big Game,” Homecoming, and Becoming Symbol-Wise?: A
Case for Kenneth Burke in the High School Classroom”
Cherise Bacalski, Brigham Young University
“‘being alive, we seek to live’: The Body and Aesthetic Experience”

9:45 - 10:15 am
Auditorium Quad
Refreshment Break

B: Concurrent Sessions (10:15-11:30 am)


B.1 Seminar Room 1
Eco-Rhetoric I: Using Burke to Counter
‘Pollution’ with ‘a Totally Different Magic’
Chair: Rick Coe, Simon Fraser University
Rick Coe, Simon Fraser University
“Using Burkean Rhetoric to Save Nature from Culture: A Draft Program
for Intellectuals, Artists, and Activists”
Nathaniel Rivers, Georgetown University
“Action Constituting Motion: Revisiting Burke to Revive Ecology”
12 Friday, May 27, 2011
Robert Wess, Oregon State University
“Burke and the Current Crisis in Ecocriticism”

B.2 Seminar Room 2


Pedagogy
Chair: Kris Rutten, Ghent University
Ashley Watson, Purdue University
“The Isolated Pentad: Composition Textbooks’ Evolving Adaptations of
Kenneth Burke’s Dramatism”
Emily Ligon, Clemson University
“Theory in Action: Putting Terministic Screens into Practice”
Jacob Robertson, University of Houston
“The Dramatistic Classroom: Burkean Grammatics as Critical Pedagogy”

B.3 Teleconference Room


Spatial Rhetorics
Chair: Yuanrong Ding, Clemson University
Gretchen Underwood, Penn State University
“To Go Where No (Hu)Man Has Gone Before: A Dramatistic Analysis of
Presidential Discourse on Space”
Josh Mehler, Florida State University
“The Human Barnyard: Kenneth Burke, Time Geography, and the “Spatial
Turn””
Katherine Bridgman, Florida State University
“Re-“Fitting” Scene: Identification”

B.4 Meeting Room 1 and 2


Rhetorics of War and Peace
Chair: Scot Barnett, Clemson University
Dmitri Stanchevici, University of Memphis
“The Constitution of Order in the Reports of Stalin’s Secret Police”
James J. Kimble, Seton Hall University
“Ad Pacem Purificandam: Toward a Burkean Perspective on the Rhetoric of
Rehumanization”
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Nate Kreuter, Western Carolina University
“Ingenuous and Cunning Identification: How the Pallor of Unnoticable-
ness Facilitated the Invasion of Iraq in 2003”

B.5 Meeting Rooms 3 and 4


Rhetorical Theory
Chair: Steve Katz, Clemson University
Jason Maxwell, Penn State University
“Kenneth Burke at the Limits of Pluralism”
Ethan Sproat, Purdue University
“The Ethic of “Bringing Together:” Sympheron and the Expediency of
Democratic Inefficiency”
Michael DuPuis, University of Pittsburgh
“Kenneth Burke and the Democratic Tradition”
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Ballroom A & B
Lunch: Keynote Speaker
Scott McLemee, Inside Higher Ed
“Motives of the Public Intellectual; or, Confessions of an Unlicensed
Burkean”
Scott McLemee writes the weekly column “Intellectual Affairs” for Inside
Higher Ed. He was a contributing editor at Lingua Franca and he covered
the humanities as a senior writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education. In
2004, he received the National Book Critics Circle Award for excellence in
reviewing, and began serving on that organization’s board of directors in
2008. Besides editing two volumes of writings by C. L. R. James, he has
contributed to numerous magazines and newspapers in the United States
and abroad. He discovered Kenneth Burke in adolescence, which was not
recently. Read Scott’s article on Burke, “A Puzzling Figure in Literary Criti-
cism Is Suddenly Central” at the Chronicle of Higher Education website,
http://chronicle.com/article/A-Puzzling-Figure-in-Literary/15407.

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Seminar Meetings 2
Seminar Room 1
Seminar Room 1
Burke and Law (Leader: Clarke Rountree)
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Meeting Rooms 1 & 2
Race-ing Burke (Leader: Bryan Crable)
Seminar Room 2
Burke and Education (Leaders: Elvera Berry and Peter M. Smudde)
Executive Boardroom
Burke, “Hitler’s ‘Battle’” and Beyond (Leader: Steve Katz)
Teleconference Room
Mining Burkean Archives (Leader: Ann George)

2:30 - 3:00 pm
Auditorium Quad
Refreshment Break

C: Concurrent Sessions (3:00-4:15 pm)


C.1 Seminar Room 1
The Dialectical Imagination: Burke and Western Marxism
Chair: Robert Wess, Oregon State University
David Cratis Williams, Florida Atlantic University
“Marxist Flirtations of Kenneth Burke in the 1930’s”
Greig Henderson, University of Toronto
“Dramatism and Dialogism: Burke, Bakhtin, and the Languages of Social
Change”

C.2 Seminar Room 2


Political Rhetoric
Chair: Jean Costanza Miller, The George Washington University
Brandon Inabinet, Furman University
“Burke & the Politics of President Obama’s Empathic Civility: Mere Per-
suasion Over Identification”
Connie Johnson, University of Texas at Austin
“Perfecting a More Perfect Union with Crocodile Tears: Barack Obama and
the Jeremiah Wright Legacy”
James F. Klumpp, University of Maryland
“What We Are: Textures of Identification in Barack Obama’s Arizona
Elegy”
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C.3 Teleconference Room
Institutional Rhetorics
Chair: Cherise Bacalski, Brigham Young University
Brita Dooghan, University of Pittsburgh
“Academic Battle Royals: Kenneth Burke’s Intervention in Interdisciplinary
Conflicts”
Jefferey Taylor, Metropolitan State College of Denver
“Resisting Atomized Subordination: Using Burke and Douglas to Counter
the Machinations of Invisible Power”
Katherine Tanski, Purdue University
“Entering the Parlor: Burke, Rhetoric, and Interdisciplinarity”

C.4 Meeting Room 1 and 2


Transitional Rhetorics
Chair: Cynthia Haynes, Clemson University
Virginia Anderson, Indiana University Southeast
“Always with Us: Death, Taxes, and Division”
Kris Rutten, Ghent University and Ronald Soetaert, Ghent University
“The Rhetoric of Education and Religion: Allowing or Prohibiting the
Headscarf?”
Nicholas Romeu, Villanova University
“Leaving Never-Never Land: Symbolic Rebirth, Conflict, and Reconcilia-
tion”

C.5 Meeting Rooms 3 and 4


Terministic Rhetorics
Chair: Jan Holmevik, Clemson University
Dries Vrijders, Villanova University
“The Case of Burke’s Anecdotes: Burke’s Views on Narrative as the “Tem-
porizing of Essence””
Lavinia Hirsu, Indiana University
“An Incommensurate Proposal on Identity and Identifications”
Odile Hobeika, University of Pittsburgh
“Objectification: The Scapegoated Subject”
16 Friday, May 27, 2011

Featured Sessions (4:30 – 5:30 pm)


Auditorium
The 25th Anniversary Edition of
Conversations with Kenneth Burke
Ethan Sproat, Purdue University
Joel Overall, Texas Christian University
In this featured session, Ethan Sproat and Joel Overall tell the story of the
digitization and transcription of Conversations with Kenneth Burke. Until re-
cently the interviews were only available in various analog formats from the
University of Iowa. This DVD project, which will be available through the
Kenneth Burke Society in the next year.

Seminar Room 1
“Equipment for Living: Behind the Scenes”
Nathaniel Rivers, Georgetown University
Ryan Weber, Penn State Altoona
This panel provides the backstory on the collection Equipment for Living:
The Literary Reviews of Kenneth Burke. The panel details the detective work
necessary to obtain permissions from many now-extinct publications—detec-
tive work that included a call to Penthouse Magazine. Based on this experi-
ence and archival research, Nathaniel Rivers and Ryan Weber will also discuss
how Burke’s reviews fit in the world of the Little Magazines of the 1920s
and 1930s (and as a bonus anecdote, learn which publication had a dispute
with Burke about providing free copies of reviewed books). Beyond these
magazines, the presenters place Burke’s reviews within the larger canon of his
work, arguing for their importance as precursors to his later thought and as
insightful essays in their own right.

6:00 - 9:00 pm
Barbecue, Michael Burke Reading, Open-Mic Night
Pavillion (Outdoors)
Michael Burke will be reading from his new novel, Music of the Spheres.
After the reading, he’ll be signing copies of this novel and the first in the
“Blue” Heron series, Swan Dive.

9:00 pm - ?
After hours parlor in Hospitality Suite 430
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Saturday, May 28
Auditorium Quad
Registration and Exhibits open from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

D: Concurrent Sessions (8:30-9:45 am)


D.1 Seminar Room 1
Rhetoric and Medicine
Chair: Scott Mogull, Clemson University
Joy M. Cypher, “Technology and the Perfect Face: Transplanting Burke
and Disability”
Ronald Soetaert, Ghent University and Kris Rutten, Ghent University
“Literature as Equipment and Medicine”
Dieter Boxmann, University of Iowa
“The Logology of Assisted Death: Terms Bearing the Burden of How We
Live and Die with Medicine”

D.2 Seminar Room 2


The Permanence of Change: Burke in Transition
Chair: Nathaniel Rivers, Georgetown University
Jeff Pruchnic, Wayne State University
“Burke and the ‘End(s)’ of Humanism: Rhetoric, Revision, Propaganda”
Antonio Ceraso, DePaul University
“In Highly Transitional Eras’: Situating Burke in the Transition Debates”
Michael John Ristich, Wayne State University
“Rhetoric and Revolution, or, the Anarchist Burke”

D.3 Teleconference Room


Audio-Visual Rhetorics
Chair: Lavinia Hirsu, Indiana University
David Stacey, Humboldt State University
“Reading and Writing about Jazz and Rhetoric with Kenneth Burke”
Paul Berry, Yale School of Music
“Gestures of Self-Effacement in a Brahms Intermezzo: Burke and the His-
toriography of Musical Détente”
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Joyce Irene Middleton, East Carolina University
“The Hyperlink Film: Visual Rhetoric and Identification in Film”

D.4 Meeting Room 1 and 2


Political Rhetoric
Jean Costanza Miller, The George Washington University
“From the Parlor to the Barnyard: Obama and Holder in Dialogic Tension”
Erin Wais-Hennen, Lindsay Wilson College
“‘It’s our God-given right to burn coal’: Hyperbole and Clean Coal Dis-
course”

D.5 Meeting Rooms 3 and 4


Attitudes Toward the Future
Chair: Victor Vitanza, Clemson University
Steven Keoni Holmes, Clemson University
“The Object’s Attitude: Scenes without (Human) Actors”
Glen Southergill, Clemson University
“Instinct in a Dramatistic Gaming Situation”
Sergio Figueiredo, Clemson University
“Future Perspectives by Incongruity: A Burkean Response to the 9/11
Commission Report”

9:45 - 10:15 am
Auditorium Quad
Refreshment Break

E: Concurrent Sessions (10:15 - 11:30 am)


E.1 Seminar Room 1
Searching for Motives in Film, Drama, and Speech
Chair: Clarke Rountree, University of Alabama, Huntsville
David Dzikowski, Penn State University
“The Razor’s Edge: A Journey through Different Pentadic Ratios”
Martin Jacobi, Clemson University
“Scenic Realism and the Pessimism of David Hare’s Recent Drama”
Simone McGrath, University of Alabama, Huntsville
“Freeing the Lockerbie Bomber: The Contested Motives of Scottish Justice
Secretary Kenny MacAskill”
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E.2 Seminar Room 2
Eco-Rhetoric II: Using Burke to Counter
‘Pollution’ with ‘a Totally Different Magic’
Chair: Rick Coe, Simon Fraser University
Jose Manuel Cortez, Eastern Washington University
“Attitudes Toward Nature: A Logologic Analysis of British Petroleum’s
Environmental Disaster Rhetoric”
Alexandra McNicoll, Food Secure Canada
“A Burkian Analysis of Tar Sands Rhetoric”
Jessica Sheffield, University of South Carolina
“Champion of Champions: Harry Hampton and the Movement to Save
Congaree”

E.2 Seminar Room 2


Rhetorics of Utopia and Dystopia
Chair: William FitzGerald, Rutgers University
AmyLea Clemons, Francis Marion University
“‘It Gets Better’: Utopian Rhetoric and Burke’s Symbolic Action”
Brian O’Sullivan, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
“The Ecology of The Waste Land: Negation and Social Change”

E.3 Teleconference Room


Archival Burke
Chair: Victor Vitanza, Clemson University
Ryan Weber, Penn State Altoona
“Kenneth Burke vs. the Legion of Indecency!!!”
Steven Mailloux, Loyola Marymount University
“Gods and Dogs: Conferencing with Kenneth Burke on Language and
Religion”

E.4 Meeting Room 1 and 2


Literary Theory and Analysis
Laura E. Rutland, Gannon University
“Merger, Sacrifice, and the Kill in Sharon Olds’ “Rites of Passage””
Miriam Marty Clark, Auburn University
“Pragmatism, Poetry, and A Grammar of Motives”
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Satish Gupta, WR Govt. College (India)
“Kenneth Burke’s The Rhetoric of Religion and Charu Sheel Singh’s Con-
centric Imagination: Modalities of Intention and Idiom”

E.5 Meeting Rooms 3 and 4


Public Rhetorics
Adiel Suarez-Murias, Florida Atlantic University
“Honor, Sanity, and Change: A Rhetorical Analysis of the “Rally to Restore
Honor” and the “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear””
Peter DuPuis, College of Charleston
“A War Against Themselves That You Will Surely Lose: Using Kenneth
Burke’s Theory of Identification to Explain the Rhetoric of the West-
boro Baptist Church”
Helen Rapoport, Columbia College
“Is There a Price to Pay for Free Speech?”

11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Ballroom A & B
Lunch (Sandwich Buffet)

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Seminar Meetings 3
Seminar Room 1
Burke and Law (Leader: Clarke Rountree)
Meeting Rooms 1 &2
Race-ing Burke (Leader: Bryan Crable)
Seminar Room 2
Burke and Education (Leaders: Elvera Berry and Peter M. Smudde)
Executive Boardroom
Burke, “Hitler’s ‘Battle’” and Beyond (Leader: Steve Katz)
Teleconference Room
Mining Burkean Archives (Leader Ann George)

2:30 - 3:00 pm
Auditorium Quad
Refreshment Break
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F: Concurrent Sessions (3:00 – 4:15 pm)
F.1 Seminar Room 1
Theorizing the Pentad for Criticism,
Prayer, and Political Ideology
Chair: Clarke Rountree, University of Alabama, Huntsville
William FitzGerald, Rutgers University
“Kenneth Burke, Reinhold Niebuhr and the Pragmatics of Prayer: A Dra-
matistic Reading of the “Serenity Prayer”
Clarke Rountree, University of Alabama, Huntsville
“When Actions Collide: Pentadic Constructions Spanning Different Acts,”
Mark Huglen, University of Minnesota, Crookston
“How the Pentad Functions in a Theory of Political Ideology”

F.2 Seminar Room 2


Burke and Multimodality
Chair: Tharon Howard, Clemson University
Joel Overall, Texas Christian University
“Yes We Can, Can, Can’: Kenneth Burke’s Aural Rhetoric”
Joshua Daniel-Wariya, Texas Christian University
“‘We Are the One’s We’ve Been Waiting For’: Timelessness in Digital
Cinema”

Teleconference Room
The Dynamics of Change
Chair: Jessica Sheffield, University of South Carolina
Manuel Boutet, Université de Paris Ouest la Défense, Paris, France
“Avatars in the Realm of Gargoyles: Incongruity and Orientation in Digital
Worlds”
Erik Garrett, Duquesne University
“Permanence and Change and the Book of Change--I Ching”
Richard H. Thames, Duquesne University
“Recalcitrance and Revolutionary Change: The Material/Ideal Dialectic in
Science and Culture” [Posted online]”
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F.4 Meeting Roooms 3 and 4
Rhetorics of Indeterminisim
Chair: David Stacey, Humboldt State University
Bryan Blankfield, Penn State University
“Escaping the Skinner Box: Kenneth Burke, Behaviorism, and (Nonsym-
bolic) Motion/(Symbolic) Action”
Scott McLemee, Inside Higher Ed
“Burke and Calverton on Cultural Compulsives”
William Schraufnagel, Penn State University
“Kenneth Burke’s Auscultation: Aesthetic and Economic Criticism”

F.5 Meeting Room 1 and 2 (3:00 - 4:45 pm)


Indexing the Rise and Fall of a Friendship:
Archival Research into the Kenneth Burke and
Wayne C. Booth Letter Correspondence
Chair: Elvera Berry, Roberts Wesleyan College
Aimee Robison, Brigham Young University
“Friends Share One’s Sorrows: Burke, Booth, and the Rhetoric of Forgive-
ness”
Andrew Wells, Brigham Young University
“Do Words Think For Us? Free Will and Literary Determinism in the
Burke/Booth Correspondence”
David Isakson, Brigham Young University
“Indexing Burke and Booth: A Dramatistic Analysis of the Burke/Booth
Correspondence”
Cherise Bacalski and Shannon Stimpson, Brigham Young University
“Considering Content: Booth’s Moralizing Extension of the Burkeian
System”
Celeste Zsembery, Brigham Young University
“Consummation: Achieving Self-Consistent Connections through Burke’s
Symbolic Action and Booth’s Listening Rhetoric”

4:15 - 5:00 pm
Break (on your own)
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5:00 - 6:00 pm
Featured Session
Cash Bar
Auditorium
Screening Burke
Stephen Lind, Clemson University
“Kenneth Burke: 2-Minute Thinker”
A two-minute video summary of Kenneth Burke and launch of the
2-Minute Thinker YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.
com/2MinuteThinker
Jimmy Butts, Clemson University
“Three Film Adaptations of Kenneth Burke Short Stories”
“Parabolic Tale, with Invocation”
“The Excursion”
“Scherzando”
Both presenters will screen original films about or adapting Kenneth Burke’s
work, with discussion and cash bar.

6:00 - 8:30 pm
Banquet, Keynote Address, and Awards Ceremony
Keynote Address
Jack Selzer, Penn State University
“Kenneth Burke, MLK, and Me: Taking a Comic Perspective on August
28, 1963”
Jack Selzer earned the Kenneth Burke Society Lifetime Achievement Award
in 2005 for service to the organization, for mentoring colleagues and grad-
uate students in their archival research on Burke, and for his publications
Kenneth Burke in Greenwich Village (Wisconsin, 1997); Kenneth Burke in the
1930s (South Carolina, 2007, with Ann George); and Kenneth Burke and His
Circles (Parlor, 2007, edited with Robert Wess). Currently past president of
the Rhetoric Society of America, he has taught courses on rhetoric, composi-
tion, technical writing, and Kenneth Burke at Penn State since 1978. He is
currently working with Keith Gilyard on a book on the rhetoric of the civil
rights movement, and researching another book on Burke’s later career.

Awards Presentation to follow . . .


9:00 pm - ?
After hours parlor in Hospitality Suite 430
24 Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sunday, May 29
8:30 – 9:30 am
Seminar Meetings 4
Seminar Room 1
Burke and Law (Leader: Clarke Rountree)
Meeting Rooms 1 &2
Race-ing Burke (Leader: Bryan Crable)
Seminar Room 2
Burke and Education (Leaders: Elvera Berry and Peter M. Smudde)
Executive Boardroom
Burke, “Hitler’s ‘Battle’” and Beyond (Leader: Steve Katz)
Teleconference Room
Mining Burkean Archives (Leader Ann George)

9:30 – 9:45 am
Auditorium Quad
Refreshment Break

9:45 – 10:45 am
Auditorium
Kenneth Burke Society General Meeting
General Meeting Agenda
1. Approval of minutes from 2008 meeting.
2. Reports: Treasurer, 2008 Planner, KB Journal editor
3. Election of New Officers: Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary
4. Dues and Membership Benefits
Proposal to raise dues
What can we offer members for the dues they pay?
Should membership be required to participate in the conference? If not,
how much of a break should members get on the registration fee?
5. Proposal for New Award (Best KB Journal Article of the Year) and Awards
Criteria
6. Conference planning for 2014
7. Constitutional Amendments
8. Announcements: Ad Hoc Graduate Student Committee, KB DVD, Iowa
Interviews DVD
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11:00 am – Noon
Executive Boardroom
Kenneth Burke Society Officers Meeting

Noon – 12:30 pm
Auditorium Quad
Box lunches (pick-up and go)

1:00 – 5:30 pm
Golf Outing, Walker Golf Course
Email dblakes@clemson.edu if you want to play; players are responsible for
their own green fees, club rental, etc.
Tee times have been booked for 1:30 and 1:40 pm. Meet at the Walker Club-
house.

7:00 pm - ?
Post-Conference Pool Party, hosted by Parlor Press
Directions to David Blakesley’s House/Parlor Press (20 minutes east of
Clemson)
3015 Brackenberry Drive
Anderson, SC 29621
864-760-1126 (h)
765-409-2649 (c)

Google Maps: http://goo.gl/cM3Rn

Parking: along Brackenberry Drive, going up the hill. The driveway is huge,
so there’s some spaces there.

From Clemson (20 minutes):

Option 1: take 76 (Clemson Blvd) toward Anderson, turn left on Brown Road
(by the big WalMart). Go ~2 miles on Brown Rd., turn left on Plum Lane
into the Harper’s Ridge subdivision. Follow Plum until you come to Bracken-
berry, the second left. Our house is on the corner of Plum and Brackenberry
and will be looking right at you from up on the hill. “3015” is written in
big numbers on the front door. People can come in the front door or just go
straight to the pool out back (the walkway by the garage.
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Option 2: Take Hwy 28 (Pendleton Road . Mechanic St.) to Pendleton. Turn
left on E. Main St. (SR 29) at the Pendleton Square, toward Anderson. E.
Main St. turns into Lebanon Road, which will eventually become Harris
Bridge Road as you get closer to Anderson. Go over I-85 and take the first
right on Little Creek Road. Follow Little Creek about ~1/2 mile, then take
a left on Plum Lane, then a fairly quick right on Brackenberry Drive. The
house is on the corner, 3015, on the hill.
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Index of
Participants
Abboud, Josh, 2, 3 Hirsu, Lavinia, 6, 15, 17
Anderson, Dana, 10 Hobeika, Odile, 5, 15
Anderson, Virginia, 3, 5, 7, 11, 15 Holmes, Steven Keoni, 18
Bacalski, Cherise, 5, 11, 15, 22 Holmevik, Jan, 2, 15
Barnett, Scot, 2, 12 Howard, Tharon, 2, 21
Berry, Elvera, 3, 6, 7, 9, 14, 20, 22, 24 Huglen, Mark, 8, 21
Berry, Paul, 7, 17 Inabinet, Brandon, 5, 14
Bidet, Alexandra, 10 Iriarte, Walter, 3, 11
Blakesley, David, 3, 8, 25 Isakson, David, 22
Blankfield, Bryan, 7, 22 Jacobi, Martin, 2, 18
Boutet, Manuel, 21 Johnson, Connie, 6, 14
Boxmann, Dieter, 7, 17 Justice, Angie, 2
Bridgman, Katherine, 12 Katz, Steve, 2, 6, 9, 13, 14, 20, 24
Burke, Michael, 2, 8, 16 Kimble, James J., 12
Butts, Jimmy, 3, 6, 23 Klumpp, James F., 14
Ceraso, Antonio, 17 Kreuter, Nate, 7, 13
Chave, Frédérique, 10 Lewis, Camille Kaminski, 11
Clark, Miriam Marty, 19 Ligon, Emily, 3, 12
Clemons, AmyLea, 3, 6, 19 Lind, Stephen, 3, 7, 23
Coe, Rick, 7, 11, 19 Lindsay, Stan A., 10
Colton, Jared, 3, 7 Mailloux, Steven, 7, 19
Cortez, Jose Manuel, 19 Maxwell, Jason, 5, 13
Crable, Bryan, 3, 5, 9, 14, 20, 24 McElroy, Stephen, 7, 10
Daniel-Wariya, Joshua, 21 McGrath, Simone, 5, 18
Ding, Yuanrong, 3, 6, 12 McLemee, Scott, 4, 13, 22
Dooghan, Brita, 15 McNicoll, Alexandra, 19
DuPuis, Michael, 6, 13 Mehler, Josh, 12
DuPuis, Peter, 20 Middleton, Joyce Irene, 18
Dzikowski, David, 7, 11, 18 Miller, Jean Costanza, 14, 18
Enoch, Jessica, 10 Milotta, Lorin, 6, 11
Fancher, Patricia, 3, 7 Mitchell, Lauren, 3, 7
Figueiredo, Sergio, 18 Mogull, Scott, 17
FitzGerald, William, 19, 21 O’Sullivan Brian, 19
Gage, Scott, 6, 11 Overall, Joel, 3, 6, 16, 21
Garrett, Erik, 21 Pruchnic, Jeff, 10, 17
George, Ann, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 14, 20, 23, Rapoport, Helen, 7, 20
24 Ristich, Michael John, 17
Green, Nicole E., 11 Rivers, Nathaniel, 3, 7, 8, 11, 16, 17
Gupta, Satish, 20 Roach, Ron, 6, 10
Haynes, Cynthia, 2, 15 Robertson, Jacob, 6, 12
Henderson, Greig, 5, 14 Robison, Aimee, 6, 22
28 Index of Participants
Romeu, Nicholas, 6, 15 Tanski, Katherine, 15
Rountree, Clark, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 13, 18, Taylor, Jefferey, 6, 15
20, 21, 24 Thames, Richard, 21
Rutland, Laura E., 19 Underwood, Gretchen, 12
Rutten, Kris, 12, 15, 17 Vitanza, Victor, 2, 3, 18, 19
Schraufnagel, William, 7, 22 Vrijders, Dries, 5, 15
Sheffield, Jessica, 6, 19, 21 Wais-Hennen, Erin, 7, 10, 18
Smudde, Peter M., 6, 9, 14, 20, 24 Watson, Ashley, 12
Soetaert, Ronald, 15, 17 Weber, Ryan, 3, 7, 8, 16, 19
Southergill, Glen, 3, 7, 18 Wells, Andrew, 22
Sproat, Ethan, 3, 7, 13, 16 Wess, Robert, 4, 7, 8, 12, 14, 23
Stacey, David, 6, 17, 22 Whyte, Sarah, 6, 10
Stanchevici, Dmitri, 7, 12 Williams, David Cratis, 14
Stimpson, Shannon, 22 Zsembery, Celeste, 22
Suarez-Murias, 6, 20
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