Beautiful St. Louis at Night

S3S Invades the Parlor at KBS2014

In July, RCID Faculty, Students, and Alumni made a significant impression at the Kenneth Burke Society Conference 2014: Attitudes Towards Technology/Technology’s Attitudes. RCID faculty Steve Katz and David Blakesley presented in sessions and hosted seminars. RCID Alumni Jimmy Butts presented at session. RCID students Data Canlas, Jay Jacobs, Kate Hanzalik, Kathy Elrick, Mari Ramler, and Matthew Osborn presented at numerous sessions.
It was an exciting and illuminating experience, as illustrated by the comments and quotes from the attendees:

As I knew it would be, KBS 2014 in St. Louis gave me the opportunity to witness our talented RCID students putting in their oars, joining the unending conversation of history in the parlor in
grand style.”  ~ David Blakesley

Data gets Dr. Rickert's Signature!
Data gets Dr. Rickert’s Signature!


The highlight for me: After one session featuring RCID students, a Burkeian from across the pond told me, ‘You should be proud.’  I am and we are!” ~ David Blakesley


Overall, I loved getting to see the diversity of how Burke is used, but I particularly enjoyed the panel on Burke and the Chicago Circle with Jack Selzer and Robert Wess” ~ Kathy Elrick

The shirts were cute and soft, and taco night ruled!” ~ Kathy Erick

Ubiquitous selfie with KE and JB
Ubiquitous selfie with KE and JB


Thomas Ricket’s keynote on Parmenides and Nietzsche was excellent. It’s encouraging and inspiring to see established figures in the field not only acknowledging but featuring the aesthetic, the sensible, and the spiritual as relevant dimensions of rhetoric.” ~ Matthew Osborn

The Kenneth Burke Society charmed my socks off. Such fascinating people with such interesting presentations. Music, literature, politics, the apocalypse–we covered it all.” ~ Mari Ramler

I was impressed by the creative and astonishing ways presenters applied Burke’s thought to so many aspects of art, daily life, politics, pedagogy, and technology.” ~ Data Canlas

JJJ Burkeing up Augmented Reality
JJJ Burkeing up Augmented Reality

As a newbie, I felt privileged to be among brilliant Burkean scholars who were so generous with their wisdom, advice and feedback.” ~ Data Canlas

This conference goes on my list of ‘most memorable conferences attended.'” ~ Data Canlas

I heard two different comments, which I’ll have to paraphrase: ‘Your students are impressive;’ and ‘There are so many students from Clemson here! That speaks well of your program.’ I totally agree!” ~ Steve Katz


Data encountering the Arch
Data encountering the Arch

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