CFP: [20th] The Beat Generation Symposium, Oct. 10-11, 2008, Columbia College Chicago

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Tony Trigilio
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Call for Papers
The Beat Generation Symposium (sponsored by the Beat Studies Association,
Illinois State University, and Columbia College Chicago)

October 10-11, 2008
Columbia College Chicago, Film Row Theatre (1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor)

This is an academic Beat Studies conference to be held on the campus
of Columbia College in conjunction with the Center for the Book and
Paper Arts's Fall 2008 display of the Jack Kerouac ON THE ROAD
manuscript scroll.

Featured Speakers: Diane di Prima and Joanne Kyger.

Proposals on any and all Beat-related topics are welcome, but we are
particularly interested in papers that (1) explore lesser known or
under-studied Beat writers or (2) introduce a new critical vision of
Beat topics such as religion, the Cold War, bohemian cultures, the
arts, gender, race/ethnicity, etc.

Proposals should be at least 500 words in length (longer is better)
and clearly demonstrate the relevance of the proposed paper to Beat
Studies. Please send proposal to:

Nancy Grace
Professor of English
The College of Wooster
Wooster, OH 44691

Deadline: May 15, 2008


Conference fee for those who pre-register before August 1: $50 ($25 for
Graduate Students, Independent Scholars, and Retired Faculty). After
August 1, the fees are $100 and $50.

Checks should be made payable to Columbia College Chicago, and should be
sent to:

Columbia Ticket Center
33 East Congress St., Suite 610
Chicago, IL 60605
Ph: 312-344-6600 (fax 312-344-8470)

A limited number of hotel rooms are available at the Homewood Suites by
Hilton Chicago-Downtown, 40 East Grand Avenue, Chicago. This hotel is a
very short cab or subway ride from the Columbia campus. The Homewood
Suites prepared a special link for us to book online. Just click below and
you'll find directions for reserving a room:

It's important that you book your room as soon as possible, as the Chicago
Marathon is taking place October 12. (We only discovered this convergence
recently, after we'd already booked the featured readers.)

A Visitor's Guide for the Beat Symposium is pasted below, with a list of
nearby hotels. Columbia College Chicago is located downtown, in the heart
of the city's South Loop neighborhood, and is easily accessible from these
hotels by foot or cab. All major subway/El trains come into the South
Loop, too, so it's possible to book hotels in other parts of the city and
make it to the Symposium without difficulty.

Mention that you're a Columbia College Chicago visitor to receive
discounted rates at some of these hotels. It's crucial to book as soon as
possible because of the marathon.

For more information, contact Tony Trigilio at


O'Hare Airport (western suburbs) and Midway Airport (southern suburbs) are
the two airports servicing the Chicgao area. They are approximately
equidistant from Columbia College.

>From Midway Airport, take the Orange Line elevated train to Adams Street.
>From there, walk south on Wabash until you reach Congress Parkway. From
O'Hare Airport, take the Blue Line to La Salle. Walk East on Congress (away
from the Chicago Stock Exchange Building, which you'll see upon emerging
from the subway) until you reach Wabash (about 5 short blocks).

Use's<'s/> free Trip
Planner service to plan the rest of your trips while you're here. Simply
enter your starting point and destination, and Trip Planner gives you
detailed directions. As of 2008, fares are $2.00 one-way with a $0.25
transfer. Each train station has kiosks where you can buy transit cards and
reload them (cash only). The Blue Line and Red Line run 24/7; the other
lines stop running for a few hours late at night.

Taxis are available throughout the city. From Midway Airport to the English
Department, cab fare would be approximately $25 and from O'Hare Airport cab
fare would be approximately $50. If you need to call a cab, call (773) or
(312) TAXICAB.

Metra Trains service suburban areas. Visit<> for an updated schedule and
fare list.


The Hilton and Towers
722 S Michigan Ave
(0.2 miles from the English Department)
(312) 922-4400

The Palmer House Hilton
17 E Monroe St (0.4 miles away)
(312) 726-7500 or 1-800-HILTONS

The Best Western Grant Park
1100 S Michigan Ave (0.6 mi)
(312) 922-2900

65 E Harrison St (0.1 mi)
(312) 427-8000

Hotel Blake
500 S Dearborn St (0.3 mi)
(312) 986-1234<>

Blackstone Hotel
819 S Wabash Ave # 606 (0.3 mi)
(312) 447-0955

Congress Plaza Hotel
520 S Michigan Ave (0.1 mi)
(312) 427-3800

The Silversmith Hotel
10 S Wabash Ave (0.4 mi)
(312) 372-7696

Omni Ambassador East
1301 S State St (0.7 mi)
(312) 787-3700

Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago-Downtown
600 North State Street (1.5 mi)
(312) 943-3800

Essex Inn Hotel
800 S Michigan Ave (0.3 mi)
(312) 939-2800

Club Quarters: Hotel
111 W Adams St (0.4 mi)
(312) 214-6400

W Hotels-Chicago City Center
172 W Adams St (0.4 mi)
(312) 332-1200

Hostelling International Chicago
24 E Congress Pkwy (0.1 mi)
(312) 360-0300

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