College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse
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The development and expression of ideas in writing is the foundation of a liberal education, and more broadly, contemporary democratic culture. In government, education, and all manner of professions, it is through writing that we determine our values, define norms of appropriate behavior, and pursue our goals. Our lives are increasingly mediated by digital technologies that use writing to organize sound and image in interactive spaces like the World Wide Web, and through text messaging and email, individual identity and interpersonal relationships are progressively bound up with writing. At the same time, we face growing demands for communicating across national, cultural, and linguistic borders, requiring us to rethink many assumptions we may have about written communication and expression. The Department of Writing, Rhetoric, & Discourse engages various writing practices and genres to prepare students to excel in the range of contexts in which they will go on to write.
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MA in WRD alumnus Riley Yaxley graduated this last quarter (AQ19) and has been making a name for themselves in the Chicago art scene. We recently spoke to Riley to learn more about their work in art communications.
WRD major Weronika Koleda shared her art and writing in a piece titled Between Two Mirrors at the KINETIC art gallery this quarter. We were lucky to catch up with Weronika following the gallery to learn more about her art and her experience with language.
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