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
“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.
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
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
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
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,
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.
“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.