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2008 College English Association Conference

Posted by bgsuenglish on September 14, 2007

Charles A. S. Ernst, Executive Director of the College English Association, has passed along an invitation to the 39th Annual CEA Conference to be held at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, on March 27-29, 2008.

He writes:

The primary conference theme for 2008 is “Passages”—pioneering thresholds of which the St. Louis Gateway Arch is symbolic, but also rites of passage, heroic quests, mythic journeys, transitional moments, migrations, travel literature, fantastic trips, and explorations in literature and film. We also invite papers or panels on composition and pedagogy in response to this conference theme.

In addition, the Conference offers a wide-ranging group of traditional and specialty areas to stimulate particular scholarly and pedagogical interests; e.g., Sea at CEA; the Women’s Connection; Creative Writing; Food and the Literary Imagination; Children’s & Adolescent Literature; Hispanic, Latino, Chicano Literature; Book History and Textual Criticism; Reading, Writing, & Teaching English on the Web—and a great deal more.

The keynote speaker at the CEA plenary session on Thursday, March 27, is Ralph Alan Cohen, Founding Executive Director of the American Shakespeare Center (Blackfriars Theatre, Staunton, Virginia).

For program scheduling questions, contact Marina Favila, CEA 2008 Program Chair, Department of English, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA (540-568-3761; e-mail <>). For information on the online submission page, contact Ann R. Hawkins, Immediate Past President and Chair, Membership Committee, Department of English, Texas Tech University (806-742-2500, ext. 296; e-mail <>). For general conference information, contact Charles A. S. Ernst, Executive Director—CEA Headquarters, Department of Arts and Sciences, Hilbert College, Hamburg, NY (716-649-7900, ext. 315; e-mail <<>>); or Ed Demerly, CEA President, Department of English, Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, MI (313-645-9659; e-mail <>).


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