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LCSNA Fall 2022 Meeting
November 4, 2022 – November 6, 2022 EDT
Zoom: https://ufl.zoom.us/s/92405943976 (no passcode required)
We look forward to SEEING and, perhaps, HUGGING you at the LCSNA meeting held at the George A Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, in Gainesville. While there are no registration costs to you and the meeting is free and open to the public, we ask that you register by Oct 26th to help us prepare for your arrival.
During the General Meeting on Saturday, Nov 5, tea, coffee, and water will be available throughout the day. Lunch will be available to attendees at no cost.
Sunday, Nov 6, we ask you to register for the Tea Party. If you know there are specific materials you would like to see on Sunday, send an email to email@example.com to request those materials be pulled ahead of time.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Remote/Zoom attendees MUST register to receive the link and password Information for the meeting.
Identification. You will need to show a picture ID when entering University facilities, including the bus to the Maxine and David Schaefer Memorial Reading.
COVID. The University does not have a vaccination or mask requirement. Attendees should evaluate their own risks and take precautions accordingly. N-95 masks will be available at the venue.
If you have questions, please send an email to Linda Cassady at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program (Eastern Time Zone)
Friday, November 4, 2022
Afternoon Trip! (12:45 pm – 3:45 pm)
- Meet at the Smathers Library at 12:45 pm to ride a bus to the P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School
Maxine and David Schaefer Memorial Reading
P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School (1:00 pm – 2:15 pm)
- Participate in an excerpt of Alice’s Adventures performed for the third-grade students.
UF’s Education Library Visit (2:45 pm – 3:45 pm)
- Exhibition and Introduction to Collection
LCSNA Board Meeting (4:30 pm – 6:30 pm), George A Smathers Library
Dinner (6:30 pm – ) TBD
Saturday, November 5, 2022, George A Smathers Libraries, Room 100, 9:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Welcome (9:00 am – 9:30 am)
- Linda Cassady, President, Lewis Carroll Society of North America
- Judith Russell, Dean of University Libraries, University of Florida
- E. Haven Hawley, Chair, Special and Area Studies Collections, University of Florida
- Ramona Caponegro, Curator, Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature, University of Florida
Connecting Carroll with Classes and Research in the UF English Department (9:45 am – 11:00 am)
- Magic from the Margins: Lewis Carroll, George MacDonald, and Legacies of the Victorian Fantastic,
Recent English-language fiction for children and young adults seems dominated by the fantastic: from the deep cultural impacts of Harry Potter and The Hunger Games to the mainstream appeal of supernatural teen shows like The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Stranger Things, fantasy’s former status as shameful “nerd” interest seems to be on the wane in youth circles. Instead, fantasy has become a mode of escape and resistance for many. This may seem strange: the genre’s roots in the popular fantastic fiction of late Victorian Britain might not seem to fit the hyper-informed “commitment to diversity” environment of youth publishing and readership in the 21st century. But even as critics (particularly queer readers and readers of color) challenge persisting structural and symbolic inequities in fantastic genres, a deeper look at foundational Victorian texts reveals some reasons fantastic fiction still holds promise. A transgenerational community of authors, identifying with the “childishness” or “untimeliness” of fantasy worlds, wrote themselves into importance by reclaiming magic their modern world seemingly pushed aside. Maxine will briefly discuss her work on these authors, focusing on the Scottish fantasy author George MacDonald, his influence on Lewis Carroll, and the attention to social and spatial margins their work transmits to contemporary fantastic fiction.
- Haptic Engagements in Wonderland: Alice’s Adaptations at the Baldwin Library,
As part of his Spring 2022 Introduction to Adaptation Studies class at the University of Florida students visited the Baldwin Library to interact with a sample from the infinitude of written and illustrated adaptations of Lewis Carroll’s enduring book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. With Dr. Ramona Caponegro’s curation of titles grouped by “types” of adaptations and paired with prompts to encourage contemplation, students spent a class period reading, taking notes and pictures, playing with movables, and in other ways becoming involved with these material revisitations of the children’s literature classic. Although their responses and particular interests varied and developed throughout the semester, this session inspired students to value their material encounters with adaptations, to recognize and reflect upon the creation and reception of adaptations as “experiences expressing experiences,” to use scholar Amanda Ruud’s term. This presentation recounts their experience at the Baldwin and its impact on the students’ academic and creative approaches to adaptations. It examines reading and engaging physically with materials as activities that enact the process and enjoyment of adaptation away from reductive comparisons and value judgments. The presentation also briefly considers the influence of this visit on the class’s main assignment: an adaptation screenplay.
- Documentary as Rabbit Hole, Archive as Wonderland
In an upper-division English course on literature for young children, she incorporated materials from the Baldwin archive two separate times to give students the opportunity to engage with the materiality of primary texts in a tangible, memorable way. One of these visits was dedicated to an exploration of the archive’s collection of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland materials. These visits dovetailed Kathryn’s inclusion of introductions to a dozen different branches of literary theory throughout this course, as well as multimodal materials like documentaries. This talk includes an overview of the picture book course, an explanation of her decision to incorporate theory, and the rationale for including two different curated archival material experiences. She will focus her time on providing a description of the specific course framing for Carroll’s work, a summary of student responses to this approach to teaching Alice, and a reflection on these pedagogical experiences.
Down the Archival Rabbit Hole (11:00 am – 12:00 pm)
- Ramona Caponegro introduces the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature, a collection of approximately 120,000 books for young people published between the mid-1600s and today. The Baldwin houses several hundred editions of Carroll’s works, particularly Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, and Alice-inspired retellings and adaptations. While these books provide a wonderful foundation for comparative studies, Ramona will discuss how they can also be used as a springboard to explore important trends and milestones within children’s literature, as well as other treasures within the Baldwin.
Lunch (12:00 pm – 1:15 pm)
Thoughts on Scholarship (With Show and Tell) (1:15 pm – 2:30 pm)
- Charlie Lovett shares thoughts on Lewis Carroll scholarship and research with particular reference to his recently published book, Lewis Carroll: Formed by Faith (which Edward Guiliano calls an “astonishing work”). Charlie will discuss context, research, and vision in scholarship, while sharing stories of researching and writing the first major study of Lewis Carroll’s religious life. The lecture will include a sneak peak into the pages of Lewis Carroll: Formed by Faith and will conclude with an examination of several key sources not used in any previous study of Lewis Carroll. Charlie will bring rare materials to exhibit and will have copies of his book for sale.
Reimagining Wonderland (2:30 pm – 3:45 pm)
- Through photographic surrealism, Maggie Taylor has created distinctive Illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Modernbook, 2008) and Through the Looking-Glass, And What Alice Found There (Moth House, 2018). The images she created for Carroll’s beloved works have also been featured in two museum shows, “Almost Alice: New Illustrations of Wonderland” and “Dreaming Alice: Maggie Taylor’s Through the Looking Glass.” Maggie will discuss the creation process of her Carroll-inspired artwork and will show examples of her work.
Break (3:45 pm – 4:00 pm)
There’s Something About Alice: Alice’s Adventures in Popular Culture (4:00 pm – 5:30 pm)
- Andy Malcolm will offer an exclusive screening of his new documentary film, There’s Something About Alice: Alice’s Adventures in Popular Culture. The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Malcolm about the film.
LCSNA Announcements (5:30 pm – 5:45 pm)
- Linda Cassady and Alan Tannenbaum will present LCSNA Officer election results.
Reception in the Grand Reading Room (6:00 pm – 7:15 pm)
Into the Nightmare-Verse Trilogy (7:15 pm – 8:30 pm)
- Leatrice “Elle” McKinney, writing as L.L. McKinney, set her young adult fantasy trilogy, the Nightmare-Verse books, in contemporary Atlanta and in a Wonderland inspired by Lewis Carroll’s creation. McKinney’s Alice, a Black teenager, travels to Wonderland to battle the Nightmares that cross the boundary between Wonderland and our world, while still coping with losses and fears, as well as family and friends, at home. A Blade So Black (Imprint, 2018) and A Dream So Dark (Imprint, 2019) introduce the power players and conflicts in Wonderland, and fans hope that A Crown So Cursed (Imprint, 2023) will bring peace to the realm.
Sunday, November 6, 2022, George A Smathers Libraries, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Introduction to Special and Area Studies Collections (9:00 am – 9:30 am)
- Haven Hawley, Chair of Special and Area Studies Collections at the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida, will provide an overview of the collections housed within the department and will introduce the Grand Reading Room and the Judaica Suite.
Exploratory Time (9:30 am – 1:00 pm)
- During this time, attendees will have the opportunity to peruse the exhibitions of the Baldwin’s Carroll holdings and other exhibitions within Special and Area Studies Collections and to conduct individual research in the Grand Reading Room.
Tea (12:00 pm – 2:00 pm)
Hotels & Lodging
There are a limited number of hotels, restaurants, immediately around the University. However, several are within a short walking distance to the Smathers Library where most of the conference will be held.
Close to Smathers Library
- Holiday Inn University Center (352-376-1661) is located across the street from campus and is about a three-minute walk to the Library. Piesano’s restaurant is in the hotel, and other restaurants are within walking distance. There are no kitchen facilities or suites. theuniversityhotel.com
- AC Hotel Gainesville (352-792-1151) is located across the street from the Holiday Inn University Center and campus, therefore, in walking distance. There are restaurants within walking distance. The hotel tends to be more expensive than the Holiday Inn. achotels.marriott.com/hotels/ac-hotel-gainesville-downtown
- Reitz Union Hotel (352-392-2151) is located on campus in the Student Union (10-15 minute walk through middle of campus). There are fast food restaurants in the Student Center, and you will be able to park in their area of the parking garage and purchase a second spot. union.ufl.edu/unionhotel
Other Hotels & Airbnb
- Hampton Inn & Suites Gainesville Downtown (352-240-9300) is located in downtown Gainesville, so it’s really close to restaurants and things to do but farther away from campus. It’s not within walking distance, however, the bus stop is 1-2 blocks away. hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hampton-inn-and-suites-gainesville-downtown-GNVDTHX
- Airbnb: several nice selections are available.
Bed and Breakfasts:
- Laurel Oak Inn Information: (352) 375-6653; Reservations: (800) 201-2379. The host and hostess were very friendly. Bus service is available off University Avenue, but you will have to walk to University Avenue. laureloakinn.com
- Magnolia Plantation Bed & Breakfast Information: (352) 375-6653; Reservations: (800) 201-2379 is close to Laurel Oak Inn and Sweetwater Branch Inn. There is bus service from here, but it is a seven-minute walk to the bus stop on University Avenue. magnoliabnb.com
- Sweetwater Branch Inn (373-6760 or 1-800-595-7760) is a bed and breakfast that is very “homey.” The owners are apparently very friendly and you become “one of the family.” There is someone to look out for you. There is bus service from here. sweetwaterinn.com
- Gainesville Airport (GNV): Approximately 6 miles to UF, Gainesville
- Jacksonville Airport (JAX): Approximately 80 miles to UF, Gainesville
- Orlando Airport (MCO): Approximately 120 miles to UF, Gainesville (toll roads)
Parking & Campus Map
UF Parking Map: There are printed maps in the Student Union, and we will have copies available for attendees when they arrive.
Parking on campus is extremely limited. Uber, Lyft and taxi services are available and recommended if you are not staying close to campus. Gainesville has a good public transportation system for getting to and from campus. go-rts.com
Paid Parking (non-UF)
- Roberts Stadium Club parking, 16 NW 18th Street, 10-minute walk to Smathers. Cash and credit cards accepted. stadiumclubuf.com/parking
- The Standard Parking Garage, 1324 NW 2nd Ave, 5-minute walk to Smathers. Credit cards only
Within walking distance of the Libraries and the two nearest hotels (AC and Holiday Inn). Here are the closest restaurants that serve alcohol!
The Swamp Restaurant: a UF/Gainesville institution, reopening in a new location at the end of August
Piesanos: Italian restaurant connected to the Holiday Inn
AC Lounge: drinks and limited menu in the AC Hotel
The Social at Midtown: sports bar with full menu and rooftop seating
Restaurants that are further away from campus and would likely require transportation:
The Top: downtown restaurant beloved by the UF English Department
Dragonfly: a sushi and sake restaurant in downtown Gainesville
Liquid Ginger: a popular Asian restaurant in downtown Gainesville
Amelia’s: a downtown Italian restaurant
Harry’s Seafood Bar and Grille: a Southern chain with a restaurant downtown
Covey Kitchen and Cocktails: restaurant in the Hotel Eleo
Satchel’s Pizza: fun, very casual Gainesville hotspot