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UIS English Department Hosts Conference: English Studies 2009

Curriculum, Politics, and the Student/Teacher of English: The Second Conference on the Future of English Studies

The conference will be held at UIS on Friday, October 16 and Saturday October 17, 2009. To download a PDF version of the conference schedule, click here.

Keynote Speaker:

Professor Richard Miller, Rutgers University

Readings for Miller Workshop:
Op-Ed Contributor: The Abu Ghraib We Cannot See (NY Times)
The St. Louis Refugee Ship Blues (Washington Post)

Travel to Springfield
The city of Springfield is accessible via Interstates 55 and 72. It is located approximately 90 miles northeast of St. Louis, MO and 80 miles south of Bloomington/Normal, IL. If flying to the area, check flights to and from St. Louis, Bloomington, Peoria, and Springfield. Chicago’s airports are all over 200 miles away. To get local driving directions, click here.

Hotels within a short driving distance to campus range from $59 to $99 a night. A list of these hotels can be found here. Participants looking to stay downtown near the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum can choose from several bed and breakfasts and hotels. A list of downtown accommodations can be found here.

Registration fees and procedures

Registration fees are $75 for full-time college and university instructors and $65 for students and secondary, middle-school, part-time, adjunct, and graduate instructors. Fees can be paid by credit card or check. Registration fees include all meals. Click here to register online.

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Dr. Bill Carpenter or Dr. Sara Cordell, (217) 206-7213.


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