The MLA Conference Begins in Seattle
Holy batmobile! I am freaking stoked! The MLA Conference is here in Seattle from today (Jan 5th) until this Sunday (Jan 8th). Why is this such a big deal?
“The MLA is an organization devoted to the sharing of scholarly research..”” (Paul Constant, “The MLA Conference is Coming to Seattle,” slog.thestranger.com, Dec 27, 2011)
They’re the people who get together and say “Hey, lets not require people to use URLs in their citations for papers anymore. Those tricky web address change all the time, dagnabbit!” Or something like that. I’m geeking out because I’m a word and language nerd. It’s fun. Though not quite linguistic nerdy but I wish I were.
Anyway, the tickets are very expensive but they have a lot of free events too. Please go to some. It’s rare we get this kind of opportunity in our city (which is surprisingly considering how very cool and literary we are). Lets give them a warm welcome, shall we?
Here are a few samples of lectures and readings going on:
The Future of Teaching, Saturday from 12:00pm-1:15, Sheraton in Grand C room
What Makes Language Literary? Friday from 1:45pm-3pm, Sheraton, Metropolitan A
Language and Learning, Saturday from 10:15am-11:30am, Sheraton, Metropolitan A
Democracy, Language and Literature Saturday from 1:45pm-3:00pm Sheraton, Metropolitan A
The Lost Years: African American Literature and Culture 1940-60 Friday from 10:15am-11:30am, WSCC, Room 310
Northwest Poetry and Poetics, Sunday from 1:45pm-3:00pm, WSCC, Room 606
Oh and so much more. If you’re interested, check out this link and find other free events to attend!
Okay, back to writing for things I’m being paid to write. I just couldn’t help myself!