Date: Wed, 7 Dec 1994 09:23:13 -0600 From: debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UIUC.EDU Subject: Re: The ADS crystal ball I agree with Allan, or as he is now, aallan[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE], a thoroughly distinctive monicker. Ideally I too would opt for a separate conference, and what better, crueller, month than April (isn't a crueller one of those pastries everyone has a different name for?)? My reservations are two: travel money and cancelling classes. Right now I can scrounge travel money for 2-3 gigs a year, typically NCTE; MLA+ADS; and CCCC, which I go to partly out of my administrative function as a wpa (with no budgeted travel money--have to beg each time). Both NCTE and CCCC typically mean cancelling one or more days of teaching, which I can't usually make up because I can't pull 30-40 students together at one time for a make-up session. Adding an April ADS meeting means yet another, separate, plea for funds and more canceled classes, both of which are problematical. But I do like Aallan's idea of a themed conference all on its own. That is the sort of thing that could attract external funding, at least once in a while. Having organized several sessions for ADS over the years, I'd say we could attract newcomers and fresh ideas if we didn't saturate the market by having too many meetings. Keynote speakers and focused topics are a good draw. Having organized several sessions for ADS over the years, I can also add that focused topics is not an easy thing. Our call for papers on political correctness, language, and the classroom produced many interesting proposals, and a terrific session, but almost none of it had to do with the session topic. illinois dennis -- Dennis Baron debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Department of English 217-333-2392 University of Illinois fax: 217-333-4321 608 South Wright Street Urbana, Illinois 61801