FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        Date: April 5, 2002

   Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716

UIS hosts 6th annual Illinois Philological Association conference

SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois at Springfield’s English program will sponsor the sixth annual conference of the Illinois Philological Association Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20, in the conference center, lower level of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus.

            Begun in 1996 by representatives from several colleges and universities across Illinois, the philological association has two purposes: the scholarly study of language in its literary, historical, and cultural contexts and the promotion of fellowship and intellectual exchange among the state’s faculty and students in English, linguistics, communication, and foreign language programs, as well as independent scholars and writers.

            With the general theme “Literate Practices,” this year’s conference features 31 sessions in both scholarly research and creative writing, with more than 80 presentations covering such topics as: Translators: Traitors or Traders; Medieval and Renaissance Women; Fictional Mothers; Communication with Alzheimer’s Patients; Shakespeare; Modern American Stories; Postmodern Feminist Natures; Distance Learning, Public Education, and Intellectual Property; the Reader as Active Participant in Science Fiction; Gender Messages Implicit in “West Wing”; Evolving Literacy of Baseball Cards; and Language-Based Cultural Changes in Latin America. Panel discussions will range from Haiku to the Tarot and Literature to a roundtable discussion of “So, Why Do You Want to Be an English Major?”

Conference highlights will include a dramatization of Stories from the Round Barn by UIS Professor Emerita Jackie Jackson and a poetic retrospective by UIS Professor Emeritus John Knoepfle. The keynote performance will be a dramatic presentation of Mark Twain’s Diaries of Adam and Eve.

            Conference registration fees paid before April 10 are $45 for faculty, emeritus, and independent scholars, or $30 for students. Registration fees paid after April 10 are $50 for faculty, emeritus, and independent scholars, or $35 for students. A Friday evening banquet begins at 6:15 and costs $15; reservations are due no later than April 10. A luncheon on Saturday is included in the registration fee.

            For registration information and a conference schedule, contact Barbara Cass by phone at (217) 206-6792 or e-mail