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February 14, 2006

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Investigating Our Reality: Bridging Interdisciplinary Gaps
2006 IUP GSA/EGO 4th Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference

February 18, 2006, 8:30 am to 6:30 pm
Hadley Union Building [HUB]
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, PA 15705-1094

The GSA and EGO are pleased to host this year’s plenary speaker, Dr. Marc Bousquet. His keynote address to the annual conference will be held in the Ohio Room at 1:45 pm and is entitled: "Management Theory and Academic Reality." Dr. Bousquet will speak about the following issues . . .

. . . “Higher education administration is increasingly indistinguishable from the corporate culture of any large service-industry organization. In the highly ideological, theory-driven culture of education management, values and the language used to convey them have sharply diverged from academic realities, especially the embodied needs of students and faculty. For instance, in management language, the notion of boosting education "quality" is code for raising education "efficiency," which is to say, the continuous reduction of spending on the needs and priorities of everyone involved with the campus, except administrators themselves. How can students and faculty assert control over the mission of our universities? How can we make "quality" mean "learning" and make "efficiency" mean "needing many fewer administrators"? Are there other theories better suited to the description of academic realities?”

• The conference is free and open to the public.

• 50 scheduled professional presentations, roundtable discussions and workshops. The titles for some of them are as follows:

BIRDS, BEASTS & BUILDING BLOCKS: PORTRAYALS OF WOMEN IN MEDIEVAL LITERATURE
Christine de Pizan’s City of Ladies: A “Monument”al (Re)Construction of, for, and by Women of All Time Defamation of Women and Response in Medieval Bestiary
Medieval Birds: Symbol of the Carnal Female in Antifeminist Literature and Women’s Songs
PERSPECTIVES ON ECOLOGY: THE ENVIROMENT AS CREATIVE SPACE
Deep Ecology: Stitching the Arms of Ecocomposition and Ecocriticism Onto the Body of Ecostudies
Space, Place, and Discursive Landscapes: Exploring Sites of Writing as Ecological Spaces
Embodied with the Spirit of the Mountains: An Ecocritical Reading of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s White Mountain Tales
CHOICES OF CREATIVITY AND CHRISTIANITY
William Butler Yeats and Christianity
Aesthetic Implication in A Clockwork Orange
The Moral Dilemma in Stephen Crane’s The Monster
CONCEPTUALIZING CRIMINOLOGICAL ISSUES
Empirical Conceptualization: The Downfall of Criminology
A Reconceptualization of Community Policing
Conceptualizing Incarceration/Punishment in America
READING RELATIONSHIPS: RACIAL CONSTRUCTION AND POLITICS
The Seductive Motif in Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
The “Kabnis” Model of White Oppression Reflected in Cather and Faulkner
James Joyce’s Negative Portrayal of Blacks in Ulysses
TEACHING STRATEGIES IN CONTEMPORARY TIMES
Traditional Family Values: Ecology Meets Deep Genealogy in Wendell Berry’s The Long-Legged House and Terry Tempest Williams’s Refuge
‘I Have a Dream’: An Elderly Woman with Learning Disabilities Writes Her Civil Rights Story
A Modern Look at Early Adult Education
PARTICIPATORY LEARNING: BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN ACADEMIA AND ACTIVISM
STRUCTURAL COMPLEXITIES OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY WOMAN’S NOVEL
Kristevan Abjection in Djuna Barnes’s Nightwood
Toni Morrison and the Language of the Text
Rhythm in Woolf’s To the Lighthouse
THE ATTITUDES OF MUSLIM FOREIGN STUDENTS TOWARDS THE AMERICAN EDUCATION SYSTEM
INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGIES
Integration of Technology into the Curriculum: No Girl Left Behind
I’m Clear, You’re Clear, We’re All Clear: Automated External Defibrillators (AED) in the School Setting
Basic Life Support Protocol for Space Medical Operations
Second Language Writers’ Negotiation of the Two Identities
The Dynamic Nature of Identity Construction in Interactions
Women of Color in Feminist Movements: Recognition of Interdependence among Women
Do West and East Meet?
REVOLUTIONS IN ESL METHODOLOGY
The Theory of Challenge: Applications to Language Learning
Why Should We Include Culture in EFL/ESL Teaching?
A Love Affair of Pidgin
THE PROCESS OF TEACHING RESEARCH WRITING: PITFALLS AND PRODUCTIVITY
MANIPULATIONS OF TRAGEDY & HORROR IN THEATRE & FILM
NeoAristolean Interpretations of Lorraine Hansberry’s The Drinking Gourd
Consumerist Critique in George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead
Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride: A Postmodern Angle
READING BETWEEN THE LINES: SHAPING PERSONAL & NATIONAL IDENTITIES THROUGH LETTERS
How Do You Keep Her on the Farm Once She’s Seen Paris? The Issue of Gender and Societal Convention
“The Very Breadth of their Field Expands Them”: An Ideology of America in Samuel Bowles’s Across the Continent (1865)
Dueling Personalities in Edith Wharton’s Personal Correspondence: Examining Elements of Moustaches and Pearls
INQUIRIES INTO CURRENT SOCIAL ISSUES
Sex: An Interdisciplinary Comparison of Changing Ethical Canons
What Domain-Specific Factors Predict Adolescent Aggression? A Logistic Regression Analysis of Rural Youth
Body Mass Index (BMI) in the School Setting
Understanding the New Generation of Muslim-American Students: A Guide for Teachers
APPALACHIAN EXPRESSIONS: POETRY, SONG & SPEECH
Incorporating the Work of Appalachian Poets across the Disciplines
Working their Mojo: Country Blues Performers as Oral Performers
Yes, We Do Wear Shoes: An Exploration of Stereotypes
RADICAL HISTORIOGRAPHY: REWRITING ACADEMIC SELVES

• Lunch and refreshments will be provided. The day's agenda is as follows:

8:30 am
Registration Begins in Lobby / Breakfast Begins in Ohio Room
9:00—10:30
Concurrent Panels
10:30—10:45
Break
10:45—12:15
Concurrent Panels
12:15 pm
Registration Ends
12:15—12:30
Break
12:30 –1:30
Lunch in Susquehanna Room
1:30—1:45
Break
1:45—2:45
Keynote Address in Ohio Room
2:45—3:00
Break
3:00—4:30
Concurrent Panels
4:30—5:00
Coffee Break in Susquehanna Room
5:00—6:30
Concurrent Panels

The Graduate Student Assembly and the English Graduate Organization of Indiana University of Pennsylvania would like to acknowledge the following individuals who have made this year’s conference possible.

Tony Atwater
President of Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Mark J. Staszkiewicz
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, IUP

Ramesh Soni
Interim Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies, IUP

Donna Griffith
Assistant Dean for Administration, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Gail Berlin
English Department Chair, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Karen Dandurand
Director of Graduate Studies in Literature and Criticism, IUP

Jerry Gebhard
Director of Graduate Studies in Composition and TESOL, IUP

The GSA and EGO would also like to extend their gratitude to:

The IUP Graduate School, our plenary speaker, Marc Bousquet, David Downing, panelists, moderators and their respective academic departments plus everyone who submitted papers this year to the 2006 conference. A special welcome to those who made the journey to IUP from afar.

About Marc Bousquet
Dr. Bousquet is the distinguished author of How the University Works: Higher Education and the Low-Wage Nation (NYU Press, forthcoming). With Katherine Wills, he co-edited The Politics of Information: The Electronic Mediation of Social Change and, with Tony Scott and Leo Parascondola, Tenured Bosses and Disposable Teachers: Writing Work in the Managed University. Marc's work has been highlighted in IUP's own Works and Days in an issue titled: Information University: Rise of the EMO. He was the founding editor of Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor, has taught at Indiana University-Bloomington, the University of Louisville, and the City University of New York, and is currently Associate Professor of English at Santa Clara University, California.

About GSA
The GSA [Graduate Student Assembly] serves as a forum to express the concerns of the IUP graduate community to the university administration. It also attempts to enhance the quality of the graduate educational and social experience through the provision of information, programs, and activities that may benefit graduate students. To meet these goals, social, academic, informational and self-improvement programs are offered throughout the year.

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About EGO
EGO [the English Graduate Organization] is a pre-professional organization that provides support, both social and academic, for the English department graduate students at IUP. The members of EGO organize and participate in conferences, plan workshops relevant to English graduate students, attend events of interest in the area (such as art shows, lectures, etc...) and hold an annual book sale. Most importantly, EGO is a forum where English graduate students can share their ideas, concerns and graduate experiences with their peers.

2006 Graduate Conference Planning Committee Members:

Chair Lee Hobbs, Allyson Marino, Pamela Rodgers, Whitney Tudor, Jill Wagner, Jay Sarver, Mahmoud Amer, and Krystia Nora.

Panel Moderators:
Jay Sarver, Krystia Nora, Heejung Cha, Nicole Lise Rosen, Whitney Tudor, Pamela Rodgers, Matt Holman, Deborah Stultz, Christine Pristash, Mahmoud Amer and Allyson Marino

This Year's Presenters:
Jill Wagner, Matthew Hughes, Pamela Rodgers, Brian Cope, Kimberly Thomas, Katrina J. Quinn, Leon Stennis, Jae-uk Choo, Yanjun Zhang, Krystia Nora, Bryan Fedorek, David A. Strauss, Jeffrey W. Cohen, Yanjun Zhang, Aaron Yorchak, Rachael Dawn Goss, Nicole Lise Rosen, Matt Holman, Ihab Freiz, Jenny Bowen, Nurun Begum, Marc Bousquet, Donna Griffith, Lee Hobbs, Jennifer Thurheimer, Scott Rhoades, Yi-Wen Huang, Deepak K. Pant, Heejung Cha, Mais ALQutami, Mahmoud Amer, Qisi Zhang, Amy Tillman, Mary Grace Gainer, Amy Hagenrater-Gooding, Alyce Baker-Putt, Ghada Sasa (via notes), Tom McLaren, Jennifer Woolston, Kelley Gordon, T. Madison Peschock, Philip Stinson, Rebecca J. Boyd, David Myers, Parveen Ali, Katrina Thacker, Jay Sarver, Whitney Tudor, and Roseanne Gatto.

For full information and a scheduling of panels, please consult this year's online program at:
www.english.iup.edu/ego

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Posted by lhobbs at February 14, 2006 04:06 PM

Readers' Comments:

21 February 2006

On behalf of this year's planning committee, I’d like to offer our sincere appreciation to each and every one of you who participated in this year’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference.

It simply wouldn’t have been possible without your support, participation and attendance. New records were set this year!

I appreciate all of the positive feedback several of you have already been sending to the address below. Along with the response forms that many of you filled out at the conference, the committee would like to collect your thoughts in one place. We’ve set aside some web-space on the English-Blog server for this purpose.

If you have any constructive comments about this year’s event or helpful suggestions for next year’s event, we invite you to please leave your replies here. Feel free to remark on your impressions of this year’s keynote address HERE!

Again, thanks so much and I look forward to passing this useful information along to next year’s conference planning committee. Please consider joining them!

With kind regards,

Lee Hobbs
2006 GSA/EGO Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference Planning Committee Chair
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Posted by: Lee at February 21, 2006 11:19 PM

Hi Lee,

I'm sorry that I didn't come to this conference because I just didn't know about it in time. I'm wondering if you did much advertising for it and if you might suggest to next year's committee that they put the word out.

Georgia L.

Posted by: Georgia L. at February 22, 2006 01:13 PM

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Note from Lee:

Georgia, thanks for your comment and I'm sorry that you didn't find out about it until it was over. Several people have asked us about this subject so let me just say, first, what we did do to promote this year's conference.

This year, our promotional sub-committee:

1.Posted a CFP by e-mail to the IUP listserv that goes to every graduate student on campus, to the faculty listserv, to the GSA listserv, to the EGO listserv, to the C&T listserve and several other graduate organization listservs (like the Criminology one) that were provided to us from the GSA. There were at least 3 e-mails sent out to all of these groups: a CFP, a CFP deadline extension and the actual advertisement for the conference with links to the online schedule.

2. Hardcopy promotional materials were copied and distributed to the mailboxes of every graduate student in the English department and signs (pink and orange) for the original CFP and the deadline extension were plastered in every major Graduate student "area" on campus, including the library and some of the TA office areas. Where we had permission, we posted in other grad department bulletin boards, like the history department, for example. In Leonard Hall alone, dozens were attached to the various doors (to the seminar room, to the PC lab, to the TA office, etc.), to the bulletin boards, to the areas near the doors of the Graduate Office, and the English Department office, Nicholson Library and the Leo Lounge. Some were taped to the mailboxes themselves. Both CFP versions are also in the faculty mailroom of Leo 110.

3. Snail-mail, hand-delivered by the campus mail services. Individual typed invitations were sent to every Graduate Department head that had students who submitted proposals, the deans and the university president.

4. A public advertisement for the event was made available on the EGO website, for which a link is included in every EGO listserv message. Also, the minutes of the EGO meetings are listed on the EGO website which contain the highlights of the conference planning committee meeetings.

5. A booksale was conducted last semester with the sole purpose of supporting the financial burdens of the conference.

6. The GSA paid for, at least, 4 different quarter-page ads in the PENN university newspaper which is free and available to every student on campus.

7. Several instructors asked us to print more materials about the keynote speaker, for example, which we did so that they could distribute this material in their classes.

8. All of the committee members, who are also graduate students, plugged the conference in their own graduate classes on several occasions.

9. On the front page of the English Department website (a part of the University pages) there is a block of "current events" that is updated regularly. Google claims that, after the library pages and the actual home page, the English department pages are the "most visited." Our CFP was (and still is, I believe) there.

10. The Co-op Marquee, in front of the HUB, was also commissioned to advertise the event.

I'm sure I'm forgetting something but if you can think of something we didn't cover in our promotion efforts, we'd be happy to hear your suggestions! I'll certainly pass them on to next year's committee. Thanks again!

Posted by: Lee at February 22, 2006 01:39 PM

Hello all,

I think this year's GSA/EGO conference was a blast! Very enthusiastic team of students, well-composed papers and presentations, and a diversity like never before, GSA/EGO is A+ work.

Thanks to all who helped make it a great success. I personally look forward to next year's conference!

Mahmoud

Posted by: Mahmoud at February 23, 2006 10:22 PM

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Note from Lee:

Thanks Mahmoud, that means a lot!

You also did an excellent job with all the website promotion and work that so often goes unacknowledged. It was and is absolutely appreciated. Thanks for moderating too!

Posted by: Lee at February 23, 2006 10:25 PM

The conference was great and quite professional, and the talk with Dr. Bousquet was both interesting and informative. In addition, the amount of promotion for the conference was just right.

Posted by: Kelley at February 27, 2006 12:06 PM

I have just discovered your website and am currently teaching a course, 'contemporary issues in ELT'on an MA in ELT being offered in Hong Kong. I am very interested in the conference topic 'Revolutions in ESL' and would like to ask if it is possible to obtain a copy of the paper for my students.
Thank you very much for your assistance.
Kind regards,
BJ Gran

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