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Interest Groups

From time to time, graduate students and faculty gather to discuss common interests in our community. For more information, and to see how you can participate, check out the organizations below.


ARCIG is a student-led discussion group that seeks to create a community of aspiring scholars prepared to engage our discipline that includes American rhetoric, literature, and cultural studies. Throughout the academic year, graduate students or guest faculty speakers present and facilitate discussion of various topics related to American culture, from envisioning doctoral exams in this field to tracking trends in the Americanist job market and from exploring American studies research methods to participating in collaborative scholarship through practices such as professional writing groups. As an informal group without readings or RSVP requirements, we invite anyone interested, regardless of stage in program progression or specialization area, to join us and simply listen, contribute, or even lead a session. (In development, 2019-20)

The British Studies Reading Group will meet three times during Fall semester online via Zoom to discuss how to adapt and promote British Studies during this global pandemic. It will also serve as an academic and emotional support system for students with British studies research interests.  (Student leaders: Sanjana Chowdhury & Allie Diaz; faculty sponsor: Linda Hughes)

Established circa 1928, the Bryson Literary Society was created to inspire creative thinkers, literature aficionados, and anyone looking to collaborate with others of the same mentality. The Bryson Literary Society has regained momentum in the past several years and continues to be an active presence on campus. The mission of the Bryson Literary Society is simple: to promote literary and creative culture at TCU. We define literary culture as any community in which the written and spoken word is recognized for its transformative power. Once we become readers, we become caretakers of the language and bear a great responsibility for its preservation and continued health.

DHIG is a student-led hands-on and discussion group centering on the intersection between the disciplines of humanities and computing/digital technologies. The group seeks to create interdisciplinary space where students and faculty from diverse disciplines mutually navigate topics of DH scholarship and practice tools/methodology for DH projects. (Student leaders: Jongkeyong Kim & Sean McCullough; faculty sponsor: Gabi Kirilloff)

The group reads and discusses intellectual production by and about people of color in a low stakes, casual environment. The foundation of the group is rooted in Black Studies, but the group also engages with work in Latinx Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Native/Indigenous Studies, and Asian Studies. We also explore subjects in cultural studies such as Southern Studies, Disability, and Gender and Sexuality. Literary studies is at the core of our work. While reading and discussing scholarship is the group’s primary mode of engagement, the collective offers graduate students space for social and professional needs: social gatherings, mentoring, writing workshops, conference workshops, job search assistance, and more. (Student leaders: Meagan Solomon, Toya Mary Okonkwo, & Sarah-Marie Horning; faculty sponsors: Brandon Manning, Stacie McCormick, Ryan Sharp)

Intended primarily for graduate students in the Rhetoric & Composition Ph.D. program, faculty and students gather to discuss contemporary issues and recently published articles relevant to rhetoric, writing, teaching, and professional development. All are welcome to attend. (Student leader: Kayla Sparks; faculty sponsor: Carrie Leverenz)


Founded by TCU English graduate students in 2011, the Winifred Bryan Horner Rhetoric Society serves as the student chapter of the Rhetoric Society of America at Texas Christian University. The WBH Rhetoric Society provides a forum for gathering as rhetoricians. The organization serves a variety of functions related to the study of rhetoric and the practice of scholarship and teaching among the graduate community at TCU, including the continuation of support for The Winifred Bryan Horner Reading Library in the TCU Graduate Instructor Library. (Student leader: Sara Kelm; faculty sponsor: Ann George)