The Department of Communication hosts a number of ongoing research groups and related events:

Rhetoric Workshop

Since its inception in January 1999, participants have found the Interdisciplinary Rhetoric Workshop to be lively place to explore our common interests in rhetoric and to share our own distinctive rhetorical projects. Participants from departments as diverse as Political Science, Communication, Philosophy, and English join on a bi-weekly basis to discuss matters rhetorical. In the fall, typically, the group members read theory. Recent readings have included Julia Kristeva, Hannah Arendt, and essays on kairos and chronotope. In the spring semester, participants discuss original research with the aim of improving it for publication. Rhetoric workshop is open to all interested graduate students and faculty. For more information, Contact Rolf Norgaard in the Program for Writing and Rhetoric (norgaard@colorado.eduThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
) or Jerry Hauser (jerry.hauser@colorado.eduThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
) in Communication.


Wednesday Data Sessions

As the name suggests, these weekly events bring together graduate students and faculty to look at (and listen to) data together. Typically, researchers bring data they are currently working with –often video or audio recordings, along with a written transcript — but they may also present interview excerpts, electronic texts, or written institutional documents of some kind. The presenting researchers offer background comments to set the stage, and then the group collectively proceeds to examine and discuss several ‘chunks’ of data. After the presentation of each chunk, group members comment on features of the texts, ask questions, make associations to other studies and issues, and generally offer their reactions. These sessions are usually informal, short, and unexpectedly fun. One goal of these events is to build everyone’s abilities to notice, name, and argue about features of talk and texts. For the person bringing data, it provides a chance to rehearse and reflect on their evolving interpretations.


Research Lunch

Research Lunch events occur every other week during the fall and spring semesters.  They are typically held from 11:00 – 11:50 AM on Wednesdays.  Research lunches are an opportunity for graduate students and faculty members to present projects that are in active development, and are thus ripe for discussion.  The authors or co-authors of a study present their in-process work for about 25 minutes, and then the audience offers questions and comments intended to benefit the project.  Research lunches are also a great chance to see fellow colleagues presenting, questioning, and debating ideas – activities that are all central to the professional development of communication scholars.