Presentations






Speaker, “Why the Journal I Edit Is and Isn't Open Source.”  Conference for College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, IN. March 20, 2014. Forthcoming.

Speaker, “By Mummy Possest—Representations of Male and Female Academics in the Work of the Inklings.” C. S. Lewis and the Inklings Conference, Letorneau University, March 23, 2013.

Speaker, “Meeting the Beast: Male and Female Academics in the Imaginative Writing of the Inklings for Adult Readers.” C. S. Lewis and the Academy Conference, Union University, Memphis, March 1, 2013.

Speaker, “Five Virtual Canons: Time-based Media as a New(ish) Site for Rhetoric,” Computers and Writing, North Carolina State University, 2012, with David Webber.

Panel: “Life on Pandora: Immersive Technological Narratives and Nightmares in Avatar,” Special panel, arranged and won in a highly competitive process. MLA, Los Angeles, January 2011. Panel included my paper, “In the Magic Mirror That Is Pandora: 3D Technology, Disorientation, and Seduction behind and before Avatar’s Screen.”
 
“The Narrow Gate: Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and LGBTQ Youth in YouTube,” Children's Literature Association, June 10-12, 2010, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor, Michigan
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“Value Added: The Shape of the E-Journal, Chair and Speaker, Digital Roundtable, MLA, Philadelphia. December 2009.

Religion and Spirituality in Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Program arranged by the Division on Children’s Literature. Presiding: Keith Dorwick, Univ. of Louisiana, Lafayette; Jameela Lares, Univ. of Southern Mississippi, MLA, Philadelphia. December 2009.

“Brave New Bodies: The Video Presence of Female to Male Transgendered Men in YouTube and MySpace,” Louisiana Association of College Composition, Monroe, LA. Nov. 2009.

Keynote Speaker, Great Plains Alliance for Computers and Writing, St. Cloud State University. Title of Keynote Speech: “Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are: LGBTQ Teens and Twentysomethings in MySpace and YouTube.” October 2009

Speaker, Children’s Literature Association, Charlotte NC. “Three Boy Webcam Heroes: Appropriation and Transformation of Music and Video by Queer Male Youth on YouTube.” June 2009.

Speaker, Popular Culture Association/American Cultural Association. “The Magical Manufactured Landscapes of Oz.” April 2009.

Speaker, Conference of College Composition and Communication. “In Memoriam: A Performance Piece on Haunted Pasts, in Four Acts” with Keith Dorwick, The University of Louisiana at Lafayette; Bob Mayberry, California State University, Channel Islands; Paul Puccio, Bloomfield College and Joona Smitherman Trapp, Northwestern College. San Francisco. March 2009.

Children’s Literature and Disability. Program arranged by the Children’s Literature Association. Presiding: Keith Dorwick, Univ. of Louisiana at Lafayette; Jennifer M. Miskec, Longwood Univ., MLA San Francisco, December 2009.

Speaker, Children’s Literature Association, ““It Was Normal Back Then: Depictions of Same-Sex Relationships in LGBT Young Adult Novels, 1970-79,” Normal, IL. June 2008

Speaker, Rhetoric Society of America. “Uncomfortable Territory: Speaking Responsibly about HIV in a Small Southern Town.” Seattle, WA. May 2008

Speaker, Conference on College Composition and Communication. “Not Anxious Enough: Resisting the Trope of ‘The End of AIDS,” New Orleans, LA. April 2008.

Speaker, Children's Literature Association, Christopher Newport University: “Manufacturing Magic in Oz: Technology in the Fantasies of L. Frank Baum.” June 2007

Chair of Panel, Computers and Writing 2007, Wayne State University: “From the Cardboard City to the Virtual Rural Landscape,” with Kevin Moberly and Justin Thurman.

Speaker, Computers and Writing 2007, Wayne State University: “Advance to Go: Virtual Versions of the Monopoly Game and Its Urban Landscape.”

Speaker, “Re-remembering HIV: Using Lore to Build a New and Less Traumatic Cultural Collective Memory in Gay Chat Space,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, New York, March 2007.

Speaker, “The Two Play Problem: Exploring Williams’ Original Conception of The Glass Menagerie,” with John Patrick Bray, National Association of Humanities Educators, San Francisco, March 2006.

Speaker, “Cutting UP: Negotiating Ethos via Humor in a Gay Chat Room,” Computers and Writing 2006, Texas Tech University.

Speaker, “Aiming Low: The Really Hot Stuff is Maybe the Low-End Stuff,” Computers and Writing 2006, Texas Tech University.

Speaker with Brent and Kevin Moberly, “Crossing (Out) the Frontier: BrightMOO, Remediation, and Authorship in the Age of the Networked Graphical Environment,” Computers and Writing 2006, Texas Tech University.

Speaker, “Dancing with HIV: Creating Theater Around a Community Based Writing Group,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Chicago, March 2005.

Moderator, “Founding a Community of Borrowers and Contributors: The University of Lafayette at Louisiana Digitized Teaching Resource Center.” Special Interest Group on Teaching and Mentoring, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Chicago, March 2005.

Speaker, “Wrong Reasons: Arrangement, Delivery and the Right to Publish Freelance Articles in One Newspaper's Database,” Computers and Writing 2005, Stanford University, June 2005.

Speaker, Service Learning Special Interest Group and Graduate Research Network, Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Francisco, March 2005.

Speaker, “Not in My Body: HIV Representation as a Gay Disease in HBO's Angels in America,” South Central Modern Language Association, October 2004.

Speaker, “Keeping Up: Cautionary Tales for the Untenured Who Work in Technorhetoric,” Computers and Writing, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 2004.

Speaker, “Still in Bondage: A Two Fold Reading of the Homophobia of the Religious Right,” Rhetoric Society of America, Austin, TX, May 2004.

Speaker, “Mere Memorization: The Sad State of Formal Education in Lewis' Narnia,” C. S. Lewis and the Inklings Conference, LeTourneau University, April 2004.

Speaker, “A Distant Voice: Considering the Impact of Electronic Communications on Spiritual Direction,” Computers and Writing, Lafayette, IN, May 23, 2003.

Speaker, “Then He Said, 'Give Me Your Poz Load'“: Negotiations of Safe and Unsafe Sex between HIV Positive and Negative Men in Online Chat Spaces and Student Readings of Queer Male Culture,” National Council of Teachers of English, Atlanta, GA, November 23, 2002.

Speaker: “Quota Wars: Database Allocation and a Student's Right to Build and Program,” Rhetoric Society of America, Las Vegas, NV, May 26-30, 2002.

Speaker, “Joining Everything into One: Examining the Rhetorical Affect of Verbs Associated with MOO Objects,” Seventeenth Computers and Writing 2002, Normal, IL, May 2002.

Workshop Leader, “Working with Your University's Administrative Computer Personnel,” Seventeenth Computers and Writing 2002, Normal, IL, May 2002.

Speaker, “The Secret Sorrow of Stanley Kowalski: Interrogating the Stage Directions of A Streetcar Named Desire for Homosocial Anxiety,” Society for the Study of Southern Literature, Lafayette LA, March 2002.

Speaker, “A MOO of My Own, or How Information Technology Campus Officials Worked Well with One Faculty Member,” Syllabus Conference, Danvers MA, November 29, 2001.

Speaker, “Gay History 101: A Brief Introduction.” PRIDE, UL Lafayette, October 2001.

Invited Panelist: “Technologically Incorrect: A Rambunctious Roundtable on Controversial Issues.” Sixteenth Computers and Writing Conference, Muncie, IN, May 19, 2001.

Invited Speaker: “Facilitating Student-Centered Learning in Online Courses,” Panel: “Classroom for the New Millennium? The Need to Build Student Centered Learning Environments in Virtual Courses.” Sixteenth Computers and Writing Conference, Muncie, IN, May 19, 2001.

Invited Workshop Leader, “Queer Spirituality,” State Conference on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Issues. Louisiana State University, April 1, 2001.

Invited Speaker, “Bible 101: The Christian Scriptures and What They Say about Homosexuality,” State Conference on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Issues. Louisiana State University, March 31, 2001.

Speaker, “Hearing You Without Seeing You: Speculations on the Interpersonal Relationships Between Tutors and Tutees in Text Based Online Spaces,” 2001 Conference of the South Central Writing Centers Association. Lafayette, LA, March 30, 2001.

Invited Panelist: “Ethics and Legality in Cyberspace,” Speak Out. Acadiana Open Channel, Lafayette, Louisiana. March 1, 2001.

Coordinator, TechFest 2001, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Feb 19 and 20, 2001.

Guest Facilitator, “New Faculty Survival Techniques, or the Care and Feeding of New Tenure Track Folks,” The Netoric Project @ ConnectionsMOO, October 24, 2000.

Invited Panelist: “Politics and Pedagogy in the Creative Writing Classroom,” Deep South Festival of Writers, The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, October 15, 2000.

Invited Co-Presenter: “Where We Have Been and Where We Are Going: a Brief Look at the QueerMOOnity's Trajectory,” Sixteenth Computers and Writing Conference, Fort Worth, TX, May 26-28, 2000.

Presenter (with a team from LinguaMOO): The QueerMOONity Tour, Computer Connections, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Minneapolis, March 14, 2000.

Invited Panelist: “Technologically Incorrect: A Rambunctious Roundtable on Controversial Issues,” Fifteenth Computers and Writing Conference, Rapid City, SD, May 27, 1999.

Co-Presenter: “Building the Visible QueerMOOnity: Creating a SafeSpace for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered People in a MOO,” Fifteenth Computers and Writing Conference, Rapid City, SD, May 30, 1999.

Facilitator: “Teaching Classroom or Distance Learning Courses with FirstClass® Collaborative Classroom: Expanding Traditional Pedagogies,” Pre-Conference Workshop. Fifteenth Computers and Writing Conference, Rapid City, SD, May 27, 1998. Faculty Summer Institute (Urbana): Served as the facilitator for the Faculty Summer Institute, to which Illinois faculty across the state were invited by their Provosts and Chancellors, May 17-21, 1999.

“The Promise and Peril of (Virtually) Teaching The First-Year Composition Course to Computer Neophytes,” Fourteenth Writing and Computers Conference, Gainesville, FL, May 30, 1998.

“The Death of the Wizards: How and Why an Online Department Failed and How It Succeeded,” Fourteenth Writing and Computers Conference, Gainesville, FL, May 30, 1998.

Facilitator: “Money Matter$: Developing Technology Planning and Grants Documents for Teaching Writing with Computer Technologies,” Pre-Conference Workshop. Fourteenth Writing and Computers Conference, Gainesville, FL, May 28, 1998.

Faculty Summer Institute (Urbana): Served as the facilitator for the Faculty Summer Institute, to which Illinois faculty across the state were invited by their Provosts and Chancellors, May 18-22, 1998.

Facilitator: “Teaching in Electronic Environments: the Use of FirstClass Group Conferencing Software,” Harold Washington College, Chicago, IL, April 24, 1998.

“Going Staff: Training for Administrative Positions While Earning Your Ph.D,” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Chicago, IL, April 4, 1998.

Facilitator: Two Day Workshop on Instructional Technologies. I: “What is Instructional Technology in Language, Literature, and Composition Classes?” and II: “ “How Do We Use Instructional Technology in Our Language, Literature, and Composition Classes?” William Rainey Harper College, Palatine, IL, October 15 and 23, 1997.

Facilitator: “Real-Time Class Discussions via Electronic Technologies,” The University of Illinois Teaching Assistant Training Workshops, Chicago, IL, August 20, 1997.

Facilitator: “Writing an Instructional Computing Culture,” Pre-Conference Workshop.” Thirteenth Writing and Computers Conference, Honolulu, June 3, 1997.

“Seen and Unseen: Religious Fervor and the Writing of HTML,” Thirteenth Writing and Computers Conference, Honolulu, June 5, 1997.

“Institutional Responses to Computer Support Staff: The Luck of the Draw?” with Ken McAllister. Thirteenth Writing and Computers Conference, Honolulu, June 9, 1997.

Faculty Summer Institute (Urbana): Served as the facilitator for the group of compositionists (writing teachers) from across Illinois at the Faculty Summer Institute, to which participants were invited by their Provosts and Chancellors, May 19-23, 1997.

Assisted with planning the “Tic-Toc [Teaching in Cyberspace Through Online Courses] Seminar, UIC, May 16-17, 1997.

Tic-Toc brought together nationally and internationally known figures in the computers and composition community, including Cynthia Selfe (Michigan Technological University) and Gail Hawisher (UIUC), founders and co-editors of Computers and Composition; Eric Crump, past chair of the Committee for Computers and Composition of the Conference for College Composition, a section of the National Council of Teachers of English; Mick Doherty, founder and editor of Kairos, a web-based journal for teachers in web-based classrooms; Randy Bass, director of the Center for Electronic Projects in American Culture Studies (CEPACS) at Georgetown; Cynthia Haynes and Jan Rune Holmevik, founders and builders of LinguaMOO, a teaching environment at the University of Texas at Dallas; and others. The proceedings were published in a special issue of Works and Days.

“Diakonia and Drafting: The Teaching of Writing as a Social Justice Issue,” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Phoenix, AZ, March 29, 1997.

Panel Presentation: “If They Build It, They Will Come,” ACM SIGUCCS (Special Interest Group on University and College Computing Services) XXIV: The Cyclone of Change: Natural Disaster or Carnival Ride?, Chicago, IL. Sept. 29-Oct 2, 1996. Panelists: Niki Aguirre, Keith Dorwick, Jim Fletcher, Sajjad Lateef, Ken McAllister and James J. Sosnoski.

“Classical Knowing, Christian Charity: Augustine's Appropriation of Socrates' Rhetoric of the Soul,” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Milwaukee, WI, March 29, 1996.

Facilitator: “Thinking Globally, Acting Locally, on the World Wide Web,” Pre-convention Workshop, Conference on College Composition and Communication. Milwaukee, WI, March 27, 1996

“How, Then, Shall We Do Documentation? -- First Steps Toward an Effective Style Sheet for Multiple Format Texts in a Multi-Platform Environment,” Writing Across the Disciplines: Making Connections. Florida International University, Miami FL. February 16, 1996.

“The Music of Milton's Heaven,” Conference on Christianity and Literature. Santa Clara University, CA, May 6, 1995.

Facilitator: “Real Authors: A Workshop on Publishing Student Writing” with Mary P. Sheridan-Rabideau. 1995 Allerton Community College/University English Articulation Conference, Monticello, IL, April 7, 1995.

“The Last Bastion: Student Self-Determination and the Making of a Syllabus,” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Washington, DC, March 25, 1995.

“Saving Their Own Selves: Female to Male Cross-Dressing as a Means for Survival for Married Women in Two English Plays,” International Congress on Cross-Dressing, Gender and Sex. California State University, Northridge, CA, February 25, 1995.

“Beyond Politeness: Electronic Mail and the Realm of the Violent,” Conference on College Composition and Communication. San Diego, CA, April 2, 1993. “Traditional Workshopping vs. Computer Network Workshopping” (Co-authored with Raul Ybarra). Conference on College Composition and Communication. Boston, March 22, 1991.