Beyond 'SparkNotes': Motivating Student Engagement, NeMLA, April 3-6, 2014, Harrisburg, PA (abstract by Sep. 30, 2013)

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Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

This roundtable addresses the realities of students' reading and interpretive practices and explores practical, innovative ways instructors can promote direct engagement with literature and other texts. What types of activities/assignments encourage independent reading and analysis? How can we deter dependence on online text summaries and analyses, or design assignments to re-direct the use of websites and cultivate critical thinking? And what are effective ways to respond to classes that reflect a range of student commitment to coursework? Please send a 200-300 word abstract for a 5-10 minute talk to Natalie Mera Ford at and Mary Sizemore at by Sep. 30, 2013.

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The 2014 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. This capitol city set on the Susquehanna River is known for its vibrant restaurant scene, historical sites, the National Civil War museum, and nearby Amish Country, antique shops and Hershey Park. NeMLA has arranged low hotel rates of $104-$124.

The 2014 event will include guest speakers, literary readings, professional events, and workshops. A reading by George Saunders will open the Convention. His 2013 collection of short fiction, The Tenth of December, has been acclaimed by the New York Times as "the best book you'll read this year." The Keynote speaker will be David Staller of Project Shaw.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.