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LCSNA Spring 2019 Meeting – San Diego, California

March 8, 2019 - March 9, 2019

Scripps Cottage, San Diego State University
Scripps Cottage at San Diego State University
Download Agenda (PDF) The meeting is free and open to the public.


Friday, March 8: San Diego Central Library Saturday, March 9: San Diego State University, Scripps Cottage
  • See agenda for full schedule and more information.


There are not many hotels, restaurants, or sightseeing areas immediately around the University. We suggest that you look for a hotel or accommodations in the Gaslamp or downtown area to enjoy the best of San Diego and be about 20 minutes from the meeting at SDSU and/or the airport. This area is blocks/walking distance/short Uber ride to the San Diego Central Library where the Schaefer Reading and LCSNA Board Meeting will be held. A small number of rooms are reserved at the 4-Star Hotel Indigo, San Diego-Gaslamp Quarter, 509 Ninth Ave. at the rate of $179 per night [not including tax or parking ($49/night)]. The cutoff date for booking reservations at this rate is Tuesday, February 5.

If you have difficulties with the online form, call the hotel directly [619.727.4000] and refer to the Lewis Carroll Society of North America meeting or use the booking code LEW.

Meals and Registration

Box lunches will be available for purchase on site at the Saturday, March 9, meeting. The cost will be $20-25. Cash only. There are limited on-campus nearby choices for food. Coffee, water, tea will be available during registration, breaks, and at lunchtime.


If you will have items such as books and artwork that you wish to sell or give away at the meeting, please contact Linda Cassady at linda.cassady@gmail.com.


Interactive Map (including parking lots) Parking Information


The Edward Gorey Personal Library at San Diego State University library comprises 26,000 books collected by Edward St. John Gorey (1924–2000). An exhibit of Gorey’s Carroll materials will available for the LCSNA in the Scripps Cottage during the meeting. San Diego-based author Kathleen Krull has written more than seventy books, most of them biographical or historical and addressed to younger readers, in series such as “Giants of Science,” “Kids’ Guides to American History,” “Lives of ..,” “Women Who Broke the Rules,” and the like, including One Fun Day with Lewis Carroll: A Celebration of Wordplay and a Girl Named Alice (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018), illustrated by Spanish artist Júlia Sardà. Her books have won many awards, and Krull has won honors for her body of work, including the Children’s Book Guild of Washington, D.C., Nonfiction Award (2011) and the Leo Politi Golden Author Award (2006). Dr. Joseph Thomas is the director of the National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at SDSU. NYIT president emeritus Dr. Edward Guiliano is a renowned scholar of Victorian literature, and the author and editor of an ever expanding number of Carrollian books and articles. He is a founding member of the LCSNA. Guiliano is the recipient of two honorary degrees and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his personal accomplishments, social compassion, and outstanding contributions to American society. His newest book, Lewis Carroll: Worlds of His Alices, will be published by Edward Everett Root in April, 2019. Dr. Philip Serrato is a professor of English & Comparative Literature at SDSU. The full title of his talk is “Easy Being a Girl in Heteropatriarchy: On Female Coalition and Mentorship (or the Lack Thereof) in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses, and Gloria Anzaldúa’s Prietita and the Ghost Woman.Iain McCaig is a phenomenally creative storyteller and artist, having been principal character designer, concept artist, or art director for such major films as Star Wars (Episodes I, II, III, VI, VII, VIII, and Solo), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Charlotte’s Web, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Jungle Book, Avengers: Infinity War, Spiderman: Homecoming, and Doctor Strange. He is also a script writer, director, and author (e.g., Shadowline: The Art of Iain McCaig, Insight, 2008). The title of his presentation refers to his talk at our Fall 2007 meeting in Seattle, where he spoke about his work-in-progress, illustrating Alice, which he’d promised himself to finish by his 82nd birthday (2040). But a life-changing event changed his perspective and priorities, and he will now be completing it by the Looking-glass anniversary in 2022. Dr. Seth Mallios, San Diego State University anthropology professor and University History curator, will be leading a behind-the-scenes tour of previously lost campus murals from the 1930s, ‘40s, and ‘50s, culminating at the recently restored Alice in Wonderland mural in Hardy Tower. This striking 12′ by 6′ artwork, painted by Albert Joe Lewis in 1949, showcases Carroll’s characters in spectacular color. The mural was long thought to have been destroyed during a building renovation, but infrared photography revealed that it had merely been hidden beneath layers of white paint, and painstaking conservation efforts have brought it back to life. Unveiled in 2016 as part of a campus-wide celebration of the legacy of Alice in Wonderland, this mural speaks to Carroll’s lasting influence on young minds and the importance of fantasy and nonsensical fun following the horrors of global warfare.


March 8, 2019
March 9, 2019
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San Diego State University
San Diego, CA United States