How to Challenge a Reader's Sense of Reality

Educational Blog post argues with Kenneth Burke thought

On January 26, the educational blog, "Read to Write Stories," was updated with a post entitled, "How to Challenge a Reader's Sense of Reality." In the text, Burke's essay, "Psychology and Form," is referenced heavily to show how easily readers and viewers of art are manipulated. There are connections to television, notably the new Netflix series, "Making a Murderer," and then a layout of a writing exercise is given for teachers to use to students or for a personal writing strengthening exercise.

Wittenberg University web bio staff update!

Wittenburg University updates blog on Professor who references Kenneth Burke

Wittenburg University, on January 23, updated their website to include a blog on Sociology Dr. Keith Doubt. Doubt is sourced as having written and researched to produce many articles on a wide "range of sociological theorists." Kenneth Burke is listed as one of the key theorists under Doubt's study. It is clear that Burkean thought will be themed in his current and future works, and is something to look forward to.

Encyclopedia of Britannica Update!

The electronic source of the Encyclopedia updates to include Kenneth Burke!

On January 26, the Encyclopedia of Britannica updated various search engines on the web. When researching "Art Criticism," you can click on a link to open an alphabetized, "list of Critics." The critics are broken down according to various genres of art, which now includes American "literary" critics. Kenneth Burke is on the list, and when you click on his name, you find a short biography and various links to view and purchase his various works.

Vernacular Discourse updates its definition of Metaphor

The popular dictionary website, Vernacular Discourse, updates its definition of Metaphor to include Kenneth Burke.

Kenneth Burke is officially a definition of the word, "Metaphor." On January 26, the popular definition website, "Vernacular Discourse," updated it's definition of the word "metaphor," to include a quote from Kenneth Burke.

When the page gets to explaining how metaphors "conceptualize and simplify," Kenneth Burke is inserted to better understand how and why metaphors are used.

Penn State McCourtney Institute Staff webpage update!

McCourtney Institute for Democracy provides bios on staff, one in particular referencing Kenneth Burke

On January 22, The McCourtney Institute for Democracy updated their webpage, giving in depth bios to each member of their staff. Debra Hawhee is the Director of the Center for Democratic Deliberation. In her biography that was uploaded on Jan. 22, it states that she is the author of Moving Bodies: Kenneth Burke at the Edges of Language.

"Beyond Talking Heads: Sourced Comics and the Affordances of Multimodality."

Having a valid part in the conversation

In yet another literary blog entitled, "Comics and Composition: Annotated Bibliography," is an article post from January 18, 2016. Written by Hannah Dickinson and Maggie Werner, a link is given for the full article, with an abstract below, beginning with one of the most influential quotes by Kenneth Burke.

The Intelligence of Persuasion- a PhD candidate's blog references Kenneth Burke

In his most recent post today, Isaksen draws heavily upon Burkeology

David Isaksen is a PhD candidate in Rhetoric and Composition at Texas Christian University. His blog (started in 2010) gives him experience with online publishing, and updates it regularly with thoughts and projects from his academic work. This morning he posted an article entitled "Arguments and the Structure of Reality: A Beginner's Guide to Perelman, Part III."

Featured book at the CUP blog draws inspiration from Kenneth Burke

The Columbia University Press blog keys into Kenneth Burke's ideology.

On January 6, 2015, the CUP blog featured With Dogs at the Edge of Life by Colin Dayan as it's featured book during the first week of the new year. The book encompasses themes of original thought and our relationships with animals and questions just how close our relationships with the said animals are connected.

University of Copenhagen- Kenneth Burke's Rhetorical Thinking

Faculty of Humanities at Copenhagen

On November 30th, 2015, there was a Lecture given by Professor Robert Ivie, concerning and discussing Kenneth Burke and his discourse.
Ivie hails from the Indiana University at Bloomington and is an adjunct professor in the media, cognition, communication, and rhetoric department.
Information regarding the event, as well as contact information to learn more about what transpired, can be found here.

CFP for “Burke-Shop” Mini-Conference at CCCC (deadline January 31, 2016)

Please share this CFP with your students (graduate and undergraduate), and please consider applying yourself if you are not yet in a tenure-track position. Last year's KB mini-conference at CCCC was incredibly productive.


"Micro-Burkes" Mini-Conference at CCCC

The Kenneth Burke Society will host a "Micro-Burkes" Mini-Conference during a Special Interest Group meeting during the upcoming Conference on College Composition and Communication Convention on March 19, 2015 in Tampa, Florida.

Time and Place: Thursday, March 19 at 6:30-7:20 PM, Marriott Grand Ballroom J (Level Two), Tampa Florida Marriott Waterside Hotel. All presenters and attendees must register for the CCCC Convention (instructions located here:

Conference Call: Rhetoric in Europe

From the attached CFP:

"Since antiquity, rhetoric has reigned as one of the great European traditions in education. Currently, as the importance of media of all kind is growing in daily communication, rhetoric is prevailing as an educational topic. The importance of intercultural communication is growing internationally as well as domestically, economically, and politically. Often political changes (from war, refugees, work migration, economical pressure, etc.) impact the crisis that the education system aggravates, (especially in the primary and secondary area), and this not since PISA. The worlds of work, along with public and everyday life, are altered since political (1989/1990), cultural (1968 and again 1989/90), and economical changes are not initiated, but accelerated by the globalization. Even this raw draft shows that schools, universities and adult education have important tasks and responsibilities in the formation of qualified teachers, university professors, and adult educators as well as in the research that is the basis for these formations. Because communication is the central category of the intercultural, medial, interpersonal problem, rhetoric is needed urgently in the mediation of “communication competence”, since media rhetoric, economical rhetoric, intercultural rhetoric, political rhetoric, and forensic rhetoric can advance the sectoral rhetorics at will."

Papers due January 15, 2013.

Editorial for Spring 2010

By Andy King

During the past three months manuscripts from England, Wales, Germany, and China have been submitted to the KB Journal. One reviewer experiencing vertigo and world weariness from the vast influx asked if Burke, that former disciple of the regionalist Van Wyck Brooks, would have approved this journal “going international.” I answered that he would have enjoyed it immensely. In the last decades of his life, Burke loved his growing fame. Had his work been eagerly read by giant sloth worms on Neptune or even horribly misconstrued by methane-breathing fire birds on the sun-blistered surface of Mercury, Burke would have been delighted. He would have been eager to engage their counter-statements.