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A Job Talk by Gavin Hurley: “Inclusive Transcendence: Rhetorical Dissociation Within Contemporary Discourse of Spirituality”

On Wednesday, February 19th Rhetoric & Composition Ph.D. Candidate Gavin Hurley delivered his “job talk” to Writing & Rhetoric department faculty and fellow students. The “job talk” is practice for graduating Ph.D. students who are getting ready for the job market. This was Gavin’s opportunity to deliver research from his dissertation, as well as field questions about his work in preparation for upcoming job interviews.  During the presentation, titled “Inclusive Transcendence: Rhetorical Dissociation Within Contemporary Discourse of Spirituality,” Gavin shared the research and results from one chapter of his near-complete dissertation.
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Kenna Barrett Explores Turing’s “Test” and Automated Essay Evaluation

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What does Alan Turing’s famous thought experiment have to do with writing essays?

On Wednesday, November 13th, 2013, Kenna Barrett, (PhD candidate, English) delivered a talk exploring the possible relationship between Alan Turing’s commonly known “Turing Test” and Automated Essay Evaluation (AEE). Throughout what Barrett named an “interdisciplinary, work-in-progress” she explored parallels between the Turing Test’s questionable ability to produce human-like responses and AEE’s controversial abilities to “score” the writing of humans.

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