We plan to present important revisions to our constitution this year at our AGM.
The final article of our constitution states “The constitution may be amended by two-thirds of the members present and voting at the Annual General Meeting. The minimum six weeks written notice shall apply and members will be given six weeks to submit responses before the vote at the meeting.”
We have created two Google Forms (online surveys) that present the revisions and their rationales and gather feedback in advance of the AGM. There will be limited time for discussion during the AGM.
Please try to respond on these forms before May 25, since we may need some time to compile and review the responses prior to the AGM.
Review and responses are welcomed from 1) current members, 2) those who plan to pay or renew membership soon, as well as 3) past members who still consider themselves affiliated with us.
According to the constitution, your advance responses does NOT constitute an official vote, according to article 7 quoted above. However, at the AGM we would like to summarize the responses we have gathered to date, since it could aid us significantly in making wise decisions about the future of our organization.
Official voting will be held on each article at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), May 31, 2017 at Ryerson University, as part of the conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric / La Sociéte Canadienne pour l’Étude de la Rhétorique.
If you wish, you can return to the surveys several times to review the proposed revisions again and add further responses under your name, but you must fill out valid identifying information each time. We’ll group together your responses and consider all of them as one person’s input.
I’d like to introduce our CSSR-SCÉR Website & Social Media team and explain what’s going on in the world of our CSSR Social Media forums.
First, join me in giving sincere thanks to our current Website & Social Media team!
Tania Smith, CSSR Webmaster and Social Media admin since 2012
Ryan McGuckin, CSSR webmaster assistant, and CSSR-SCÉR Google+ co-admin since 2015
Brandon Katzir, CSSR social media assistant, and Twitter co-admin since 2015
Bruce Dadey, CSSR Webmaster co-assistant, and Twitter co-admin since 2016
M. Shivaun Corry, CSSR Facebook, since 2016
David Beard, our current CSSR-SCÉR Secretary, also holds the webmaster’s backup & password files just in case the webmaster becomes unavailable to do her work.
With the help of this team, our association has a greater ability to publicly engage those who choose to “follow” us on social media.
CSSR-SCÉR Social media is intended to complement, not replace, our website. Although our website is restricted to more “official” executive announcements and “academic” information (such as Job Ads and Calls for Papers for rhetorical studies), our social media posts can cast a wider net by also sharing articles and media that are broadly relevant to discussion of “rhetoric” or “eloquence” in the public forum and rhetorical studies in general.
Our pages on Google+ and Twitter are also publicly accessible to people without login, thus increasing our association’s reach and relevance. This is one way our association stays engaged with our people and the public.
Currently, our social media is integrated in a “chain” of forwarding and accumulating posts from one forum to the next:
On our CSSR Google+ page, we share additional material that may be relevant to our followers on G+. We also post on two interactive “community” pages that we host, where members can also post material:
All our official Google+ posts made by our Google+ assistants (including posts forwarded to G+ from our website blog) get automatically fed to our CSSR Twitter page.
Our CSSR Twitter assistants add more material to our feed and keep it active and relevant to our Twitter followers
Our CSSR Facebook assistants add material to the Facebook page. (Due to technical difficulty and settings, Facebook cannot easily accept an automatic feed from our Twitter page, but it does mirror our CSSR website posts.)
Our CSSR Twitter feed is publicly accessible online and in a “widget” in the left-hand sidebar of our CSSR website.
Therefore, even if you are not a user of any of these social media outlets, you can view our Social Media activity on our website. Just scroll down on any CSSR website page and look in the left sidebar under the menu. There, you’ll see our public Twitter feed, which includes all the posts that have s accumulated on Google+ as well as Twitter.
If you use Facebook, Twitter, or Google+, we encourage you to join or follow us there!
CSSR-SCÉR Webmaster, and President 2015-2017
As part of refreshing our CSSR-SCER website this month, I enriched our society’s Social Media presence by adding links to our existing Facebook and Google+ pages on our website sidebar.
In order to generate more discussion, I’ve also created 2 new Google+ communities:
1) Rhetoric in Canada
2) Rhetorical Criticism, History Theory
Posts to these communities (and the 2 additional pre-existing rhetoric communities we joined) will appear on our public Google+ page at https://plus.google.com/+CssrscerCanada/ and add to the activity there.
If you are a Facebook or Google user, consider following our social media pages and sharing your thoughts, images, or links. It’s a way of linking your own profile to rhetorical studies as well. Our Facebook and Google+ pages have seen little to no activity for years, but I hope they’ll see more activity in future as part of their increased presence on our website and on Google.
CSSR / SCÉR hosts a bibliography group on Zotero.org.
Zotero is free open-source cloud-storage bibliographic software created by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media in the USA. It collects source citations from library databases, Google books, Amazon, and various web sites, by working within your web browser.
The “CSSR SCER – Rhetoric” library of bibliographies can be browsed by the public at this address:
a folder for publications authored by CSSR members on the topic of rhetoric (even book reviews and conference papers are eligible, and you can also add an item with your CV and/or link to your profile)
a folder containing an unlimited number of sub-folders for sub-topics within rhetorical studies.