Applied Rhetoric Collaborative

2020 Symposium on Applied Rhetoric

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Applied Rhetoric Collaborative (ARC) will host our 2020 Symposium online.

The first of several virtual events will take place on Zoom, June 6 from 1–4 p.m. EDT. Participation is free for all.

Our symposia are a vibrant mix of topics, but the common thread is the use of rhetoric to do something useful. View the programs from our 2019 symposium and 2018 symposium to see what that means.

What is the Applied Rhetoric Collaborative?

The Applied Rhetoric Collaborative is an ongoing gathering of people who enact a particular type of rhetorical work (applied rhetoric) in their professional and/or non-professional spaces. The ARC offers a para-professional space for support, feedback, collaboration, and encouragement to those who seek to solve problems and achieve positive ends in communities. These meetings are held via a yearly symposium and ongoing digital connections.

Applied rhetoric: Our evolving definition of applied rhetoric is that it is a rhetorically-grounded method for and study of action-oriented research, teaching, and service in live situations that seeks to solve problems and achieve positive ends in communities.

ARC History: In June 2018, an interdisciplinary group of scholars from across the U.S. gathered to discuss the characteristics that link their work. We determined that this link was the application of rhetoric to problems at work, in our classrooms, in our communities, and in our public and private lives. We envisioned a new professional organization that might give us a place to have conversations that cross existing disciplinary lines. We met again in May 2019 and continued to refine our understanding of applied rhetoric and the many ways it can be a force for good in the world. The 2020 symposia will continue this work in virtual environments.