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Release: Sept. 20, 2000

UI hosts interdisciplinary conference on writing

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Professors, authors, and students from across the country will gather at the University of Iowa Sept. 28-Oct. 1 for an interdisciplinary conference, which will explore the relationship between academic writing and writing for the broad culture.

The conference, entitled "Craft, Critique, Culture: Writing in the Academy," is hosted by graduate students in the UI English department. Events will be held at various sites on the UI campus.

"The purpose of our conference is to begin a discussion about the history of writing in the university and the different approaches to talking about writing within both creative writing workshops and literature departments," said Anthony Enns, a conference organizer and UI graduate student in English.

The conference kicks off with a keynote address by Alan Golding, "The Avant-Garde Is Always Pedagogical: Experimental Poetry and/as Pedagogy," on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. in Gerber Lounge, 304 English Philosophy Building. Golding is the director of undergraduate studies in English at the University of Louisville and winner of a CHOICE Best Academic Book Award for "From Outlaw to Classic: Canons in American Poetry."

Other conference activities include presentations by students and professors about scholarly papers, readings of creative works and performance pieces. Also, Bob Perelman, a noted author from the University of Pennsylvania, will read one of his current works on Friday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. in Shambaugh Auditorium, Main Library

All events are free and open to the public. More information about the conference, including a complete schedule of events, can be found online at http://www.uiowa.edu/~agse .

The conference is co-sponsored by the English and Rhetoric departments as well as the Writers' Workshop, the College of Liberal Arts and the University of Iowa Foundation.