Our Organization

The Soclogo1iety of the Third Sophistic is the student body organization of Clemson University’s Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design PhD program. We do a variety of work, including community service and activism, involvement in the graduate student government, hosting the Carolina Rhetorics Conference in tandem with the University of South Carolina and NC State, and serve the students of the RCID PhD program at Clemson University by providing support and the means to showcase and workshop their works, as well as serving to act as a public collection of resources gathered by members of S3S.

Additionally, the Society of the Third Sophistic holds weekly colloquia, alternating every Monday throughout each semester. All colloquia sponsored by Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design (RCID), an interdisciplinary PhD program offered by the College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities. RCID is the College’s first-and-only doctoral program and draws its faculty from the English, Communication Studies, Art, Architecture, Philosophy and Religion, History, and Languages Departments.

The current schedule is as follows:

Week One

RCID Research Forum, 9:00am – 10:00am

The Research Forum (RCID RF) was started in the 2009-10 academic year. The Director of RCID
along with the Dean of the CAAH and the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate
Studies coordinate the forum. The purpose of the forum is to invite researchers in
each of the departments in the CAAH to speak on their current research. Additionally, the
purpose is to help foster research communities in the CAAH as well as all other colleges
on campus. The practice of the forum is to invite a faculty member to speak for about 25 minutes on his/her research. Then, following the presentation, there will be a Q&A.

Theory-Criticism Colloquium, 10:30am – 11:30am

Week Two

RCID Games/Cinema Colloquium, 9:00am – 10:00am

The Cinema/Games Colloquium is a biweekly forum for students and scholars to gather and discuss the intersection of cinema and games. Meetings typically consist of reviewing actual games and film clips and discussing scholarly articles from classic cinema theory, analyses of films, and games studies.

You may find more on the RCID Cinema/Games Colloquium here.

SWIP: Student Works in Progress, 10:30am – 11:30am 

The Student-Works-In-Progress Forum (SWIP) was new Fall (2011), mirroring RCID
RF. SWIP will give RCID students an opportunity to present their research for
publication, their grant proposals for submission, and their presentations for delivery at
conferences. The President of S3S (the RCID student organization) along with the Vice
President and RSA Coordinator and interested students will schedule and select students
to make presentations.

S3S additionally meets monthly to break bread together and to enjoy each other’s company, providing a network of support that is often lacking when one moves from one part of the world to another. If you have any questions or comments for us, please email them to thirdsophistic[AT]gmail.com.

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