Date: Wed, 21 Dec 1994 14:36:07 CST
From: Mike Picone MPICONE[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UA1VM.UA.EDU
Subject: Re: Where o where?
It does seem to make some sense to meet in a venue where there is the most
overlap of vital interests with another organization, if, that is, one
is going to discard the idea of independent meetings because of the
added expense, time commitment, etc.
This is especially true if the main justification for joint meetings is
to further recruitment of potentially interested individuals. I will give
an example of where this seems to have worked. When LAVIS-II and SECOL
met together, a number of people who were attracted to LAVIS found out
about SECOL, too. Some of these people are my colleagues here at Alabama
working on Southern dialect and discourse, others I know because, like me, they
work on Louisiana French. All had been told about SECOL by me but had made
no previous attempt to connect, despite my proddings. It was the link-up
with LAVIS that was critical for them in the first instance, but a few of
them, I have noticed, now continue to be active members in SECOL and continue
participating and presenting at its meetings. Actually, to take the
example a step further, it was at LAVIS-II that I first seriously considered
membership in ADS after Allan Metcalf's excellent pep talk on that subject.
(My membership inadvertantly lapsed this year due to a foul-up on renewal
notification, but it will shortly be reinstated for the coming year.)
University of Alabama