The University of Louisville

Thomas R. Watson Conference on Composition & Rhetoric

"History, Reflection, and Narrative: The Professionalization of Composition 1963-1983"

October 9-12, 1996

Featuring the Following Speakers:

David Bartholomae * Patricia Bizzell * Joseph Comprone
Robert Connors--KEYNOTE * Charles Cooper * Edward Corbett
Frank D'Angelo * Peter Elbow * Janet Emig * Lester Faigley
Winifred Horner * Jacqueline Jones-Royster--KEYNOTE
James Kinneavy * Richard Larson * Janice Lauer
Richard Lloyd-Jones * Andrea Lunsford * Lee Odell * Richard Ohmann
Sondra Perl * Nancy Sommers * Stephen Witte * Richard Young

The University of Louisville has received a generous gift from Dr. Thomas R. Watson that will support a biennial thematic conference in rhetoric and composition and, in alternate years, a Visiting Distinguished Professorship of Rhetoric and Composition. The first University of Louisville Thomas R. Watson Conference will focus on how Composition came to be the profession it is, how the present builds on the past, and how the future may challenge the present.

We invite proposals for 20-minute presentations or 90-minute panels for presentations on the history, development, identity, and future of Composition as a profession. We especially welcome proposals that consider the work or influence of featured speakers or of movements and innovations with which they are associated.

For individual presentations, submit 3 copies of a 250-word proposal; for panels, submit 3 copies of a brief description of the panel as well as 250-word proposals for each presentation. Send paper submissions to Brian Huot at his campus address, or electronic submissions to the Conference email address:

Deadline for Proposals: April 3, 1996

Conference will be limited to 500 registrants.

Registration forms will be mailed to all CCCCs members in late January or early February.

Further Information
Brian Huot
Department of English
Conference Director
Louisville, KY 40292

Steve Watkins
University of Louisville
Assistant Director


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