Monday, March 21, 2005

After the C's

Well, friends of Writing Center Journal, another CCCC has come and gone, and it's my opportunity to add some context to those photos from Michele that fill her last entry. Let this year's 4C's be known as the "Year of the Circus." Yes, my friends, it was a veritable three-ring affair at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.

Here's a shot of the arrangements:

Well, actually, I understate the scene. In reality, around 20 rings were operating simultaneously, each surrounded by tasteful curtains in white and purple alternating panels. The overall effect was akin to listening to someone shouting from the back of an airplane hanger while a 757 was revving its engines. Or perhaps like listening the public address announcements at one of Boston's underground MBTA stops. Whatever the analogy, after a day of such joy, I was sapped.

Things weren't made any better by the relative crowds who turned out to hear my talk and Michele's talk.

Here's Michele's audience:

Here's mine:

Hmm. And you would have thought that my title, "A Post-Hermeneutic Alternative to Hegemonic Practices, Colon, Taking the Shake out of Shakespeare," would have generated some excitement. Apparently not.

Well, friends, there's always next year.

Neal Lerner


At 6:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know we had a good reason to switch to the Moscone Center, but the acoustics in all of the "rooms" were absolutely awful. In spite of that, I liked the talks that I was actually able to hear.

At 7:23 AM, Blogger theorris said...

Even in the "real" rooms the curtaining went on. I a moment of post-modernity, one presenter was presenting on Dave Eggers while he was speaking over her in the next curtained part of the room.

At 6:26 PM, Blogger Lisa said...

Great post-Cs roundup, Neil! The rooms were a real problem. The session where I gave my talk was held in one of those little roomlets that were simply spaces cordoned off by curtains. That was problematic enough, but our room was located next to a huge loading dock, and semi-trucks actually drove up to the dock, gunned their motors, and made huge noises while unloading.

That was an experience.

Still I heard some great talks at the Cs, as I always do. I was at the Dave Eggers' talk on the community writing center he helped found; that was really inspiring and reminded me of the great work that the Salt Lake City Community College Writing Center is doing.

It made me want to think about similar ways we might extend Writing Center services at Oregon State University.

Lisa Ede

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