Date: Wed, 7 Dec 1994 09:55:09 -0500


Subject: Re: The ADS crystal ball

Although what I say on the subject should be taken lightly, since I haven't

been able to attend the ADS annual meetings for the last few years (one of the

many costs of deaning), I heartily support the notion that ADS ought to have

its own meeting and not be linked to MLA or LSA. A meeting in April, with or

without an annual focus or theme, would get us out from under the problem of

choosing between MLA and LSA.

I would note that, in part, this problem was created by LSA's decision not to

meet at the same time as MLA, thereby disrupting a good many professional lives-

-especially those who can't afford to attend more than one or two conferences a

year. Had LSA and MLA continued to meet at the same time and place, ADS could

have continued as an affiliated meeting.

I hope that other ADS members will support the idea of a separate ADS national