Northern Illinois University
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of English
are proud to announce the 22nd annual
The Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language, & Media is an interdisciplinary conference focused on exploring the connections between all segments of the liberal arts, as seen in text, media, and communication. We invite contributions from all fields within the liberal arts who see the same sorts of fascinating connections that we do.
We are delighted to bring Professor Suzanne Blum-Malley back to NIU and MCLLM. Blum-Malley received her PhD in English/Rhetoric and Composition from Northern Illinois University. She is currently associate professor at Columbia College of Chicago, where she teaches professional writing, first-year writing, and serves as director of professional writing.
Blum-Malley’s research interests include multilingual and digital literacies. She is co-author, with Ames Hawkins, of Engaging Communities: Ethnographic Writing in the Composition Classroom (2012), an open-access, creative commons 3.0 licensed, collaborative first-year textbook and she is currently working on a global, multilingual literacy project with a group of scholars from the USA, Canada, South Africa, Russia, Singapore, and Côte d'Ivoire.
Suzanne Blum-Malley will be presenting the keynote lecture entitled, “Making Big Room for Small Talk: Knowledge Practices of Academic Writing in Internet-mediated Learning Environments ” March 28, 7:30 pm, Holmes Student Center, Skyroom, 16th Floor.
Final program available only upon arrival at conference
12 p.m. - Registration (Reavis 211)
1 p.m. - Session A (Reavis - see session schedule for room numbers)
2:20 p.m. - Session B (Reavis - see session schedule for room numbers)
3:40 p.m. - Session C (Reavis - see session schedule for room numbers)
5:15 p.m. - Reception for Suzanne Blum-Malley, PhD* (Ellington Cafe, Holmes Student Center, Main Floor)
6:15 p.m. - Dinner for Suzanne Blum-Malley, PhD** (Ellington Cafe, Holmes Student Center, Main Floor)
7:30 p.m. - Keynote Address* (Sky Room, Holmes Student Center, 16th Floor)
9 p.m. - Evening Activities: Downtown Socializing* (Tapa La Luna)
8 a.m. - Registration and Continental Breakfast (Reavis 211)
9 a.m. - Session D (Reavis - see session schedule for room numbers)
10:20 a.m. - Session E (Reavis - see session schedule for room numbers)
11:40 a.m. - Session F (Reavis - see session schedule for room numbers)
1 p.m. - Lunch Break (on your own)
2 p.m. - Session G (Reavis 201)
5 p.m. - Reception for PhD Alumni** (Reavis 211)
6:30 p.m. - Alumni Dinner** (Chandelier Room, Adams Hall)
*Open to public; all other events are exclusively for conference registrants.
**Exclusively for pre-registered guests with tickets.