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Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Thanks so very much to Bruce Clarke, Don Pease, and everyone who attended the Symposium this weekend! We hope that you enjoyed your visit to Houston and Rice University, and that you had your fill of both good discussion and good food. Safe travels to those heading back home today.

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BRC 1003 Saturday

Detailed Conference Schedule [updated]

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

The PDF of the detailed schedule can be found here:

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If you have any questions about directions, parking, food, etc., please don’t hesitate to ask. Otherwise, we’ll see you in Houston!

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view from the BRC

Quick Updates

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

We now have a Twitter handle: follow us at @rice_symposium!

Also, just a reminder of how close the Hilton is to the BRC:

Hilton BRC proximity

Coming soon: a detailed schedule and room information.

See you all in just over a week! As always, let us know if you have any questions.

Keynote Titles

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

With the symposium less than a month away, we are pleased to announce the titles of our two keynote talks:

Bruce Clarke, “Systemic Reentry and Narrative Form”

Donald Pease, “Between the Camp and the Commons: Rights of Bio-Political Passages in Douglass and Melville.”

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Coming soon: a finalized panel schedule and meal information. As always, please let us know if you have any questions!

Hotel Reservations

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014


We have reserved a block of rooms at the nearby Hilton (Houston Plaza / Medical Center) at a reduced rate. Please book your room as soon as possible: this special rate will be available until August 14th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Click here to reserve your room at the Hilton!

There are 10 “King” rooms (with one big bed) available, but there are also 5 “Double” rooms (with two small beds) available for any attendees who’d like to partner up and split the cost.

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The Hilton is literally next door to our conference venue (see the map below), and we’ll be inviting everyone to the Hilton’s bar and lounge on Saturday night to unwind after the panels .

look how close they are!

While there might be comparable room rates at other hotels further away, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of this offer from the Hilton. Houston is a vast, sprawling city (the fourth largest in the U.S.): it is not particularly pedestrian-friendly, and there are few options for cheap public transportation. Why pay extra (for a rental car and parking) when you can stay across the street from the conference venue?

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Keynote Speakers

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

We are very pleased to have Bruce Clarke of Texas Tech University and Donald Pease of Dartmouth University as our featured keynote speakers.