Jennifer Almjeld, Ph.D., assistant professor of English at New Mexico
State University will present “A Rhetorician’s Guide to Love: Online Dating
Profiles as Remediated Commonplace Books” from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Old Main, Ritz Auditorium, at The University
Online daters use templates, images and text to
create an online personality. Almjeld will present an inside look at the
online dating service, Match.com
with an analysis of her own online dating profile. The presentation
will focus on the use of design templates, pull-down menus and
linguistic and visual cues all used to perform an identity.
In a rhetorical analysis, Amjeld compares Match.com profiles to
generations-old practices for writing identity known as commonplace
Almjeld will describe the remediated commonplace books
with their Victorian era predecessors as well as present the public
nature of privately crafted identity performance.
Almjeld teaches rhetoric and professional communication courses at New
Mexico State University.
Almjeld’s presentation is part of the Wilkin Chair series of events this
year. Ron Tulley, Ph,D., associate professor of English, is the 2012-13
Richard E. Wilkin Chair for the College of Liberal Arts
Tulley is devoting one year of study to the interdisciplinary
exploration of a single topic, The Power of Portrayal — The Social
Nature of (Re-)Presenting a “Self:” Role Playing, Social Networking and
Identity Formation in the Digital Age.
According to Tulley, his theme is designed to create a discourse
community at The University of Findlay that investigates, discusses and
debates what it means to construct a self-image in the digital age.
For more information, contact Tulley at email@example.com or 419-434-4608, or visit his blog