“The ethos of Latina/o Rhetoric is embodied in many of the traditions of resistance that link back to first contact with Europeans in the Americas spanning across time and space to current moments and sites of resistance. Whether it’s the colonialism of Columbus or the neocolonialism of states like Arizona, Latina/o rhetoricians are not lacking in moments of kairos or polemics in the polis that necessitate rhetorical invention to communicate and respond to dominant systems of power.” – Cruz Medina
Episode 21 features a collaboration with the Fall 2013 special issue of Reflections: “Latin@s in Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service-Learning” about how scholars are defining Latina/o rhetorics and why it’s an important issue for the field right now.
To read a PDF of the full transcript, please download it here: Transcript for Episode 21
The music sampled in this podcast is “The Afterlife” by YACHT, “Readers! Do You Read?” by Chris Zabriskie, “Tea Top” by ROW, and “Separate Ways Remix” and “Walking All Day Long” by Willbe.
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A real thoughtful discussion on regional Latin@ rhetorics, a necessary discussion. It’s interesting that some of these ideas (that Mexican Americans and their rhetorical tradition are “American,” or that Chican@ Studies improves student performance, etc.) are actually being criminalized and outlawed (particularly in Arizona). Thanks for composing this discussion… I plan to use it in my classrooms!