Last week, I attended my first meeting of the College Conference on Composition and Communication. Herewith, some random bullet points:
- I gave a paper in which I outed myself as someone who suffers from (and receives medical care for) sometimes debilitating anxiety and depression. And whaddya know? I guess I’m outing myself here, too.
- I joined the CCCC special interest group devoted to disability studies and volunteered to develop the website.
- I learned a lot. (Don’t laugh. I’ve been to conferences where that wasn’t the case.)
- I talked a bit with Jeff, Jenny, and Derek at the hotel bar. I chatted briefly with Donna at the airport. I saw Clancy and Byron from afar but did not get to chat. I know other bloggers attended, but I did not see them…I fell down on the job at arranging meetups, and for that I feel somewhat guilty.
- I attended the Bedford/St. Martin’s party at the NOLA Aquarium and couldn’t stop thinking about how much my students pay for their textbooks…and felt more than a little guilty about the free food and drink those textbook prices make possible. I’m pretty sure I’m going to stop using textbooks in my composition classrooms.
- I ate two oyster poboys, gumbo, jambalaya, and a lot of Abita beer.
- I spent a lot of time with UMKC people, who I miss. But I returned home happy to be where I am now.
- I did not spend enough time in the interesting places right at the outskirts of the French Quarter, in which Bourbon Street remains a kind of Disneyland filtered through Larry Flynt’s eyes. But I was glad to find those interesting places.
I’m tagging the links I find related to the conference. If you’ve written about it, or know of relevant links, go ahead and add them to del.icio.us using the tag cccc-2008. And I hope to write more about the conference as well as bloggers’ reactions, time permitting. However, the days are pretty busy here at the end of the semester in Sparkletonia. In a perfect world, I’d post an mp3 of my talk. We’ll see…