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Seven Things on My Schedule for 29 December

1. It’s room service for me this morning, along with seventy-one other Loews guests (I was curious, so I asked). I don’t usually indulge in room service, but my schedule can be a cruel beast so sometimes I let the cereal and coffee come to me.

2. I’m curious to hear what people have to say in this morning’s session The Academic Workforce in Hard Times, with Gaurav Desai of Tulane University presiding. The participants will no doubt touch on the issues on everybody’s minds these days: lack of jobs, the rise in the use of adjunct faculty members, and an uncertain future for the profession.

3. I’ll pop down the hall to check out the Creative Conversation Between Poetry and Psychoanalysis to see how this new format works. I’m looking forward to meeting the poet Alicia Ostriker.

4. I want to listen in on this morning’s session Career Opportunities in Two-Year Colleges. Six sessions focused on community colleges are open to the public this year, and I hope we’ll see a good turnout.

5. I plan to share war stories with my fellow editors of learned journals in room 203-B of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Stop in to chat with CELJ editors for a consult.

6. I’ve been encouraged by the response to my Twitter posts about the convention. Some people seem surprised the MLA has a presence on Twitter, which only allows 140 characters per message. As someone who loves language, I embrace the many forms it takes in the modern world, even tweeting!

7. This isn't really a schedule item, but rumor has it (from several people) that I was too sick to come to the convention this year. Rumor FAIL.
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