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54th Annual Conference
of the Western Literature Association

Not Cloudy All Day: Climates of Change in the American West

Estes Park, Colorado | September 18 - 21, 2019

 

Conference Agenda

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Session Overview
Date: Wednesday, 18/Sep/2019
1:00pm
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4:00pm
WLA Executive Council Meeting
Location: Keyhole
4:00pm
-
7:00pm
Book Exhibit
Location: Chasm Lake
Registration
Location: Lower Longs Peak Lobby
5:00pm
-
6:45pm
Welcome Reception
Location: Diamond East
5:00pm
-
7:30pm
Dinner Buffet, YMCA Aspen Dining Room
7:00pm
-
7:15pm
Indigenous Land Recognition, Ava Hamilton, Arapaho Nation
Location: Assembly Hall C
7:00pm
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8:30pm
Plenary: Laura Pritchett, The Truth of Fiction: Climate Change in Five Novels (co-sponsored by Estes Valley Library)
Location: Assembly Hall C
Western Colorado University
Date: Thursday, 19/Sep/2019
7:00am
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9:00am
Breakfast Buffet, YMCA Aspen Dining Room
7:45am
-
4:00pm
Book Exhibit
Location: Chasm Lake
Registration
Location: Lower Longs Peak Lobby
8:00am
-
9:15am
T1A Students on Student Engagement and Cultural Research at the Center for the Study of the American West
Location: Boulder Field
Chair: Timothy Paul Bowman, West Texas A&M University
No AV
T1B War and Warming in the West (CW)
Location: Granite Pass
Chair: Thomas George McGuire, United States Air Force Academy
No AV
T1C #MeToo and the WLA (Conversation)
Location: Bible Point
Emily Lutenski and Ashley Reis, Moderators
T1D The West(ern) Abroad
Location: East Portal
Chair: Alex Trimble Young, Arizona State University
AV basic
T1E Remapping Western Spaces
Location: Keyhole
Chair: O. Alan Weltzien, University of Montana Western
AV basic
T1F Scaling the West
Location: Glacier Basin
Chair: Sylvan Goldberg, Colorado College
AV basic
T1G The Haunted West
Location: Diamond East
Chair: Rebecca M. Lush, California State University San Marcos
AV audio
T1H Environment, Race, and Leisure: Outdoor Industry Narratives and Western Culture
ASLE Sponsored Panel

Location: Diamond West
Chair: Peter Bayers, Fairfield University
ASLE Sponsored Panel
AV audio
9:30am
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10:45am
Demi-Plenary: Deconstructing and Reconstructing Indigenous Families and Identities
Location: Assembly Hall C
Chair: Christopher Caskey Russell, University of Wyoming
Stephen Graham Jones, Margaret Jacobs, Rick Waters, Susan Harness
T2C Mosey Poesy: Western Lyricism in Poetry, Prose, and Song (CW)
Location: Bible Point
Chair: Sidney Thompson, Texas Christian University
AV basic
T2G Digital West: Landscapes and Identities
Location: Diamond East
Chair: Mike Lemon, Texas Tech University
AV audio
T2H Western Massacre Sites (PI)
Location: Diamond West
Chair: Jennifer Dawes, Midwestern State University
AV basic
11:00am
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12:15pm
T3A Lost and Found: Children Out West
Location: Boulder Field
Chair: Maria O'Connell, Wayland Baptist University
No AV
T3B Places in the West (CW)
Location: Granite Pass
Chair: Melody Graulich, Emeritus Professor Utah State University
No AV
T3C Place, Consciousness, Animal: Western Fiction
Location: Bible Point
Chair: Susan Nance, University of Guelph
AV basic
T3D New Southwest Indigenous Literary Histories: From Origins to Apocalypse
Location: East Portal
Chair: James Cox, University of Texas at Austin
AV basic
T3E Cather in a Time of Climate Change
Location: Keyhole
Chair: Robert Thacker, St. Lawrence University
AV basic
T3F Climate Impact on Literary Form
Location: Glacier Basin
Chair: Matt Burkhart, Case Western Reserve University
AV basic
T3G Climates of Violence: Feminisms and Environmental Justice
Location: Diamond East
Chair: José Aranda, Rice University
AV audio
T3H Storytelling Scholars (Conversation)
Location: Diamond West
Chair: O. Alan Weltzien, University of Montana Western
AV audio
11:30am
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1:30pm
Lunch Buffet, YMCA Aspen Dining Room
12:20pm
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1:20pm
Graduate Student Luncheon with Kathleen Dean Moore
Location: Diamond East
1:30pm
-
2:45pm
T4A Revitalizing Indigenous Languages and Poetics
Location: Boulder Field
Chair: Margaret Noodin, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
No AV
T4B Borderlands and Domestic Spaces
Location: Granite Pass
Chair: Priscilla Solis Ybarra, University of North Texas
No AV
T4C Apocalyptic Visions
Location: Bible Point
Chair: Lynn Badia, Colorado State University
AV basic
T4D Past Presidents' Conversation: Buried Archives of the West(ern)
Location: East Portal
Moderated by Emily Lutenski and Michael Johnson
AV basic
T4E Stephen Graham Jones Society Sponsored Panel
Location: Keyhole
Chair: Billy J. Stratton, University of Denver
AV basic
T4F Extraction
Location: Glacier Basin
Chair: William Handley, University of Southern California
AV basic
T4G Cather Here and There
Location: Diamond East
Chair: Mark Madigan, Nazareth College
AV audio
T4H Reclaiming Feminist Methodologies: Narrative Scholarship and Autobiographical Literary Criticism (Conversation)
Location: Diamond West
Chair: Randi Tanglen, Austin College
AV audio
3:00pm
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4:15pm
Plenary: Paolo Bacigalupi, Storytelling for a Fragmented Future
Location: Assembly Hall C
Chair: Lynn Badia, Colorado State University
Paonia, Colorado
4:30pm
-
5:45pm
T6A Western Activist Writing
Location: Boulder Field
Chair: Amanda J. Zink, Idaho State University
No AV
T6B For Graduate Students: Publishing
Location: Granite Pass
Chair: Jillian Moore Bennion, Duquesne University
Discussants: Susan Kollin, Rebecca Lush, Melody Graulich, Erin Murrah-Mandril, Melina Vizcaíno-Alemán
No AV
T6C Women's History: Bringing the Past into the Present (PI)
Location: Bible Point
Chair: Carol Loranger, Wright State University
AV basic
T6D African American West
Location: East Portal
Chair: Michael K. Johnson, University of Maine-Farmington
AV basic
T6E Indigenous Representations
Location: Keyhole
Chair: James Cox, University of Texas at Austin
AV basic
T6F New West Cli-Fi
Location: Glacier Basin
Chair: Nancy S. Cook, University Of Montana
AV basic
T6G The Long 60s
Location: Diamond East
Chair: Tom Lynch, University of Nebraska
AV audio
T6H Post West / Diverse Media
Location: Diamond West
Chair: Ryan Brooks, West Texas A&M University
AV audio
5:00pm
-
7:30pm
Dinner Buffet, YMCA Aspen Dining Room
7:00pm
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8:30pm
Plenary: Kathleen Dean Moore, How to Love a Wounded World (co-sponsored by Estes Valley Library)
Location: Assembly Hall C
Chair: SueEllen Campbell, Colorado State University
Oregon State University
8:30pm
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10:00pm
Graduate Student Social / Open Mic hosted by Aaron Abeyta
Location: Diamond East
Grad students only until 9. Then open to all registered folks.
Date: Friday, 20/Sep/2019
7:00am
-
9:00am
Breakfast Buffet, YMCA Aspen Dining Room
7:45am
-
4:00pm
Book Exhibit
Location: Chasm Lake
Registration
Location: Lower Longs Peak Lobby
8:00am
-
9:15am
F1A Responsive Classrooms: How Are Classes and Campuses Adapting to Change? (Conversation)
Location: Boulder Field
Tara Penry and Nic Witschi, moderators No AV
F1B Geologies of Memory (PI, CW)
Location: Granite Pass
Chair: Kyoko Matsunaga, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies
No AV
F1C Hard-Core Stone-Cold Cli-Fi
Location: Bible Point
Chair: Emily J. Rau, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
AV basic
F1D Unpacking the Goodnow House Library: Reflections from a Midwestern Archive Collaboration
Location: East Portal
Chair: Steffi Dippold, Kansas State University
Eli Thayer’s “Rousing Lecture”: Changing the Rhetorical Climate about the American West Mohammad Kasifur Rahman, Kansas State University Women Write the West: Emma Willard’s Gendered American History Courtney Thompson, Kansas State University Thinking Orange in the American West Stephanie Wallace, Kansas State University AV basic
F1E An Ethic of Care
Location: Keyhole
Chair: Ashley Elaine Reis, Independent Scholar
AV basic
F1F Sanora Babb and Mary Hallock Foote: Writers in Context
Location: Glacier Basin
Chair: Kerry Fine, Arizona State University
AV basic
F1G Homemaking and Homebreaking
Location: Diamond East
Chair: Kalenda Eaton, University of Oklahoma
AV audio
F1H Genre, Land, and the Global North
Location: Diamond West
Chair: Krista Comer, Rice University
AV audio
9:30am
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10:45am
Plenary: Aaron Abeyta, The Poem as Necessary Sacrifice: To Love a People, Place, & Home Until It Breaks You
Location: Assembly Hall C
Chair: Alex Hunt, West Texas A&M University
Western Colorado University
11:00am
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12:15pm
F3A Think Global (but Still Western)
Location: Boulder Field
Chair: Stefano Rosso, University of Bergamo
No AV
F3B The West in Other Genres (PI)
Location: Granite Pass
Chair: Kalenda Eaton, University of Oklahoma
No AV
F3C The Public Lands Debate: What's Next? (PI)
Location: Bible Point
Chair: Jennifer Ladino, University of Idaho
AV basic
F3D Breaking the Rules of Sex and Gender
Location: East Portal
Chair: Emily Lutenski, Saint Louis University
AV basic
F3E Being on the Land
Location: Keyhole
Chair: William Lombardi, Feather River College
AV basic
F3F Performing and Constructing Indian-ness
Location: Glacier Basin
Chair: Lisa Tatonetti, Kansas State University
AV basic
F3G Quick! Resilience! Five Writers Offer Creativity in the Face of Change (CW)
Location: Diamond East
Chair: Elizabeth Dodd, Kansas State University
AV audio
F3H Research into Art
Location: Diamond West
Chair: Jennifer Sinor, Utah State University
AV audio
11:30am
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1:30pm
Lunch Buffet, YMCA Aspen Dining Room
1:30pm
-
2:45pm
F4A Changing West (PI)
Location: Boulder Field
Chair: Karen Ramirez, University of Colorado Boulder
No AV
F4B A Place in the Canon
Location: Granite Pass
Chair: Jenny Kerber, Wilfrid Laurier University
No AV
F4C The Dark West
Location: Bible Point
Chair: Katharine Amber Anthony, Amarillo Independent School District
AV basic
F4D Analyzing the Anthropocene
Location: East Portal
Chair: Audrey Goodman, Georgia State University
AV basic
F4E Silko and Indigenous Textuality (Papers & Conversation)
Location: Keyhole
Chair: Alex Hunt, West Texas A&M University
Alex Hunt, Conversation Leader AV basic
F4F Re/Covering Classics of Western Literature
Location: Glacier Basin
Chair: Nicolas S. WItschi, Western Michigan University
AV basic
F4G Western Bodies: Migration, Labor, Perception
Location: Diamond East
Chair: Olivia Tracy, University of Denver
AV audio
F4H Honoring the Rigors of His Putrid Nature: A Structured Conversation on Deadwood: The Movie
Location: Diamond West
Chair: Justin Joyce, Emory University
AV audio
3:00pm
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4:15pm
Plenary: Brian Calvert and Scott Denning, Thinking through the Atmosphere: Public Thought for a Changing Climate
Location: Assembly Hall C
Chair: SueEllen Campbell, Colorado State University
4:30pm
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5:30pm
F6A Farmers, Cowboys, Railroads, and Dirtbags: Seasonal Labor and Western Literature (Conversation)
Location: Boulder Field
Chair: Sarah Jane Kerwin, University of Michigan
No AV
F6B Postmodern Western Travels
Location: Granite Pass
Chair: Michael Gorman, Hiroshima City University
No AV
F6C Feminist Critical Regionalism (Conversation)
Location: Bible Point
Chair: Krista Comer, Rice University
AV basic
F6D Western Illness Narratives (CW)
Location: East Portal
Chair: Joshua Smith, Biola University
AV basic
F6E Homes on the Range: Collaborating across Classrooms and Disciplines through Literature of the Great Plains (Conversation)
Location: Keyhole
Chair: Matthew Q. Evertson, Chadron State College
AV basic
F6F (Re)Thinking Activism and Geopolitics in the Borderlands (papers & conversation)
Location: Glacier Basin
Chair: José Aranda, Rice University
AV basic
F6G Personal and Political: Relating to Public Lands
Location: Diamond East
Chair: John David Schwetman, University of Minnesota Duluth
AV audio
F6H Re-Vision in the Anthropocene (PI, Conversation)
Location: Diamond West
Chair: John VanOverbeke, University of Minnesota
AV audio
5:00pm
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7:30pm
Dinner Buffet, YMCA Aspen Dining Room
For those choosing not to attend the banquet.
5:45pm
-
6:30pm
Reception
Location: Diamond East
6:30pm
-
8:00pm
WLA Banquet and Award Ceremony
Location: Assembly Hall C
8:00pm
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10:00pm
Dance: MORAL PANIC from Laramie, Wyoming
Location: Assembly Hall C
Date: Saturday, 21/Sep/2019
7:00am
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9:00am
Breakfast Buffet, YMCA Aspen Dining Room
7:15am
-
8:15am
Presidents' Breakfast
7:45am
-
12:30pm
Book Exhibit
Location: Chasm Lake
8:30am
-
9:45am
S1A Turning to Home (CW)
Location: Boulder Field
Chair: MaxieJane Frazier, Bennington Writing Seminars
No AV
S1B For Graduate Students: The Best Advice and Strategies for Interviews
Location: Granite Pass
Chair: Jessica Colleen Perez Lopez, Michigan State University
Discussants: Priscilla Ybarra, Will Lombardi, Matt Burkhart
No AV
S1C WLA/Redd Center K–12 Teaching Award
Location: Bible Point
Chair: Randi Tanglen, Austin College
AV basic
S1D The Visual West
Location: East Portal
Chair: Erin Bistline, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
AV basic
S1F Outsiders at Home
Location: Glacier Basin
Chair: Joshua Dolezal, Central College
AV basic
S1G Borders in Western Fiction
Location: Diamond East
Chair: Bernadette V Russo, Texas Tech University
No AV
S1H Readers' Theater: A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains
Location: Diamond West
Chair: O. Alan Weltzien, University of Montana Western
S1I Public Lands History Center
Location: Aspen Glen
Chair: Ariel Schnee, Colorado State University, Public Lands History Center
Moderated by Michael Childers, Assistant Professor, CSU History Panelists: Andy Olson, M.A. Candidate, CSU History; Kurt Kneirim, High School Teacher, Rocky Mountain High School; Kayla Steele, High School Teacher, Berthoud High School; Issy Condon, Student, Berthoud High School; Ella Rupp, Berthoud High School; Leslie Moore, M.A. Candidate, CSU History; Hailey Doucette, Undergraduate, CSU History; Bekah Schields, M.A. Candidate, CSU History; & Jake Swisher, M.A. Candidate, CSU History
9:45am
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11:00am
Plenary: Dan Flores, Adventures Writing about Animals in the Anthropocene
Location: Aspen Glen
Chair: Alex Hunt, West Texas A&M University
11:15am
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12:30pm
WLA Business Meeting
Location: Aspen Glen
11:30am
-
1:30pm
Lunch Buffet, YMCA Aspen Dining Room
12:30pm
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5:00pm
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