This course examines the role of rhetoric in the social conjuncture understood as the terror wars. Its purpose is to explore understandings of how rhetoric, including its varied theoretical approaches and practices, has played a role in the transnational violence of the post 9/11 terror wars and in the global resistance movements born from this conjuncture. The course focuses will include national security discourse, war, surveillance, racialization and violence, media access and narratives, technological development of violence, social media organization and revolution, colonialism and postcolonialism, and contestations around land and resources (particularly across the Middle East and North Africa), all with an attention to critical/cultural as well as discursive and technological tensions.