The 5th Annual Cavalier Conference on Writing and Literature was held on April 12, 2019, at the JCCC Regnier Center. This year’s theme was Voices: Expression, Diversity, and Identity. The conference attracted high school and college instructors from around the Kansas City metropolitan area and throughout Kansas. A total of 112 people registered. The keynote speaker for the event was Kathleen Blake Yancey, the Kellogg W. Hunt Professor of English and Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University.
The conference offered 17 sessions with 27 presenters from high schools, community colleges, and four-year colleges. The following schools featured presenters: Rockhurst University, Emporia State University, Columbia University Teacher’s College, University of Kansas, Kansas City Public Schools, Lee’s Summit High School, Olathe West High School, Washburn University, Gardner Edgerton High School, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Fort Hays State University, Pittsburg State University, Garden City Community College, Seaman High School, Kansas State University, Emporia High School, and Johnson County Community College.
There were also attendees from MidAmerica Nazarene, Shawnee Heights High School, MCC Maple Woods, Haskell Indian Nations University, Coffeyville Community College, Highland Community College, Hesston College, Cowley College, and Blue Valley Northwest High School.
The following professors from JCCC presented or participated in panel discussions:
- Farrell Hoy Jenab: “Finding One’s Voice as a Novice Researcher”
- Ruth Heflin: “The Myth of the West”
- Ted Rollins, Janice Hodgkin, Amy Pace, Staci Petrillo: “Interject? Intervene? Interfere? Effective Teacher Voice(s) in Online Discussions.”
- Dan Cryer: “Media Voices: Getting Past the ‘Bias’ Frame in First-Year Composition”
- Beth Gulley: “In their Own Words: An Open Mic Poetry Opportunity”
The following professors from the English department served as session chairs:
- Diane Davis
- Jim McWard
- Mark Browning
- Sayanti Ganguly Puckett
- Marilyn Senter
- Monica Hogan
- Michael Carriger
- Andrea Broomfield