The CEA Forum
Summer/Fall 2005: 34.2
Table of Contents
Kathleen Thornton / The Artist of the Beautiful: An Allegory for Our Times
"Why do we no longer care about or encourage the WOW? Why is the beauty of language, sentence structure, and characterization deconstructed, diluted, and dismissed by the elusive and denuded language of theory that, in some cases, appears to be convoluted, specious tail-chasing?..." (read more)
From the Classroom
Peter Telep / "Dude, How's My Class?"
"This was my first step in realizing that I did not need to be the sage on the stage with all the answers..." (read more)
Martin Kich / Using Political Cartoons as the Basis for a Freshman Comp Research Paper: Delineating the Reasons for the Failure of Yet Another Clever Idea
"To put it as bluntly as they no doubt did, and may still be doing, it sucked and sucked big time..." (read more)
Columns ~ new feature!
Kathryn Miles / Service Stations
“We know it's a good thing, it enhances learning and community involvement, and all of those things. But a better definition? I don't know. I suppose that's elusive...” (read more)
Colin Irvine / Making Lemonade: An Assistant English Professor's Perspective on the Profession
"To be sure, the sense of being a fake at some level informs and infects nearly every facet of our young professional lives..." (read more)
CEA Annual Conference
Ann Hawkins, CEA President / CEA Annual Conference (read more)
Lisa Beckelhimer / Review of Empathic Teaching: Education for Life by Jeffrey Berman (read more)
Jill Gold Wright / Review of The Profession of English in the Two-Year College edited by Mark Reynolds and Sylvia Holladay-Hicks (read more)
In Memoriam (read more)________________________________________________________________________________________
Welcome to a special pre-conference issue of The CEA Forum. This issue highlights the 2005 and 2006 Annual Conferences, and has a new feature: two columns we hope will have regular spots in our Table of Contents. Kathryn Miles offers some insight into academic service learning and its place in the writing classroom, and Colin Irvine takes us into the sometimes nerve-wracking, always interesting world of the junior English professor. We hope you enjoy these new features -- as always, any feedback or suggestions are welcome!
As we look forward to meeting in San Antonio in just a few weeks, we'd like to recognize the hard work of all the members of the CEA -- particularly this year's Program Chair, Socky O'Sullivan -- who make the annual conference such a stimulating and enriching event. If you take a look at the program for this year's conference, you'll see a tremendous diversity of topics and perspectives. It is this diversity that makes the CEA such a rewarding group to be part of. We'd also like to acknowledge the work of President Ann Hawkins. She has had a very successful tenure, starting with her able service as Program Chair for the 2005 Annual Conference in Indianapolis; her report from that event appears in this issue, as does her President's Welcome for the upcoming meeting in San Antonio.
In thinking back to past meetings and looking forward to the next, we would like to take a moment to encourage CEA members to submit pieces on the teaching and learning of English in all its aspects toThe CEA Forum. One of the things that makes the CEA a vibrant and thriving organization is the wide range of interests of its members from all arenas of the profession and all types of institutions, and the commitment of those members to the work of teaching: literature, language, creative writing, composition and rhetoric, popular culture. As you prepare for the conference, keep The Forum in mind as a possible venue through which to share your work with other teacher-scholars. (And keep The Critic in mind for longer works of criticism -- submissions of article length (15-30 pages) are accepted on an ongoing basis.)
Please note, too, that there is now a link on the Publications page of the CEA website to Books Received, under the section "Book Reviews." Contact Janine Utell if you are interested in writing book reviews for The CEA Forum -- we'll update the list regularly, and we welcome suggestions.
Watch for our next regular issue in July 2006. We'll be pleased to feature highlights from this year's conference, as well as the complete Call for Papers for the 2007 Annual Conference in New Orleans: "Empathy and Ethics."
See you in San Antonio!
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