Applied Rhetoric Collaborative

2020 Symposium on Applied Rhetoric

Utah Valley Convention Center

Provo, Utah

June 5-6, 2020

Our symposium is a vibrant mix of topics, but the common thread is the use of rhetoric to do something useful. View the program from our 2019 symposium and 2018 symposium to see what that means. Then mark your calendar to join us next year.

What is the Applied Rhetoric Collaborative?

We are an informal alliance of scholars, teachers, and practitioners of rhetoric.

In June 2018, an interdisciplinary group of scholars from across the U.S. gathered to discuss the characteristics that link their work. This link, 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.

Applied rhetoric links business, technical, scientific, and professional communication approaches to communication through their shared rhetorical foundations and their focus on praxis. This combination of classical rhetoric and public action provides a way to move our work beyond the confines of the academy and actively engage in the work of rhetoric within the communities where we work, live, and research. Applied rhetoric (as an organization, a discipline, and a professional identity) is uniquely positioned to clarify ideas that help people accomplish things, to explicitly connect research to teaching, and to be a force for good in the world.