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Eloquentia perfecta ex machina

Perfect Eloquence from the Machine

 
 

The Podcast

 

A podcast by and for the Writing Program at Saint Louis University produced in conjunction with the Computer Assisted Instruction Lab. We interview instructors about how and why they use multimodal approaches to the teaching of rhetoric and composition. We also have instructors interview other instructors about the nuts and bolts of particular tools and assignments.

Episodes: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Bonus | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11

 
 

 
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In our first episode, Dr. Nathaniel Rivers (Coordinator of the Computer Assisted Instruction Lab) interviews Dr. Paul Lynch (Coordinator of the Writing Program) about his approach to running the writing program and teaching as well as how multimodal composition is part and parcel of the Jesuit rhetorical tradition, which is alive and well at Saint Louis University.

 

 
 
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In our second episode, Lauren Terbrock (a doctoral student in rhetoric and composition) sits down with Dr. Heather Bozant Witcher (Assistant Professor of English) to discuss Heather's approach to teaching with new media technologies. In particular, Heather describes the role of new media in cultivating collaboration and creativity.

 

 
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In our third episode, Lauren Terbrock (a doctoral student in rhetoric and composition) sits back down with Dr. Heather Bozant Witcher (Assistant Professor of English) to discuss a specific project Heather has assigned in ENGL 1900: a podcast version of the Dissoi Logoi project discussed in Episode One.

 

 
 
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In our forth episode, Dr. Nathaniel Rivers (Coordinator of the Computer Assisted Instruction Lab) sits down with himself to discuss using Tumblr to organize his ENGL 1900 courses. For examples of courses using Tumblr click here (ENGL 1900) and here (ENGL 2650).

 

 
 
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In our fifth episode, Dr. Nathaniel Rivers sits down with Christina Hildebrandt (Instructor and English doctoral candidate) to discuss how Christina uses multimodal projects in both literature and composition courses. This episode also focuses on non-digital projects that resonate with particular course themes. 

 

 
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We are pleased to present, in its entirety, "The Frankensong," which written, produced and performed by a student in one of Christina Hildebrandt's 2000-level literature courses. This song was discussed in Episode Five ("An Interview with Christina Hildebrandt").

 

 
 
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In our sixth episode Lauren Terbrock (a doctoral student in rhetoric and composition) sits down with Byron Gilman-Hernandez (a doctoral student in rhetoric and composition) to discuss his exploration of "stealing" in the context of pedagogy, which involved Byron interviewing several writing program instructors.


 
 
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With our seventh episode, we are pleased to rebroadcast an audio essay composed and performed by SLU's own Abigail Lambke (Assistant Professor of English at Avila University) for the journal Harlot. Of this audio essay, she writes, "Many of us are familiar with the name Walter Ong, and some of us have read him, either pieces of his famous Orality and Literacy, or the often anthologized “The Writer’s Audience is Always a Fiction.” Ong’s scholarship was concerned with sound, with the transition from oral culture to literate culture, and the way technology impacts communication. In that way, Ong was a forerunner of Sonic Rhetorics because his scholarship suggests how sounded words, or oral/aural words, affect the relationship of language to knowledge. Many of us have read him, but how many have listened to him? I mean listened not metaphorically, but literally listened to his voice. In this audio essay, I contend that in listening to Walter Ong, we can expand our understanding of his scholarship and approach to sonic rhetoric"

 
 
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In our eighth episode, Dr. Nathaniel Rivers (Coordinator of the Computer Assisted Instruction Lab) sits down with himself to briefly discuss Field Recording. For examples of audio productions using field recording check out our sister-site Saint Louis Stories.

 

 
 
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Our ninth episode is the first part of a two part round table discussion of the dissoi logoi project as discussed on previous episodes. As part of our department's regular brown bag workshops on teaching, faculty and instructors gathered together to discuss the venerable rhetorical tradition of the dissoi logoi. The round table speakers are, in order of appearance, Paul Lynch, Jen Rust, Joya Uraizee, Nathaniel Rivers, Anne Stiles, and Colten Biro.

 

 
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With episode ten we share the exciting conclusion of our round table on the dissoi logoi project. As part of our department's regular brown bag workshops on teaching, faculty and instructors gathered together to discuss the venerable rhetorical tradition of the dissoi logoi. The round table speakers are, in order of appearance, Jen RustPaul LynchNathaniel RiversJoya Uraizee, Anne Stiles, Colten Biro, Nicole Ramer.

 

 
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With episode 11 we bring you a short audio essay on teaching (with) language communities by Eloquentia Perfect Ex Machine contributor Byron Gilman-Hernandez. Byron describes and reflects upon his use of language communities in the first-year rhetoric and writing classroom.

 
 

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Eloquentia Perfecta Ex Machina is a podcast for but also by the Writing Program at Saint Louis University. If you have a project or an assignment; if you have a tool or platform; if you have an interview you'd like to conduct with a fellow instructor or even students; please share them us and with each other. 

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