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Poetry, Politics & The Profession
A Tribute to Cary Nelson

Hotel Information for Visiting Guests

The Friday night roast is the only event that requires preregistration and is currently full.


Friday, October 27, 2006: Levis Faculty Center

10:00 – 10:25 am: coffee and pastries

10:25 am: Welcome by Michael Rothberg and Peter Garrett

10:30 am – 12:30 pm:
Panel 1: The Political Role of Intellectuals

Chair: Melissa Girard (UIUC)

Michael Bérubé (Penn State), "The Organization Man."
Grant Farred (Duke), "'Within Every Worker, An Intellectual': Reading Ranciere to Nelson."
Alan Wald (Michigan), "Communists in Novels."

12:30 – 2:00 pm: Lunch for participants and audience members

2:00 – 3:45 pm:
Panel 2: New Directions in Cultural Studies

Chair: Stephanie Foote (UIUC)

Jane Juffer (Penn State), "Everyday Life at the Corporate University."
Constance Penley (UC Santa Barbara), "Popular Futures."
Daniel Vukovich
(University of Hong Kong), "The Poetics of Intervention."

4:00 – 5:30 pm:
Keynote Address

Introduction by Siobhan Somerville (UIUC)

Lisa Duggan (NYU): "Are Radicals Like Roaches? Surviving the Class and Culture Wars"

6:00– 6:30 pm:

Rene Garcia: "9-1-BUY-1" - (click for description)


Saturday, October 28, 2006: 160 English Building

9:30 – 10:00 am: coffee and pastries

10:00 – 11:30 am:
Keynote Address

Introduction by Paula Treichler (UIUC)

Andrew Ross (NYU): "The Rise of the Global University"

11:45 am – 1:00 pm:

The Future of the Academic Profession

Chair: Paula Treichler (UIUC)

Marc Bousquet
(Santa Clara), "Higher Education and the Low-Wage Nation."
Stephen Watt (Indiana), "The Humanities, Masochism, and the Enemy Within."
Respondent: Cary Nelson (UIUC)

1:00 – 2:30 pm: lunch for participants and audience

2:304:15 pm:
Panel 4: Expanding the Canon of American Poetry

Chair: Christopher Simeone (UIUC)

Karen Ford (Oregon), "Transparent as Air: Color, Culture, and Haiku in the United States."
Walter Kalaidjian (Emory), "Logopoeia to the People!"
Michael Thurston (Smith), "To Hell in a Handbasket: Katabasis as Cultural Critique."

4:30 – 6:00 pm:
Closing Roundtable: Cary Nelson as Teacher and Mentor

Chair: Bill Maxwell (English, UIUC)

Stacy Alaimo
(Texas, Arlington)
Marsha Bryant (Florida)
Larry Hanley (CUNY)
Jefferson Hendricks (Centenary)
Mark Van Wienen (NIU)


Other invited guests include:

Ed Brunner (SIU)
Jane Buck (former president of the AAUP)
Kathryn Benzel (University of Nebraska-Kearney)
Jim Finnegan (Anne Arundel CC)
Lee Furey (Art Institute of Atlanta)
John Marsh (UIUC)
Jim Sullivan ( Illinois Central College)
Jeff Sychterz (US Naval Academy)

For more information, contact Michael Rothberg:



This event is coorganized with the Department of English and co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, LAS State-of-the-Art Conference Fund, American Association of University Professors (AAUP), Illinois State Conference of AAUP Chapters, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign AAUP chapter, Trowbridge Office for American Literature, Culture, and Society, Center for Advanced Study, Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, Richard Powers, the University of Illinois Press and others.