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UIS English Department Hosts Conference

The Purpose(s) of English: A Conference on the Future of English Studies

The conference will be held at UIS on Friday, October 19 and Saturday October 20, 2007. To download a PDF version of the conference program, click here.

Keynote Addresses:

“Will There Always Be an English?”
Christine Farris, Professor of English and Director of Composition, Indiana University

“Should We Teach Literature as Rhetoric?”
John Schilb, Professor of English, Indiana University

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
To register for the conference, please submit the electronic form located here.

Registration fees are $75 for full-time instructors and $65 for part-time, adjunct, and graduate instructors. Fees can be paid by credit card or check. If paying by credit card, call Conference Services during regular business hours at (217) 206-6073. If paying by check, send a copy of your registration form and your payment to:

UIS Bursar’s Office
University of Illinois at Springfield
One University Plaza, MS PAC 184
Springfield, IL 62703-5407

Please submit the electronic form as soon as possible. Payments must be received by October 5, 2007.


To view the original CFP, click here.

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Dr. Bill Carpenter, (217) 206-8332, or Dr. Sara Cordell, (217) 206-7213.


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