American Conference for Irish Studies, Western Region, 2010


Weather This Weekend in Boise
September 30, 2010, 4:37 pm
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The weather looks great here in Boise, and will continue into the weekend.  Expect 50-60 in the morning, mid-80s throughout the day, and low 50s at night.

http://www.weathercentral.com/weather/us/cities/id_boise.html

We’re looking forward to a potential picnic lunch Saturday.

We’ll see you all soon. If you have questions, call Jodi Chilson (208-761-6076).

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Conference Information: First Night Information and Details
September 30, 2010, 4:15 pm
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Conference Information: First Night Information and Details

Name-tag pick-up and pre-registration will be from 3-5pm at the conference hotel, Residence Inn. This will be the only opportunity to pick-up your conference packet until the next morning from 8-9am in the Interactive Learning Center, Room 302, prior to the start of conference panels and presentations.

Residence Inn
1401 South Lusk Avenue
Boise, Idaho  83706
Phone: 208-344-1200
Fax: 208-914-2984
Website: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/boiid-residence-inn-boise-downtown/

The Residence Inn is one block from the Boise State University campus.

The Welcoming Reception will occur from 5-7:15pm in the Lookout Room in the Student Union Building on the Boise State University campus. The Lookout Room is the only room on the third floor of the Student Union building. There is both stair and elevator access. The Welcoming Reception is a hosted event with drinks and hors d’oeuvres provided.

The Trevor Joyce Poetry Reading will be at 7:30pm in the Jordan A ballroom in the Student Union Building on the Boise State University campus. The Jordan A ballroom is located on the second floor of the Student Union building.

Following the poetry reading, a no-host after-party (though some appetizers may be provided) from the end of the reading until 11pm will take place at the Ha’ Penny Bridge Pub located at 855 Broad Street, Suite 250. This pub is located around the corner of 8th and Broad Street in downtown Boise, only a short distance from campus and the conference hotel. Guests at the conference hotel can take the hotel shuttle to the Ha’ Penny Bridge Pub. Additional information about the pub can be found at the following: http://www.hapennybridgepub.com/#.

Please find a map of the Boise State University campus here: http://admissions.boisestate.edu/map/. Please a map of the Student Union building here: http://sub.boisestate.edu/assets/images/web_maplarge.jpg. Additionally, please find attached a map of downtown Boise here: http://www.downtownboise.org/media/pdf/downtown_boise_map_2009-02.pdf. These maps will also be included in your conference packet.

If you have questions, please contact Jodi Chilson (208-761-6076).



ACIS-West 2010 – Tentative Program Schedule
September 13, 2010, 9:29 pm
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Below is the tentative program schedule for the ACIS-West 2010 meeting in Boise, Idaho at Boise State University on October 1-3. If you are part of the program and have any changes to request, please contact Jodi Chilson (jodichilson@boisestate.edu) by Sept. 18.

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ACIS-West 2010: “(Re)Defining Irish-ness in the Contemporary / Post-Modern”

 October 1-3    Boise, Idaho

Boise State University

Program Schedule

Friday, 1 October 2010

3:00-5:00pm—Registration and Name-Tag Pick-up (Lookout RoomW, Student Union)

5:00-7:00pm—Welcoming Reception (Lookout Room, Student Union)

6:00pm, Introduction of Consul General Gerry Staunton by current ACIS-West President, Kendall Reid.

7:30pm—Reading by Treavor Joyce (Jordan A, Student Union)

9:30-11:00pm—No host after party at Ha Penny, downtown Boise

Saturday, 2 October 2010 (ILC 302)

8:00-9:30am—Defining Irish-ness: Language, Linguistics, and Words [Chair: Jodi Chilson (Boise State University)]

  • “Lies Will Set You Free” – Zan Cammack (BYU, Idaho)
  • “Defining Irish Style: A Computational Stylistics of Irish and British Prose” – Matthew Jockers (Stanford University)
  • “Seamus Heaney: The Syntax and Rhythm of Politics” – George Lessing (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

9:30-10:00am—Creative Writer Reading: Michael Corrigan (author of The Irish Connection and Other Stories (2004) and Confessions of a Shanty Irishman (2002))

10:00-10:15am—Break

10:15-10:30am—Film by Carol Moore, This Belfast Thing

10:30-12:00—Re-defining Irish-ness and Recreating History [Chair: Helen Lojek (Boise State University)]

  • “(Re)Defining Irish-ness in the Contemporary/Post-Modern” – Susan Reese (Portland State University)
  • “From Byways to Highways: Changing Landscapes in Contemporary Irish Poetry” – Marthine Satris (UC Santa Barbara)
  • “That’s Not How I Remembered It: Creating Nostalgia in ‘The Dead’” – Marguerite Quintelli-Neary (Winthrop University)

12:00-1:00—Lunch Break

1:00-1:10pm—Film by Carol Moore, The Cruelty Man

1:10-2:30pm—Inequality and International Irish Connections [Chair: Tiffany Hitesman, Boise State University]

  • “‘Color it Irish’: General Responses to Defining Identity in the Contemporary Post-Modern World” – John Bieter and Dr. Ken Coll (Boise State University)
  • “Hybrid Ireland: Roddy Doyle’s Nigerian Irish Identity” – Eva Roa White (Indiana University Kokomo)
  • “Native American Presences in Northern Irish Poetry” – Jolynn Amrine Goetz (University of Alabama)

2:30-3:00pm—Creative Writer Reading: Angeline Kearns Blaine (author of Stealing Sunlight: Growing Up in Irishtown (2000) and I Used to Be Irish (2009))

3:00-3:15pm—Break

3:15-4:45pm—Irish Identity in This Life, The Afterlife, and On the State [Chair: Charlotte Headrick (Oregon State University)]

  • “Beckett’s Play, The Lost Ones, and How It Is: Protestant Hells, Catholic Purgatories, or Agnostic Limbos?” – John Murphy (DeVry University)
  • “‘The White Appearance of Their Persons’: White Racial Relationships in the Contexts of Union, Empire, and Nationalism” – Catherine M. Eagan (Las Positas College)
  •  “Another Look at Yeats’ The Player Queen: A Postmodern Mousetrap” – Brandie Siegfried (BYU)

6:00-9:00pm—Conference Banquet (Simplot C, Student Union)

7:00pm—Keynote Address by Professor Christopher Murray: “ ‘The New Thing That Has Happened, or the Old Thing That Has Happened Again’: Beckett and the Irish Sensibility”

8:00pm—Closing Address

9:30-11pm—No host after party at Ha Penny, downtown Boise

Sunday, 3 October 2010 (ILC 302)

9:00-9:10am—Film by Carol Moore, Crack in the Pavement

9:10-10:00am—Irish Masculine Identities [Chair: Kendall Reid (Tacoma Community College)]

  •  “George M. Cohan: ‘The Most Talented Man in the History of American Theatre’” – Maria Szasz (University of New Mexico)
  •  “Body and Soul Laid Bare: Nudity in More Pricks and Murphy” – Mary Powers (University of New Mexico)

10:00-11:45am—Irish Female Identities [Chair: TBD]

  •  “Losing Her Figure: (Mis)shapen Identities and the Absence of Mothers in Elizabeth Bowen’s The Death of the Heart” – Brianna Rangel (San Diego State University)
  •  “Expanding the Definition of Irish Drama: The Case of Elizabeth Kuti” – Charlotte Headrick (Oregon State University)
  •  “Why Jane and Not Maria?” – Anne Macdonald (Fort Collins Community Library)
  •  “‘The Prince of Darkness Is a Daughter’: The Patriarchal Domination and the Struggle for Female Subjectivity in Marina Carr’s The Cordelia Dream” – Nancy Finn (University of Massachusetts)

11:45-12:45—Lunch and Business Meeting (The winner of the Willard Potts and Don Jordan Emerging Scholar Award will be announced.)



ACIS-West 2010: Conference, Hotel, and Registration Information
July 15, 2010, 9:54 pm
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Hello all!

The conference planning for ACIS-West 2010 (Boise, Idaho) is really coming together. We’ve been excited to take on this challenge and are working hard to make sure your time is Boise is exhilarating and exciting.

Our keynote, Professor Christopher Murray, and our special guest, Trevor Joyce, are in line to attend. In addition, the Film Panel and Creative Writers’ Panel are set.

We are currently organizing the conference program and are making arrangements for the food that will be served at the conference. Regarding the food options, please fill out the survey below and return it via a reply e-mail as soon as possible to help us in this effort. A more comprehensive food reservation is forthcoming in the weeks leading up to the conference.

Stay abreast of all conference news and updates by checking our ACIS-West 2010 blog: https://aciswest2010.wordpress.com/.

The tentative schedule runs from 2pm on Friday, October 1 to 1pm on Sunday, October 3rd.

The conference will be hosted on the Boise State University campus:

                                                1910 University Drive, Boise, Idaho  83725

Some social events may occur off-campus, but are within a short walking distance.  Free shuttle service is available via the conference hotel (Residence Inn) for those desiring a ride to those locations.

 Registration ($80)

Please find a Registration form in the post below this one. The registration fee for this conference is $80. The registration fee for students is $50. Please register by October 1st. Late registration will be $100.

The registration fee includes the Friday reception, Saturday lunch, and the Saturday reception/banquet.

Send the completed Registration form and the check (made payable to “ACIS-West”) to Jodi Chilson at the following address:

 Jodi Chilson
Boise State University
Graduate College, MS-1110
1910 University Drive
Boise, Idaho  83725
USA

 Please remember, if you haven’t done so already, to join ACIS or otherwise update your membership dues in addition to the submission of the registration fees for this conference. You must be an ACIS member to present at the conference. The ACIS membership information and website are as follows: http://www.acisweb.com/members.php?type=join.

Conference Hotel (deadline for conference rate: 9/1/2010)

The conference hotel is the Residence Inn, which is located across the street within easy walking distance of the Boise State University campus.

Individual reservations: Each individual must make their own reservations by calling the hotel. They must identify themselves as a member of the Group (ACIS). All reservations must be guaranteed and accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.

The deadline for reservations for this conference rate is September 1st.

Residence Inn
1401 South Lusk Avenue
Boise, Idaho  83706
Phone: 208-344-1200
Fax: 208-914-2984
Website: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/boiri-residence-inn-boise-west/

 The conference rate is as follows: a Studio Suite is $79; a Penthouse Suite is $99.

The Penthouse Suite includes two full bedrooms, and thus can easily be shared for members interested in splitting accommodation costs.

Each suite includes a kitchenette and a living space.

The complementary breakfast is a buffet, rather than just a basic continental breakfast. Other accoutrements include:

  • Free shuttle service: airport and local
  • Free parking
  • Complimentary daily newspaper (Idaho Statesman, USA Today, Wall Street Journal)
  • SportsCourt and Fitness Facility
  • Outdoor swimming pool and spas

Other Conference Information

Transportation.  The free shuttle for the Residence Inn provides transportation from the airport to the hotel, and also provides local shuttle service. This includes transportation to and from the hotel to the Boise State University campus, and transportation to the reception/banquet, as well as any other local transportation needs.

In addition, the conference planners can arrange additional transportation if necessary.

Directions to Boise State University.  As parking is limited and difficult on the university campus, we recommend parking for free at the conference hotel and using the shuttle service or walking to the conference events.

From the airport: The airport exits onto Vista Avenue. Follow Vista Avenue north. Vista Avenue will merge with South Federal Way and become South Capital Boulevard. Turn right onto University Drive. (To get to the conference hotel, you will turn left on University Drive instead.) The Boise State University campus will be visible. To get to the Student Union, where registration and the opening reception will occur, continue to follow University Drive. The Student Union will be on the left-hand side of the street.

From the East of Boise (coming from Mountain Home), take I-84 West to Exit 53, which is the airport exit. Turn right on Vista Avenue. Vista Avenue will merge with South Federal Way and become South Capital Boulevard. Turn right onto University Drive. (To get to the conference hotel, you will turn left on University Drive instead.) The Boise State University campus will be visible. To get to the Student Union, where registration and the opening reception will occur, continue to follow University Drive. The Student Union will be on the left-hand side of the street.

From the West of Boise (coming from Nampa), take I-84 East to Exit 53, which is the airport exit. Turn right on Vista Avenue. Vista Avenue will merge with South Federal Way and become South Capital Boulevard. Turn right onto University Drive. (To get to the conference hotel, you will turn left on University Drive instead.) The Boise State University campus will be visible. To get to the Student Union, where registration and the opening reception will occur, continue to follow University Drive. The Student Union will be on the left-hand side of the street.

Food Survey (deadline: ASAP)

As an informal food/people count, please respond via e-mail to Jodi Chilson (jodichilson@boisestate.edu) to the following as soon as is possible.

  1. Do you have any food preferences or allergies the planning committee should take into consideration when organizing meal opportunities for the conference? (for example, vegetarian, vegan, peanut allergies, etc)
  2. If the lunch on Saturday is a box lunch, what two (2) sandwich types would you consider preferable?  Specify with a 1 as top priority, and 2 as second choice.Turkey, Ham, Beef, Chicken, Veggie, Mushroom, Eggplant, OtherIf Other, please provide a suggestion.
  3. If the lunch on Saturday is a catered event, what two (2) main course items would be of interest? Specify with a 1 as top priority, and 2 as second choice.Beef, Lamb, Pork, Fish, Chicken, Turkey, Pasta, Salad, Potato, OtherIf Other, please provide a suggestion.
  4. For our formal dinner on Saturday, what two (2) main course items would be of interest? Specify with a 1 as top priority, and 2 as second choice.Beef, Lamb, Pork, Fish, Chicken, Turkey, Pasta, Salad, Potato, OtherIf Other, please provide a suggestion.
  5. Do you plan to have a guest for lunch or dinner?  Please specify how many, including yourself, for either/both lunch or/and dinner.

Thank you!

Conclusion

We will be in touch soon with a draft of the conference program. We hope to hear from you all soon

Thank you for your time. Please let us know if you have any questions!

Best,

Jodi Chilson

 This conference is sponsored in part by the Consul General of Ireland (San Francisco), the American Conference for Irish Studies, and various organizations, departments, and colleges at Boise State University (College of Arts and Sciences, College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, the Graduate College, the Communications department, and the English department).



ACIS-West 2010 – Registration Form
July 15, 2010, 9:47 pm
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Registration Form

AMERICAN CONFERENCE FOR IRISH STUDIES, WEST

(Re)Defining Irish-ness in the Contemporary/Post-Modern

Friday, October 1st through Sunday, October 3rd, 2010.

Boise State University (Boise, Idaho)

 Please find a Registration form attached to this e-mail. The registration fee for this conference is $80. The registration fee for students is $50. Please register by October 1st. Late registration will be $100.

The registration fee includes the Friday reception, Saturday lunch, and the Saturday reception/banquet.

The conference will be hosted on the Boise State University campus:

                                1910 University Drive, Boise, Idaho  83725

Some social events may occur off-campus, but are within a short walking distance.  Free shuttle service is available for those desiring a ride to those locations.

 _______________________________________________________________ 

Name: ______________________________________________________

                (as you would like to have it on your badge)

Institutional (or other) Affiliation: _________________________________

Address: _____________________________________________________

                ______________________________________________________

                ______________________________________________________

Phone:    ____________________________________________________

e-mail address:  ________________________________________________

Check one of the following:

____        Registration Fee ($80)

____        Student Registration Fee ($50)

___________________________________________________

Send the completed Registration form and the check (made payable to ACIS-West) to Jodi Chilson at the following address:

 Jodi Chilson
Boise State University
Graduate College, MS-1110
1910 University Drive
Boise, Idaho  83725
USA

 208-426-3604
jodichilson@boisestate.edu

Please remember, if you haven’t done so already, to join ACIS or otherwise update your membership dues in addition to the submission of the registration fees for this conference. You must be an ACIS member to present at the conference. The ACIS membership information and website are as follows: http://www.acisweb.com/members.php?type=join.

 This conference is sponsored in part by the Consul General of Ireland (San Francisco), the American Conference for Irish Studies, and various organizations, departments, and colleges at Boise State University (College of Arts and Sciences, College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, the Graduate College, the Communications department, and the English department).



Thank You
May 27, 2010, 4:33 pm
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We’ve received a very exciting number of abstracts and subjects within those abstracts. This week, we’re sifting through and analyzing what we have, and will respond to all submissions by June 1st.

Thank you for your submissions.



EXTENSION: Call for Papers, Call for Films, Call for Emerging Scholar Applicants
May 17, 2010, 5:31 pm
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The Call for Papers for the 2010 American Conference for Irish Studies deadline has been extended. Submit your abstract by Monday, May 24th to Jodi Chilson (jodichilson@boisestate.edu).