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Stanford University participants in the Cross-Cultural Rhetoric Project:

Christine Alfano

Christine AlfanoChristine Alfano has been a lecturer in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric since 1998. She holds a BA from Brown University and PhD from Stanford and specializes in digital rhetoric. In her recent PWR courses, "eRhetoric" and "Cultural Interfaces," Christine challenges students to explore how writing in different technological modes (from traditional Microsoft Word documents, to blogs, threaded discussions, social network profiles, video blogs and wikis) transforms the modern practice of communication.

She has co-authored, with Dr. Alyssa O'Brien, three textbooks focused on writing and visual rhetoric; the most recent, Envision In Depth, came out in Fall 2007. In addition, Christine is the technology specialist for the Cross-Cultural Rhetoric Project, and spends much of her time helping students figure out how to best use technology to make meaningful connections across geographic borders.

Christine currently is one of the Assistant Directors for the Program in Writing and Rhetoric.

Marvin Diogenes

Marvin DiogenesMarvin Diogenes is Associate Director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric and Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. He holds a B.A. in English from Stanford and an M.F.A. in Fiction from the University of Arizona. Prior to returning to Stanford in 2000, he taught courses in rhetoric, composition, writing pedagogy, literature, creative nonfiction, and fiction writing at San Diego State University and the University of Arizona, where he directed the University Composition Board, overseeing assessment, outreach, and writing-across-the-curriculum programs. He is the co-editor of two books, Living Languages and Crafting Fiction: In Theory, In Practice, and is currently completing work on a new anthology of comic readings, Laughing Matters. His fiction has appeared in American Fiction '91, Other Voices, The Cimarron Review, Oxford Magazine, Writing on the Edge, and four editions of O. Henry Festival Stories. He is singer and lyricist for the Composition Blues Band.

Andrea Lunsford

Andrea LunsfordCurrently the Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor of English and Director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University, Andrea Lunsford has designed and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in writing history and theory, rhetoric, literacy studies, and intellectual property. Before joining the Stanford faculty, she was Distinguished Professor of English and Director of the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing at Ohio State University. Currently also a member of the Bread Loaf School of English faculty, Professor Lunsford earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Florida and completed her Ph.D. in English at The Ohio State University.

Professor Lunsford’s interests include rhetorical theory, gender and rhetoric, collaboration, cultures of writing, style, and technologies of writing. She has written or coauthored fourteen books, including Everything’s an Argument; The Everyday Writer; Essays on Classical Rhetoric and Modern Discourse; Singular Texts/Plural Authors: Perspectives on Collaborative Writing; and Reclaiming Rhetorica: Women in the History of Rhetoric, as well as numerous chapters and articles. Her most recent book is Writing Matters: Rhetoric in Public and Private Lives.

Andrea Lunsford teaches a number of courses, including Memoria: The Art and Practice of Memory; The Language Wars; The Graphic Novel; and Women and the History of Rhetoric.

 Sangeeta Mediratta

sangeeta mediratta"Senza duende, nada." Without passion (risk, heart, truth), nothing. (Fredrico Garcia Lorca, “The Duende: Theory and Divertissement,” 1930)

I got my PhD from University of California, San Diego last year and have been studying and teaching writing, research, and literature for over a decade. Many of my most enjoyable hours over these years have been spent in classrooms just like the one we will share in Stanford. I enjoy heated discussions, cool thought, and fabulous writing. I'd love to share my love for reading and writing with you and
hope to learn a lot from you about all the things that make each of you unique.

When I'm not in class, I can be seen hanging out with friends, family, and my doggie. I LOVE popular culture! So, I see a lot of films, hear a bunch of music, and read bazillions of comics and magazines. Without music, life would surely be off-key, so that's a big deal to me too!

 Alyssa O'Brien

alyssa obrienAs Project Director for CCR at Stanford, Alyssa J. O'Brien is grateful to be part of this collaboration with Sweden and with other countries from around the world. She has learned so much from her colleagues at the University of Örebro and from students she has met, in her classes and through video-conferences or blogs! Since the Cross-Cultural Rhetoric project began in its first pilot form in the fall of 2005, Alyssa has turned her research focus to intercultural theory, and she has developed several courses in Cross-Cultural Rhetoric, Globalization, and Advertising across the World. In addition to teaching these courses through collaborative connections with faculty colleagues at the University of Örebro, the University of Uppsala, National University of Singapore, the American University of Cairo, and the University of Sydney, Alyssa's responsibilities include serving as the Project Director, the Grant and Proposal Writer, the Report Writer, and the Data Analysis and Project Evaluation Coordinator for this important work.

Alyssa joined the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University in July of 2001. Since then, she has co-authored seven books: two Instructor's Guide to Writing with the Project PI, Professor Andrea Lunsford (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2005, 2007), and five books concerning visual rhetoric with her colleague and friend, Christine Alfano: Envision: Persuasive Writing in a Visual World; Envision: Researching and Writing Arguments; EnvisionIn-Depth: a Reader, and two instructor's manuals. Before coming to Stanford, she taught creative writing, literature, and business writing at Cornell University, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Rochester.

Hiking Montara Mountain, CA

Alyssa's own life has been a cross-cultural experience. She grew up moving back and forth between the USA and Europe every 2-3 years, and she traveled extensively through Europe Asia, the Middle East, and the USA. She now lives in Half Moon Bay, CA. When she is not teaching or working on cross-cultural rhetoric, Alyssa enjoys hiking or surfing on the California Coast. Her other love is travel. Over the past few years, she has travelled through Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam, China, Singapore, Indonesia, and most recently, Egypt, exploring international visual rhetoric at the intersection of extreme poverty and amazing multimedia innovation. She is current putting this field research into articles about international ad campaigns, and she looks forward to learning more about cross-cultural rhetoric from her colleagues and students in this project.


John Peterson

john petersonJohn Peterson has taught in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric since 2004. Before coming to Stanford, he was a lecturer and mentor teacher in the UC Irvine Writing Program and started the writing curriculum in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Born and raised in Los Angeles, John completed his BA in Literature at UC Santa Cruz and his MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He is a faculty advisor to freshmen and sophomores and works in the Hume Writing Center.

John is interested in how people's backgrounds, ethnicities, experiences, and their relationships to technology shape the ways they learn to write. In spring, his classes collaborated in cultural exchange with rhetoric students at the University of Örebro, Sweden via video-conferencing. Past classes have researched small press and arts publishing, with students creating their own magazines. His essays, fiction, and poetry have appeared in various anthologies and journals, most recently in Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. This winter, his PWR 1 topic is “Why Do We Buy? The Rhetoric of Consumer Culture.”

Helle Rytkonen

Helle RytknoneI was born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark and I studied Political Science at the University of Copenhagen. I came to the US as an exchange student to study political science and rhetoric at UC Berkeley. At the time, I thought it would be against all odds if I stayed for the duration of an academic year (9 long months). I feared the violence in the US, which I had seen in American movies back in Denmark, and I also just knew that Scandinavia was the best place to live.

This is now 15 years ago.

I still love to go back to my native Denmark and I spend 3 months in Europe every summer. But when harvest (and the rain) comes, I'm happy to return to San Francisco and to Stanford.

After staying two years at Berkeley, I went to graduate school at Stanford and earned my Ph.D. in modern thought and literture in 2002. I have taught at Stanford since. My research is on how contemporary European identities are constructed in relation to Europe's nazi past and to current Muslim immigration. My current focus is on cultural and legal discourse on Muslim immigrants. I have recently published articles on the gendered rhetoric of the infamous Mohammed cartoon crisis as it unfolded in Europe and in America respectively.

My teaching centers around issues of race, class, gender, ethnicity and religion, and I am currently teaching classes in Stanford's Program in Writing and Rhetoric on the role of satire in challenging, consolidating, or questioning racial, ethnic and gendered stereotypes.
The cross cultural rhetoric program is of particular interest to me because of my research focus, and the fact that I and my students will be communicating with Scandinavia. But it is also of personal interest, because I and my (also) Danish husband are raising our two US born children here in the US. We are constantly facing cross cultural challenges in our very family and have had to question the norms and values we took for granted as Danes. (I secretly force-feed my kids Danish liquorice to make sure that they will be able to pass as true Danes if they ever choose to live in Denmark.)

I have traveled extensively in what was once known as East and West Europe, and I have lived for longer periods of time in Spain, Italy, Ireland, and, of course, Denmark. I have also traveled in Thailand, Morocco, Egypt, Tahiti, Jamaica, Mexico, and the US. In fact, being without a ticket abroad makes me slightly dizzy.

 Kristi Wilson

Kristi M. Wilson is the Assistant Director of the Hume Writing Center 
and a Lecturer in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford 

She is also the Director of the Stanford Film Lab 
(http://filmlab.stanford.edu), a student-based group that supports 
documentary projects, screens original documentary work and 
co-sponsors events on campus such as the recent visit of Luis 
Moreno-Ocampo, Chief Prosecutor of International Criminal Court in The  Hague.

Wilson received her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego 
in 1999 in Comparative Literature and has since then authored many 
publications among them "Italian Neorealism and Global Cinema" 
(co-edited by Laura E. Ruberto, Wayne State University Press, 2007), 
an Introduction to "The Satyricon of Petronius" (Barnes and Nobles, 
2006), and several articles and reviews for academic journals such as 
"Screen," the "Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature," 
"Literature/Film Quarterly," and others.

Shortly after earning her Ph.D., Wilson was the recipient of a 
University of California Berkeley Summer Research Institute Fellowship and a University of California, Irvine, Humanities Research Institute 
Postdoctoral Fellowship.

She came to Stanford as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities in the  Introduction to the Humanities Program in 2000 and went on to join the Program in Writing and Rhetoric in 2005.

Wilson also holds an M.A. in Classics and a B.A. in Theater Arts. Her 
teaching and research interests in rhetoric include classics (Greek 
tragedy, comedy, oratory, satire, epic poetry), gender studies,  philosophy, literature, theater and film studies.

Wilson was a founding member of the Bay Area documentary film 
collective "Cine Campesino," which produced two short documentary, 
films on Honduras and created an international Latin American film 
festival. Some of her film and television work has appeared on the 
syndicated television show "Latin Eyes."

She is currently doing research for an upcoming book on the rhetoric 
of genocide in Latin American documentary film and looks forward to 
teaching "Documenting Tragedy: Tragic Rhetoric in Documentary Film and  Mass Media" for PWR in 2007-2008.

She lives in San Francisco with her husband, Tomás and son Félix.


Katie Easterbrook

Katie EasterbrookHi!  I am Katie Easterbrook, and I am excited to be your OCT for the quarter.  I am a senior at Stanford, majoring in Economics with a minor in Mathematics.  I am currently writing an honors thesis on flat taxes in Central and Eastern Europe.  I hail from the San Francisco Bay Area.  Having grown up near Silicon Valley, I have an interest in the tech industry and entrepreneurship.  Also, given my background, I tend to approach globalization issues from an economic/ political perspective.

My best experiences at Stanford include the Oxford study abroad program and Stanford Consulting.  My Oxford tutorial was on the Economics of the British Empire and the development of a global economy in the Victorian Era.  While abroad, I joined the Corpus Christi crew team, and traveled with friends through Italy, Switzerland, and France.  Currently, I am a project director for Stanford Consulting.

I have spent my summers in business and government.  I interned in Financial Planning and Analysis group of Shopping.com, an eBay co.  Last summer, I was the Stanford in Government Fellow to the Government Accountability Office.  Having spent most of my life living in California suburbs, I had a great time living a city and exploring Washington, DC.

I enjoy running and reading non-fiction about economic, historical, and political issues.  As a Nor-Cal native, I am a fan of trips to Lake Tahoe and Yosemite.  I also love watching Broadway productions.  I look forward to working with you on your research projects.

Evelyn Kung

Evelyn KungEvelyn (Tsuei Ping) Kung, a 22-year-old female, is a master 
student in Learning, Design and Technology program under the school of  education at Stanford. She obtained a BA degree in Journalism and Communication Studies at Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan. Combining with her great enthusiasm in education, technologies, and 
communications, she is now serving an intern curriculum designer and 
researcher in the Cross-Cultural Rhetoric Project running by 
Wallenberg Global Learning Network.

Evelyn is an outgoing person and always happy to make new friends. 
If anyone would like to know more about Taiwanese cultures and 
perspectives to the world, Evelyn would be very welcome to talk with 
you after the class, or by e-mails.

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