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2007 ALA Sessions

The EDIS is sponsoring two panel sessions at ALA in May, 2007. Please send proposals by January 10 to the session organizers, Cindy MacKenzie( and Marianne Noble ( The conference will take place in Boston, May 24-27, 2007. For further information about the conference, go to

• Panel #1: Teaching Dickinson.
What are the challenges and rewards of teaching Dickinson's poetry? What strategies have and have not worked? What makes Dickinson popular (or not) with students?

• Panel #2: New Approaches to an Old
Question: What is Dickinson's "Circumference"? What does it mean that Dickinson's business is circumference, the “bride of awe," the entity between "place" and" presence"? This is one of the most vexing questions, one worth revisiting in light of new readings of Dickinson's poems, letters, and life.