Some useful info for you as you begin to plan your NYCEA conference travel. As mentioned earlier, we have two conference hotels with discounted room blocks. The deadlines to get those rooms are rapidly approaching, so don't delay!
One of those hotels, the Staybridge, is actually hosting our conference dinner on Friday, October 20th. We have finalized the menu, and we are both excited and DROOLING! We will have:
-A fully-stocked salad bar
-Root beer basted beef brisket
-Greek chicken with kalamata olives
-Red roasted potatoes with garlic
-An array of tasty desserts
and a two hour cash bar.
All of this will be in a room at the Staybridge overlooking the Genesee River (see photos below), and after we eat, we will be screening a film by Ida Lupino (the topic of our keynote speaker) as our Friday night entertainment..
We hope to see many of you at the dinner!
As for other updates, the program is coming along--we just need to hear back from a few more folks re: registration, so we can make sure that those who NEED A/V are in rooms that HAVE A/V capability.
Keep an eye on your inbox for more information about the program, deadlines for the graduate paper prize, and other important info. We're only about a month away!
For the next installment of our ongoing feature about the most memorable and rewarding features of the annual NYCEA conference, board member Scott O'Neil shares a few thoughts about one of newest and most distinctive events: the graduate student round-table events. In Scott's words:
NYCEA has always had a wide range in panels, covering both literature and pedagogy, and stretching across the entire canon chronologically, with papers ranging from Anglo-Saxon to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. There is one recurring panel that, as a graduate student, stands out to me. For the last three years, NYCEA has featured a grad student professionalization panel. This concept really began at the 2012 conference, when NYCEA ran a panel on “Teaching at a small college.” I think even then that they were surprised at the turnout. The panel was VERY early in the morning, and the panelists had a full house of graduate students eager to ask questions. The panels returned as a regular feature three years ago, and since then, NYCEA has had grad student roundtables on structuring the C.V. for teaching-centered schools (2014), understanding university service (2015), and preparing for the job talk/teaching demo (2016). These panels started out as a one-off concept to address a perceived need (giving grad students a better sense of the needs and realities of the teaching centered job market), and they have now become a regular feature designed to help grad student members of the organization professionalize. This attitude reflects NYCEA’s approach to viewing graduate student members as equal members—and as a grad student board member, I can personally attest to how welcoming that has been. The grad student round table at NYCEA 2017 is going to focus on preparing the C.V. for Alt Ac job prospects.
Happy Monday! To continue our "NYCEA Memories" series of posts, NYCEA board member Scott O'Neil offers a few remarks about the Friday night entertainments that have long been one of the conference's most popular features. In Scott's words:
One of the things I most look forward to at NYCEA every October is the Friday night entertainment. After the conference dinner, the host puts on some sort of entertainment. What makes this so great is the fact that you literally never know what you might see. My first NYCEA (2010 at St. John Fisher), the entertainment was an interactive performance workshop on medical humanities run by Stephanie Brown-Clark. We’ve also had readings from authors like Eric Gansworth, and our most recent conference featured a brilliant performance-based “Blues musical” that engaged in the history of music and race in America. While there have been a wide array of entertainments, I think my favorite was the one in 2014. That year, everyone who indicated that they would be attending the conference dinner was asked to bring along a poem. After dinner, in a fun, whimsical move, we became the entertainment, putting on an impromptu poetry reading featuring works that touched on school and education in some way. There were amusing pieces, serious pieces, historical/archival poems, and the occasional original work. That’s one of the thing I most love about NYCEA. It’s not “stodgy” or stereotypical. It’s more like a group of friends getting together every year.
Throughout the year, NYCEA board members and participants will write short blog posts describing memorable NYCEA moments. To kick-start this series, our current president, Deborah VanderBilt, offers some reflections and memories about the 2014 keynote address, delivered by the Folger Shakespeare Institute's Peggy O'Brien. In Deb's words:
A highlight of my NYCEA experience was the plenary given by Dr. Peggy O’Brien, then the Education Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library in 2014. She talked about the use of Shakespeare at all levels of education from primary to graduate studies, but then took us all through an acting exercise from Julius Caesar. It wasn’t focused on reading the play; she told us to let that go. And she didn’t direct us, but let each person do what each of us thought would make sense given the “script” of the play. Instead of the lines she asked us to listen to the tones in our voices … the location of our bodies in relation to each other … the clusters that seemed to organically form in the group.
It was a fascinating exercise, especially when she compared what had happened with our group to a group of fifth-graders she had worked with earlier that year! But what made it great was the group. We’d spent about 24 hours together by that point, a relatively small group of conferences, in and out of rooms in shifting clusters. Most of us took part in that exercise. Peggy was more than our speaker; by the end of the exercise, she was our colleague. The small size of the NYCEA conference and the shared interests and love of teaching of the group leads to experiences like this every single year for me.
Image of Peggy O'Brien running a similar workshop at Arizona State University; this photo can be found at Arizona State University's website.
The New York College English Association is thrilled to announce that the keynote address at the 2017 conference will be delivered by Professor Julie Grossman of LeMoyne College (located in Syracuse, New York).
Prof. Grossman teaches courses in literature and film and television studies. She is founding co-editor of the book series Adaptation and Visual Culture (Palgrave Macmillan). She is the author of numerous scholarly essays in edited collections and journals such as Quarterly Review of Film and Video, ELH, and Criticism. Her books include A Due Voci: The Photography of Rita Hammond (co-edited with Ann M. Ryan and Kim Waale, Syracuse University Press, 2003); Rethinking the Femme Fatale in Film Noir (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, 2012); Literature, Film, and Their Hideous Progeny: Adaptation and ElasTEXTity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015); Ida Lupino, Director: Her Art and Resilience in Times of Transition (co-authored with Therese Grisham, Rutgers UP, 2017); and Adaptation in Visual Culture: Images, Texts, and Their Multiple Worlds (co-edited with R. Barton Palmer, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). She is presently at work on a two-volume book project on performance in film noir (co-authored with R. Barton Palmer), forthcoming from Edinburgh University Press.
In conjunction with the conference's focus on the relationship between marginality and centrality, Prof. Grossman's keynote address will share some insights and research from her recently published book project about Ida Lupino, one of only two women to direct movies in the classical Hollywood era. Watch this space throughout the summer for more information about Prof. Grossman's keynote address!
The New York College English Association is thrilled to announce that we are very close to finalizing our keynote speaker for the 2017 conference, which will take place at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York this coming October. Please keep your eyes glued to this space, as a more official announcement with more specific information about the keynote's identity and the subject of the keynote address will be posted to this space on Monday afternoon!
CEA 2016, March 31st—April 2nd, 2016, was held at one the most beautiful of all possible conference venues, at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Denver, Colorado. Presenting before a panoramic view of the Rocky Mountains from the 38th floor of the hotel lent a certain grandeur even to a paper about ePortfolios! The slow time of the mountains seemed to offer a silent commentary upon trending practices in college English education and fresh perspectives on literature old and new.
This year’s theme, “Creation,” lent itself nicely to topics ranging from racial, gender, and cultural constructions; narrative theory; genre-making; literacies; classroom innovations; linguistic and discourse theory; and of course a return to myth and Creation stories proper. Apart from my own panel, “Creative Approaches to Assessment of Student Learning,” I followed a literature track through the conference. The panel I found most thought-provoking was “Tribes, Cultures, and Lost Identities,” because of its immediate relevance to the contemporary political challenges of shifting borders and massive migrations of refugee populations. Kittiphong Praphan (Mahasarakham University) addressed the effects of neo-colonial capitalism upon India’s tribals (“Recreation of Tribals: Debt, Bonded Slavery, and Bonded Prostitution in Mahasweta Devi’s Imaginary Maps”). His paper elucidated not only the dehumanizing force of a “globalized ruling class” that manipulates local economies from afar, but also the way that subjugation by money rather than direct colonial occupation “uncouples” the economic ruling class from the responsibility to offer protection for the tribal laborers. Instead, India’s tribals are instrumentalized in the building of dams that flood their tribal lands, their sufferings subsumed under Western “development” ideology that propagates the myth of a poor country in need of industrial advancement. The stories in Mahasweta Devi’s Imaginary Maps reveal the exploitative cycle of bonded laborers facing a life of insurmountable debt to money lenders, resulting in a form of “bonded slavery” whose debts carry on to the next generation. For the first time, thanks to Kittiphong’s paper, I realized the difference between “post-colonial” and “neo-colonial,” and ways that the former implies a liberation from foreign rule that is misleading. As long as global corporate giants are “uncoupled” from responsibility to protect tribal workers from economic exploitation, the global map is still divided by colonial rule of a different kind—one that is less accountable for its actions than ever before.
In the same panel, Carolyn Marcille (Buffalo State College) presented as “Dr. Marcille” for the first time, having recently defended her dissertation. (I have to admit that had she not been on the panel, I might have attended the Shakespeare papers instead. But Buff State and UB are neighbors. Naturally I had to cheer on a fellow Buffalonian!) Her paper, “Postcolonialism, Transcorporeality and the Bordered Body,” did a fantastic job illustrating the ways that the human body is not safely bordered from the environment, but rather is increasingly “unbordered.” In the follow-up Q&A, we remarked how the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, perfectly illustrates her thesis. Similar to Kittiphong’s presentation, Carolyn’s also argued that certain bodies are more “bordered” than others, and that the bodies given least protection from environmental disaster are marked along racial and economic divides.
It was my pleasure to highlight what I thought were two outstanding presentations at CEA 2016, but I could easily go on. I attended panels on American 20th Century Novelists; American Gender and Narrative; Creating the Modern; Reaching the 21st Century; Prisons & Police; and Language & Gender Roles. Since this was my first visit to the CEA, I didn’t notice that all events beyond the panel sessions required pre-registration. Unfortunately, I’m unable to report on the luncheon speakers, but thanks to Scott’s coaching before the conference, knew to prepare myself for the annual book grab on Saturday! Like the CEA veterans, I scouted the book exhibit in advance. As luck would have it, my name was the 3rd drawn and I snagged my first choice, a new English translation of Mo Yan’s Frog, which chronicles the story of a Chinese midwife whose standing in the village falls when the woman who once delivered infants becomes the local enforcer of the new One Child law.
I crossed paths with many presenters from New York, but as a newcomer to the NYCEA, none that I recognized from our October conference at Hilliard College. For future national conferences, perhaps we could find each other in advance or even collaborate on moderating a panel. Looking forward to next year!
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