October 16, 2015

Dear Colleague:

Two summers ago the Adventist English Association met at Andrews University, giving papers, getting acquainted, and enjoying a cultural trip to Chicago. We pledged at that time to meet again in three years. The summer of 2016 is that summer. The Adventist English Association will meet at Southwestern Adventist University from June 15-19, 2016. The first meeting will be a plenary session on “Change in the Adventist English Department” Thursday morning, June 16, at 9:00 a.m. Participants should travel on Wednesday, June 15 in order to be ready for this first important session. Transportation may be available from DFW airport. There will be no traditional first-night banquet, but we promise to feed you well during the course of your stay.

In planning the theme of “change” for the meetings, we felt that many papers could easily fit with this topic. We foresee sessions on “Changes in Literary Theory,” “Changes in the Teaching of Writing,” “Changes in the Use of Technology in the Classroom,” “Changes in Methods of Publication,” “Changes in ESL Pedagogy,” “Changes in Reading Instruction,” etc. We would welcome presentations that are researched with this conference in mind, but we are also interested in projects you are already working on.

We will also take time to enjoy the cultural aspects of the DFW Metroplex. There will be an art afternoon in Fort Worth during which we will visit the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the Amon Carter Museum. Another afternoon will be spent in Dallas at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza followed by a dinner.

You may keep abreast of the plans for the conference by accessing the Adventist English Association web page at https://adventistenglishassociation.wordpress.com.There will be further information coming on the cost of the conference and reservation information for hotel accommodations. Make sure you are signed up as a member. Within the next month we will be posting a survey online to gather information on changes you have seen while teaching in Adventist English departments. Information on the survey will also appear on the Adventist English Association website.

During the AEA conference we would like to have photographs of English professors and teachers circulating on the public monitors between sessions with their names and institutions. It is easiest to use the photograph from your school’s website. If you have any objections to having your photograph used, please let us know and we will honor your request. Thank you for your help.

We look forward to spending time with you next summer.


Judy Myers Laue

President, Adventist English Association