What make a CEA conference so unique? The annual CEA conference is more than the typical conference. It includes book giveaways from over forty publishers, tours of the host city, Friday night entertainment, lots of casual networking with congenial colleagues, a wide variety of papers focused on every aspect of English instruction, and the president’s reception with appetizers and a free drink. It’s clearly “user friendly”! After attending one conference, most attendees continue to present at future conferences.
The College English Association held its annual conference in March and April in St. Petersburg, where over 500 papers and panels were presented on a wide variety of matters primarily focused on the conference theme, Fortunes, but including traditional areas of pedagogy, theory, rhetoric, technical writing, creative writing, and literature in the canon. Presenters came from nearly every state and countries including Australia, Jordan, China, and Qatar. There were other less conventional panels as well: Book History, Peace, Thomas Merton, Religion and Literature, Graphic Novels, Afro-Caribbean Literature, Distance Learning, Trauma and Literature, Teacher Education, Pop Culture, Academic Leadership and Administration, Graduate and Adjunct Faculty Concerns
Featured speakers included:
Plenary: Andrew Delbanco, Columbia University, “What is College For?”
Diversity Luncheon: Joseph M. Viera, Nazareth College, “Desire and Disillusionment: A Graphic Account of the Cuban Revolution.”
Women’s Connection Reception: Michelle Hughes Miller, University of South Florida, “Engaging the Metaphores: (Mis)Fortunes of Gendered Hiring and Promotion in Academe.”
All-Conference Luncheon: Christine R. Farris, Indiana University – Bloomington, “Architects of Our Own Fortune: Designs on English.”
Michiganders on the program included:
Joyce Meier, Michigan State University; Theresa Stowall, Adrian College; Philip J. Egan, Western Michigan University; Adrienne Jankens, Oakland Community College; Elizabeth Monske, Northern Michigan University; Bernie Miller, Eastern Michigan University; Ed Demerly, Henry Ford Community College
The following panel of speakers from Northern Michigan University presented at a session titled, “Motivating Students in the English Classroom” : Amanda Paulus, Daniel McGlone, Jack Van Treese, Danielle Khoury, Melissa Egner, Gillian Podkomorka
The following panel of speakers from Northern Michigan University presented at a session titled, “PSAs, Creative Writing, and Jersey Shore: The Fortune of Self-Discovery”: Caneron Contois, Harger Boal, Colin Clancy, Erica Mead
Michigan CEA’s sponsorship of a beverage break was prominently identified in the program and at the beverage table.
Next year’s conference will be held in Richmond, Virginia, March 29 – 31, 2012. The conference theme,Borders, encourages a wide variety of applications in all areas of English. The CEA welcomes papers given at the conferences of its regional affiliate organizations, so if members present at the University of Michigan – Dearborn in October, they may submit that same proposal by the November 1st deadline for consideration by the CEA. For further information, contact the Program Chair, Scott Borders, at firstname.lastname@example.org (put “Program Chair” in the subject line) or see the CEA web site at www.cea-web.org
MCEA Liaison and CEA Past President