Intercultural Rhetoric in 21st Century: A Dialogue
Dwight Atkinson and Paul Kei Matsuda will ponder questions and issues concerning intercultural rhetoric (formerly contrastive rhetoric) in an open dialogic format, with ample opportunity for audience involvement. The main purpose of this presentation will be to encourage the project of moving intercultural rhetoric forward in the 21st century--to see what can be done in this complex and important endeavor, and how we and members of the audience can take part.
Dwight Atkinson is an applied linguist and second language educator who specializes in writing (first and second language), qualitative research approaches, and second language acquisition. Current projects include an attempt to establish a view of second language acquisition on "sociocognitive" principles, research in India on the experiences of vernacular language-schooled students in English-language universities, and a booklength study of different theories of culture impacting TESOL and applied linguistics. Past work has covered a wide variety of topics, from the history of medical and scientific research writing in English, to critiques of commonly used concepts in university writing instruction such as critical thinking and voice, to explorations of the concept of culture, to writings on qualitative research methods. Atkinson teaches courses in qualitative research, postmodernism, and second language acquisition at Purdue, where he is an assistant professor of English.
Paul Kei Matsuda is Associate Professor of English and Applied Linguistics at Arizona State University, where he works closely with doctoral students in the Ph.D. Program in Rhetoric, Composition and Linguistics as well as the Ph.D. Program in Applied Linguistics; master's programs in TESOL and Linguistics; and undergraduate programs in Linguistics. He has published widely on second language writing in various journals and edited collections in applied linguistics, rhetoric and composition and TESOL. A sought after speaker, he has given plenary and keynote talks at various regional, national and international conferences. He has also been giving lectures and conducting workshops at a wide variety of institutions in Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Taiwan, Thailand, and throughout the United States. Paul is founding chair of the Symposium on Second Language Writing and of the CCCC Committee on Second Language Writing, and has served as the Chair of the Nonnative English Speakers in TESOL (NNEST) Caucus. He has edited numerous books and special journal issues on second language writing. He is the Series Editor of the Parlor Press Series on Second Language Writing and the Book Reviews Editor for TESOL Quarterly.