POROI: Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry

POROI 12.2 is now published online. It contains a five-authored symposium on engaged rhetoric of STEM disciplines; and rhetorical critiques of discourse surrounding MSG and human trafficking. Symposium authors include Carl G. Herndl, Lauren E. Cagle, Kenneth Walker, Sara Beth Parks and (guest editor) Caroline Gottschalk Druschke; papers by Jennifer L. LeMesurier and John T. Gagnon. The issue is available at POROI 12.2.

The Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry (POROI) is an interdisciplinary institute for research and public engagement housed at the Obermann Center at the University of Iowa. Its mission is to explore how scholarship and professional discourses are conducted through argument, how paradigms of knowledge are sensitive to social-political contexts, and how the presentation of scholarly and professional findings involves the recognition and negotiation of audiences.

Since its founding in 1980, POROI has provided resources for strengthening academic inquiry, creativity, and communication in the arts, humanities, sciences and professions. It is especially interested in communicative opportunities and problems that arise at the intersections between disciplines as well as between academia and diverse publics. In these respects, POROI applies the art of rhetoric to the conduct of inquiry. Its concerns range from the invention and construction of arguments to a marked interest in how discourse is interpreted, received, and disseminated in both technical and public spheres of argumentation. POROI is a constituent participant in Iowa’s Writing University Initiative.

The POROI Journal examines the rhetoric of knowledge production in and across venues, sites and disciplines; the ways knowledge flows between technical, public and personal spheres; and inquiry's argumentation, dissemination, reception and lived practices.

PEOPLE

Executive Director

Naomi Greyser
Rhetoric; English
 

Executive Committee

Kembrew McLeod
Communication Studies

Deborah Whaley
American Studies, Program in African American Studies

Board of Directors

David Cunning
Philosophy

Frank Durham
School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Gigi Durham
Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies; School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Deirdre Egan
Department of Rhetoric, Writing Center

Natalie Fixmer-Oraiz
Communication Studies

David Hingstman
Communication Studies

Jiyeon Kang
Communication Studies

John Nelson
Political Science

Thomas Oates
School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Iulian Vamanu
School of Library and Information Science

Travis Vogan
American Studies

Emily Wentzell
Anthropology  

Founding Members

David Depew, Emeritus
POROI; Communication Studies

Deirdre McCloskey
Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communications, University of Illinois at Chicago

Allan Megill
Professor of History, University of Virginia

John Nelson
Political Science

Friends and Former Board Members

James Elmborg
School of Information and Library Science

James Throgmorton, Emeritus
School of Urban and Regional Planning