Emily Polk

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Analyzing Mode, Medium, and Message

This activity combines an initial asynchronous step with a follow-up engagement in real-time during class.  It asks students to consider how different media aggregate their global development content in order to consider the rhetorical relationship between mode, (internet, printed paper, etc.) medium (publication) and message (content of the story).

Analyzing Viral Videos

This fun, low-stakes activity combines an initial asynchronous step with a follow-up engagement in real-time during class.  It invites students to start thinking about research topics, practice/refresh their rhetorical analysis skills, and to develop their oral communication skills (through a brief in-class presentation).

Activity title: Rhetorical Analysis of a Viral Video about Resiliency

Author: Emily Polk

Course: PWR 2

Jenne Stonaker and PWR 91JS: “The Stanford Science Podcast”

Jenne Stonaker’s popular advanced elective PWR course, PWR 91JS “The Stanford Science Podcast,” has inspired some of the most compelling podcasts ever developed by students at Stanford. The course gives students—especially those interested in science communication— a chance to dive into this increasingly popular medium.

Doree Allen returns to her roots with powerful 'verbatim theater' project

Many of you know Dr. Doree Allen as the founding Director of Stanford’s Oral Communication Program. I first was introduced to her during my job interview with PWR by then Associate Director Zach Waggoner. “Doree is one of the most respected people at this institution,” he told me. “And you should also know, she is one of the most loved.”

Teacher, Writer, Scholar: Lindsey Dolich Felt

The coming new year is going to bring a lot of wonderful things for Lindsey Dolich Felt—chief among them a new article, “Cyberpunk’s Other Hackers: The Girls Who Were Plugged In,” slated to be published in a special issue on Crip Technoscience in Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, and Technoscience. The article, much like Lindsey’s brilliant writing and teaching work, interlaces disability studies, STS (Science and Technology Studies), literary scholarship and archival research—in this case, on the history of Bell System’s telephone operators, or “hello girls.”

Teacher, Writer, Scholar: Selby Schwartz

[Note: The phrase "Hope in the Dark" in the photo deliberately echoes the title of Rebecca Solnit's book]

Selby Schwartz returns to a new year in PWR with a slew of exciting projects that speak to her fierce and long-time commitment to groundbreaking scholarship, advocacy work, and to creating space to center marginalized voices at Stanford and beyond.

Teacher, Writer, Scholar: Clara Lewis

A deep sense of compassion, boundless intellectual curiosity, and an unflinching willingness to explore some of the graver sides of humanity have defined Clara Lewis’s career and perhaps most especially her current research.

When she is not teaching in PWR, consulting as a Writing Specialist for the History Department or tutoring in Hume, Clara is working on a pioneering new book on the subject of neonaticide in the United States and its adjudication. Neonaticide is the killing of a newborn baby in the first twenty-four hours of life.