Updates - MLA sessions, elections, and non-profit incorporation

It's end-of-the-calendar-year update time for CWPA!

First, if you're travelling to MLA in Los Angeles, be sure to attend the two CWPA-sponsored sessions, both of which are part of the special "Academy in Hard Times" strand. Specific details on the sessions are listed below -- be sure to attend if you can.

Second, CWPA elections are coming up soon. You can read about candidates for Vice President (will succeed to President) and new Executive Board members before casting your ballot.

Finally, the proposal to move CWPA toward becoming a non-profit corporation has been overwhelmingly approved by members. Day-to-day, this won't affect your membership experience significantly; however, it does position CWPA to move forward in more efficient ways as we continue to grow. If you have any questions, contact me (Linda Adler-Kassner) or CWPA Secretary Keith Rhodes via the "Contact" link on this very web site.

Those MLA sessions:

56. Writing Programs, Hard Times, and Effective Actions

1:45–3:00 p.m., 410, LA Convention Center

Program arranged by the Council of Writing Program Administrators

Presiding: Kurt Spellmeyer, Rutgers University

1. “A Call for a Twenty-First-Century Federal Writers’ Project,” Deborah Mutnick, Long Island Univ., Brooklyn

2. “Learning How to Survive Hard Times: Lessons from the NEH Grants for Writing, 1973–87,” Anne Geller, Saint John’s Univ., NY

3. “Resistance Is Not Futile: Recession Proofing (and Coping) for WPAs,” Randall McClure, Georgia Southern Univ.

4. “On Our Own Time: Composition Deliberates the Apocalypse,” Paul L. Lynch, Saint Louis Univ.

 

140. What Is “College Level Writing” in the Twenty-First Century?

5:15–6:30 p.m., 410, LA Convention Center

Program arranged by the Council of Writing Program Administrators

Presiding: Les Perelman, Massachusetts Inst. of Tech.

1. “Local Values, Global Perspectives: College Writing at Hispanic-Serving Institutions,” Jolivette Mecenas, Univ. of La Verne

2. “Writing in the Era of the Shadow Elite: The Twilight of the Professions and the Rebirth of the Public Sphere,” Kurt Spellmeyer, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick

3. “Negotiating College-Level Writing in New Media in the Writing Center,” Kate Pantelides, Univ. of South Florida