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    Accepted: ?
    Waitlisted: U of Florida
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    Applied: Carnegie Mellon, Miami University, Bowling Green State
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  1. I definitely second Carnegie Mellon. UT-Austin has a Digital Literacies and Literature program, as well as a rhetoric program. Bowling Green State University's rhetoric program is pretty digital-intensive. Florida State has a History of Text Technologies program, as well as a rhetoric program. I'd maybe look into Miami University (of Ohio). Maybe Berkeley--if you're into rhetoric as understood as cultural theory.
  2. Did you (or anyone else on this thread) end up going? I am applying this round and would LOVE to work with David Wills. Any reports from the Albany front?
  3. I attended one of Interdisciplinary.Net's conferences (5th Global Conference on Cybercultures) and it was, by far, the most productive conference I have attended. To be sure, I was also skeptical at first: the conference fee and the number of conferences they host annually rendered the program initially suspect in my eyes. But such was not the case. First of all, this is Europe, not the States: attendees are not expected to stay in an over-priced Radisson with cold coffee and stale donuts as their "food"--you eat three course, gourmet meals with the individuals attending the conference. And on that note--the cats from Europe astounded me. If anyone needs any kind of verification on whether or not the Humanities system is broken in the American academy, take a stroll over to Europe and converse with some of the cats over there. In addition, while they do publish an e-book with the conference papers, they sometimes publish a hardcover anthology of papers selected by committee (they have a press, Inter-Disciplinary Press), and these books are edited by tried and true academics who attended the conference and volunteer to edit. In short, any cynicism directed towards this organization is merely a further reflection of the backwards thinking of American academia: how will it look on my CV? will it improve my chances for Phd admission? is it a "scam?" I am not aware of any other standing academic organization that is doing inter-disciplinary work like this one. The opportunity to converse with some of the top-notch scholars within the global community on topics that are often ignored by conferences is, in and of itself, commendable. Extremely professional, and my hats are off to the top heads who keep this ship afloat. If you're still skeptical, just check out the credentials of those who run, and have attended, the conferences (their webpage is thoroughly comprehensive).
  4. I finally found a topic on Bowling Green.... Yes, I'll be attending this fall. And you?
  5. Anyone else still waiting to hear back from Miami? Granted, I did apply to the MA program, which may change when I would receive a response but...it is the "end of the month..."
  6. sundv004

    Stony Brook, NY

    I know this may be a little off topic, but is anyone attending the Stony Brook Conference on Philosophy and the Arts ("Yielding Narrativity") this weekend?
  7. I know this may be a little off topic, but is anyone attending the Stony Brook Philosophy and Arts Conference ("Yielding Narrativity") this weekend?
  8. This is what confuses me: if schools are preparing to tell me after April 15th, and the schools that have already accepted me want me to confirm by April 15th, what is a boy to do?
  9. There is absolutely NO way of knowing, as every adcom is different and follows a different procedure and protocol when it comes to admissions. For example, some students get rejected outright and some may get accepted outright, with the middle stack taking more time. Moreover, some applicants may get waitlisted, but instead of sending out waitlist notifications, some schools will simply wait to see if they receive declined offers so they can just send an acceptance instead. Then there is an issue of funding that has to be decided--and who gets what funding can be a harder decision as they move down the acceptance list. All said, having to wait longer can mean a good thing or a bad thing; that is, it means nothing at all. Take it easy. If they absolutely did not want you, you would have already heard back.
  10. How many of you (obviously without MAs already) would accept an MA offer from CMU with partial funding in the face of a CMU Phd rejection?
  11. I'm not sure when they're planning on sending out "official letters," as I received my waitlist information from Dr. Kidd via email (after inquiring). However, I can tell you this: Dr. Kidd was fantastic in detailing exactly what was good and not-so-good about my application, so if you want to know, I would advise just asking over an email. As someone else already pointed out, the U of Florida adcom and faculty have been extremely responsive through the whole process--it's just too bad I didn't get in.
  12. Congrats on the acceptance. I'm starting to feel as though I'm one of the few MA applicants on many of these forums, and I am wondering how that impacts when and how I will be notified. Still haven't heard a thing.
  13. I don't think it's pester-ish at all to politely ask your position on the waitlist, especially if they haven't told you. That's important info. to have, and it assists a lot of students in making better decisions in a more timely manner (which, in effect, could help other waitlisted students). I'm on the University of Florida waitlist, but the DGS was kind enough to let me know that I was at the bottom and that it didn't look good. That's not the best news, but at least it keeps me from developing false hope. Good luck! (Aren't waitlists almost, in their own way, worse than outright rejections?)
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