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saturday (part 1)

One of the things that kept me pretty well tied up for the day on Saturday was a symposium that we hosted here at SU. We invited faculty and grad students from RPI, UMass, and Penn State to join us in thinking about the future of the field and to do a little bit of regional networking.

One of the things that I'm hoping to accomplish over the next few years is more of this kind of activity. Next year, I'll be taking over our dept's PhD program, and I'd like to see us develop some kind of regional consortium of such programs. I hope that we'll share some resources, connect more often as colleagues, etc. For my part, I had really nice conversations with Bill Hart-Davidson and Jim Zappen of RPI, and had a chance to chat about my network rhetoric course. And due to some no-shows, I had a chance to give what I hope was productive feedback to a couple of students from other programs.

Another one of the things that we did at this program that differed from most, as you'll note in the schedule, is that it was set up with two "plenary" sessions with several colleagues delivering short, more informal pieces on graduate education, the future of rhetoric and composition, etc. We did have a Friday night keynote (Elaine Richardson), but I liked the move away from "keynotes" towards shorter, more intentionally provocative talks (mini-manifestos).

I'm fairly sure that there's an underlying logic (beyond my own ADD) to my preferences for both shorter talks and regional (as opposed to national) networking, but I need to think through it a little more carefully first. More weekend recaps as the evening progresses...


"Every day, in every way, I am becoming a better and better cgb blog reader."

Umm, Jenny, I've been meaning to talk to you about that. I'm worried that you're actually too good a reader of my blog. It's not so much the everyday improvement that concerns me as much as it is the "every way."

Would it be possible for you to focus your improvement a little more selectively? You don't have to abandon particular ways, but say, work on your deconstructive reading of my blog one day and on another, hone your post-critical reading?

I'm just worried that you're rapidly approaching the threshold where your reading will actually be better than the blog itself...


And, yes, Collin time has begun, as you'll note from my time-stamp...

It's collin time!


Would you happen to have a copy of Jay Jorden's paper, "Where are you from?"? If not, do you know how I can contact him? I was asked to teach a grammar class at TCC, and then unasked when I explained that I wasn't going to grill and drill students in grammar exercises. Many of my students are African American and have been told most of their lives that AAVE is inferior, incorrect, and improper, leading to extreme cases of writer's block due to anxiety about putting the "wrong" words on paper. Blah!