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(Overheard: "This is Not a Boring Conference.")

Where Edges Meet:
Language Meets Life, 2000

Trying to enlighten, inform, and inspire your students when your department would have you teach reified "outcomes"? Feeling around for that edge where academic "partnerships" become "conflicts of interest"? Curious of edges as we encourage students to generate discourse while we also encourage a consciousness of Euro-based critical thought? So are we. Please join us!

This June, academics, writers, publishers, and lovers of language will converge as colleagues to explore the ebb and flow of edges that push-pull on us as we contemplate bringing to others the skills and joys of language. The Young Rhetoricians’ Conference looks to issues and ideas that enable us to enable our students. Bring your concerns—ideological and/or intuitive— to the beach as we gather to rejuvenate ourselves and ponder what we are about— where the Monterey Bay warmly greets general sessions, workshops, panels, and luncheons.


Rhetorician of the Year

Taking a moment to consider our inspirations and models, we present the first Young Rhetorician of the millennium, Shirley Wilson Logan—author of With Pen and Voice: A Critical Anthology of Nineteenth-Century African-American Women and wise, energetic, generative spirit leading the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric.

Luncheon Speaker

Multi-lingual interpreter of jazz and blues materials gleaned from big bands, old blues hands, and honky tonk heroes, Brenda Boykin teaches groups of adults to vocalize and leads seminars in blues history and songwriting. She has performed many festivals, from the local Monterey Blues Festival (two years), to the International Jazz Festival in San Miguel de Allende, to festivals in Italy and Japan. Expect an entertaining performance with selections from Bourbon and Cornbread (her CD, not the luncheon menu) along with some bold teaching ideas.

New ~~ Link here to the Program, YRC 2000 Link to Program ~~ 2000

A Mere Sampling of Interactive Panels, Roundtables, & General Sessions

Cutting Edge Session ~~ Native American Rhetorics and "Classrooms"

Takes on Assessment ~~ Exploring Hidden Agenda / The Right to Fail

Truth and/or Consensus ~~ Transformations of Rhetoric Through Time

Retrofitting Delivery Modes While respecting Curriculums that Work

Service Learning: Where Edges Meet ~~ Classroom and Community

TYCA Roundtable: Dealing with that Unspoken Edge Between Tower and "Other" Colleges

Contemporary Issues & Learning Environments ~~ Ways to Self-Confidence Through Writing

Looking for an Edge ~~ Experimentation in Poetry, Place, and Photography

The Publishers' Panel ~~ The Hard & Soft Sides of Promoting Cultural Excellence

Making Contributions: Writing & Publishing in College Composition Journals

The Popular Culture Panel ~~ Exploring Edges Among Discourse and Icons and Images

The Grad Student Panel ~~ Facing New Life Forms in a Liquid Job Market (Revisited)

Beyond Dialectic ~~ (Other) Postures On Critical Thinking

Discus and Discourse ~~ New Tricks for Old Sports (Official YRC Frisbees now Available)

Book Fair

No basement, this fair. Publishers vie with the view of the Monterey Bay to intrigue you with their best and latest wares. Meet casually with editors to voice your ideas for new texts as you inform them of your needs.

“Down in Monterey”

We're booked for June 22-24 at the Monterey Beach Hotel. Thursday once again finds us on the hotel beach, settling back for the luncheon barbecue spread. Later, as evening falls on minds astir from afternoon seminars, jazz-based sounds resonate from the balcony above the waves. Show up early for the 100th US Open at Pebble Beach, June 12-18. Stick around as the famed Monterey Blues Festival begins shortly after the YRC's last session on Saturday. Perhaps drive the Coast Road to Big Sur~~or seek the ghosts of Jeffers, Steinbeck, Kerouac--or take a sunset sailing cruise across the Monterey Bay.

Come regenerate your self for the coming year.

And So, to Join Us ---


The conference fee now includes both Thursday's barbecue on the beach and Friday's luncheon with speaker. Preregister with the attached form and a check payable to: “The Young Rhetoricians’ Conference."
Please send form and check to
    Sterling Warner, Co-Chair YRC,
    Evergreen Valley College, 3095 Yerba Buena Road, San Jose, CA 95135
        Full-time Faculty: $90. Adjunct Faculty/Students: $70.

begins around 8:00 AM on Thursday, June 22, 2000, on the fourth floor of the Monterey Beach Hotel.
        Full-time Faculty: $100. Adjunct Faculty/Students: $80.


We meet at The Monterey Beach Hotel for all general sessions, workshops, luncheons, and book exhibits. The Conference has booked a block of specially priced rooms; ask for “Young Rhetoricians' Conference special rates” when you reserve your room. These special rates remain available until June 3. After June 3, the hotel will charge its usual (higher) rates. Phone for reservations: 1-(800) 242-8627 or, more directly, (831) 394-3321. Or reserve a room through the link to the hotel below. Also available, the Executive Suites is within easy walking distance of the Monterey Beach Hotel.

To reserve a room at the Monterey Beach Hotel and help you envision Thursday's luncheon beach barbecue, click-connect directly to the hotel:

The Monterey Beach Hotel

Fly directly to Monterey. Or drive down from San Francisco—south on Highway 101 to west on 156 to south on Highway 1 to Del Rey Oaks/Sand City exit. Or fly into San Jose and proceed as from SF or take the scenic route—Highway 17 through the Santa Cruz hills to south on Highway 1 to the Del Rey Oaks/Sand City exit.


              Sterling Warner
English Department, Evergreen Valley College
3095 Yerba Buena Road, San Jose, CA 95135
Phone: (408) 274-7900, ext. 6605     Fax: (408) 223-9291

Martha L. Henning               
Division of English and Modern Languages
Portland Community College—Sylvania
PO Box 19000, Portland, OR 97280-0990
Phone: (503) 977-8015     Fax: (503) 977-4874

Pre-register by Snail Mail
(Stamp & Envelope)




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Please supply the information above and send with your check payable to "The Young Rhetoricians’ Conference"

Academic (full time) faculty $90.00 •
Peripatetic (adjunct) faculty $70.00 •
I plan to register at the conference •

Return to: Sterling Warner, Co-Chair YRC, Evergreen Valley College, 3095 Yerba Buena Road, San Jose, CA 95135

Young Rhetoricians' Conference Co-Chairs,

Martha L. Henning & Sterling Warner

Questions? Suggestions? Feel free to contact us:

We look forward to seeing you in Monterey!