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MEETS June 21-23, 2001

("Young": A rhetorical term denoting a willingness,
in the mind, to dance. See synonym: "Old.")

College Composition and Rhetoric, 2001
Students, Images, Words, and External Expectations

Trying to enlighten, inform, and inspire your students while external expectations demand tidy packages of "outcomes" or test scores? Feeling the forces that would have you "package" your teaching into some consumable product? Getting the sense that business-education liaisons would have you package your students? So are we. Please join us!

This June, academics, writers, publishers, and lovers of language will converge as colleagues to explore the expectations that push-pull on us as we contemplate bringing to others the skills and joys of language. The YRC 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.


Luncheon Speaker

Accomplished musician and scholar, David Meltzer, from the New College of California Humanities, joins us at our luncheon. Meltzer collaborated with Ishmael Reed and Al Young on the Before Columbus Foundation for the advancement of multicultural literature. A prolific literary figure, Meltzer has recorded several albums and authored many books of poetry as well as books on poetics. His most recent books include the two anthologies, Reading Jazz (1993)and Writing Jazz(1996).

~~ Link here to the Program, YRC 2001. (Updated June 4, 2001) Link to Program ~~ 2001

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

Enhancing the Classroom with Cyber Activities ~~ Is the Media Still the Message?

Assessment Expectations ~~ Teaching to "Outcomes" and Test Scores: When Skills Preclude the Intellectual Quest

Cracking Open Computers, Retrieving Information, and Losing Memory

External Expecations ~~ Why Are Ed.Ds and CEOs Directing My Curriculum & Pedagogy?

That Package Called Assessment ~~ Yes, Portfolios Reflect Student Learning & Energy, But Doing Them Sure is Work

Unpackaging Computer Programs and Exploring the Motives Lurking Within

A Cocktail Forum ~~ Adjunct Instructors, Non-Tenure Tract Faculty ~~ What's Next?

Publishers' Passions ~~ Corporate Bedfellows, and Text-Writers' Shadows

Teaching and Writing Autistically ~~ Notes on Interplanetary Multiculturalism

Desire and Pleasure ~~ Language Poetry in the College Classroom

From On-Line Tutorials to Writing Center Modules ~~ Who's Serving Whom?

Teaching on the Edge: Traditional Expectations; Current Student Realities

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 classroom and curricular needs.

University Credits Available

And now: Get California State University credit while you enjoy the YRC. Your choice ~~ English or Education ~~ 2 units in-service credit through CSU Bakersfield $35 per unit.

“Down in Monterey”

We're booked for June 21-23 at the Monterey Beach Resort. 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. Stick around as the famed Monterey Blues Festival begins on Saturday. To learn more of this year's festival, click here:

The Monterey Blues Festival
Perhaps drive the Coast Road to Big Sur~~or seek the ghosts of Jeffers, Steinbeck, Kerouac, Miller, Nin--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."
        Full-time Faculty: $90. Adjunct Faculty/Students: $70.
Please send form and check to
    Sterling Warner, Co-Chair YRC,
    Evergreen Valley College, 3095 Yerba Buena Road, San Jose, CA 95135


begins around 8:00 AM on Thursday, June 21, 2001, on the fourth floor of the Monterey Beach Resort.
        Full-time Faculty: $100. Adjunct Faculty/Students: $80.


(formerly The Monterey Beach Hotel)

We meet at The Monterey Beach Resort 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 6. After June 6, 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 Resort (a Best Western) and help you envision Thursday's luncheon beach barbecue, click-connect directly to the resort:

The Monterey Beach Resort

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. You'll see resort right on the beach at the end of the 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)




City, State, Zip



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!