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Summer 2004, pages 27 - 38

Institutional and Social Goals for Rhetoric

ABSRACT: This working group asked, "What should be the institutional and social goals for academic rhetoric, both within and beyond the academy?" The question takes significance from rhetoric's peculiar position as both sub-discipline and inter-discipline, as a subject in its own right and a perspective adopted by scholars in many fields, as a practice both valorized and marginalized. The essay reviews this position, describes the work group process, and summarizes recommendations for "staying on message," disciplinary infrastructure, promoting rhetoric within individual institutions, working across disciplinary lines, enhancing pedagogy, pre-collegiate education, and the public face of rhetoric.

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