WPA at MLA 2006

WPA at MLA: 30th Anniversary

The 2006 MLA Convention will mark the 30th Anniversary of the MLA session at which the Council of Writing Program Administrators was founded. To celebrate that occasion, this year’s panels look back at WPA’s efforts at inclusion over the past thirty years and discuss the great potential that increasing diversity provides for us, both as an organization and within our writing classes.

“Moving toward Inclusion: Thirty Years of the Council of Writing Program Administrators,”
Friday, December 29th, 1:45–3:00 p.m., Room 307 of the Philadelphia Marriott.
• Chris Anson, North Carolina State University: Drawing in, Reaching Out: The Problems and Prospects of Internationalization
• Joe Janangelo, Loyola University, Chicago: Why Diversify?
• M. Elizabeth Sargent, University of Alberta: On the Trail of the Outcomes Statement: Increasing the Work of the WPA in Canada
• Joseph S. Eng, California State University Monterey Bay: WPA and Diversity: The Asian-American Locations in the Modern University
Shirley Rose (Purdue University) will preside and serve as respondent.

“Challenges of the Future: Foregrounding Diversity in the WPA Palette”
Saturday, December 30th, noon to 1:15, Room 302 of the Philadelphia Marriott.

• Juanita Comfort, West Chester University: Framing Diversity Issues for College Writers: Listening to a Multi-Vocal Writing Program
• Wendy Olson, Washington State University, Pullman: Writing Programs, Diversity, and the Knowledge Economy: Some Implications
• Ellen Strenski, University of California, Irvine: Electronic Equity or Exclusion: Four Campus Digital Divides
• Jonathan Alexander, University of Cincinnati and William Banks, East Carolina University: Queer Eye for the Comp Program: Towards a Queer Critique of WPA Work
Dominic Delli Carpini (York College of Pennsylvania) will Chair this session.

WPA 30th Anniversary Reception
The Council of Writing Program Administrators, the Philadelphia Writing Program Administrators, Temple University, and York College of Pennsylvania will be sponsoring a reception at MLA from 5:00-7:00 on the evening of Friday, December 29 at the Hilton Garden Inn (1100 Arch St) in Philadelphia

Beer, wine, & appetizers will be provided and the Mike Frank Jazz Trio will play.

All WPA members and potential members are cordially invited. Save the date!