The Association for the Rhetoric of Science and Technology (ARST) celebrated 20 years in 2012. The ARST Oral History Project was conceived to document the institutional history of the organization and the larger intellectual history of the rhetoric of science, technology, and medicine.
This interview, with Leah Ceccarelli, Associate Professor from the University of Washington, features discussion of:
*The virtues of studying the orations of scientists
*Crashing the first ARST meeting as a graduate student
*The prevalence of "let's beat up on Dilip" panels in the wake of "The Idea of Rhetoric in the Rhetoric of Science"
*The disquiet that accompanied the intelligent design pre-conference
*That science has a rhetoric is a battle that has been won
*How the backlash from the Sokal hoax continues to ripple
*Rhetoric as a unique set of tools, perspectives, and concepts
*"The ideology of human agency" makes rhetorician's work valuable
*Why polysemy is a useful contribution to the rhetoric