I got into town late Thursday, too late to take part in any sessions (or hit up registration, for that matter, to pick up my conference programs), so Friday was my first day of the conference. I had some grand plans that involved hitting up five sessions, but like many grand plans, that didn't quite work out the way I'd hoped.
Registration opened at 8 a.m., just as the first sessions of the day were starting. I got the hanging neck thing for my badge, but apparently there were no more conference programs because of a run of late registrations, so I had to do without, which was rather annoying. And because registration opened right when the first sessions were starting, I missed the first 10 minutes or so of the first session I'd planned to attend ("Only Connect: Strategies for Engaging Reluctant, Under-prepared, and Inattentive Writers"). I hate missing opening remarks, because I don't know who's talking about what, so I left after about 20 minutes.
I did make it to "Toward a Sustainable Curriculum: Teaching FYC [First Year Composition] at the Community College Level with a Focus on Food Politics Consumption, and the Environment to Promote Critical Literacy," which was led by faculty of College of the Redwoods. Lesley Manousas spoke of using semiotic analysis of fast food culture to promote critical literacy; Robyn Roberson questioned what environment had to do with food; and Shannon Monder discussed how to nurture critical literacy by exploring the rhetoric of food politics and food security.
The next session didn't happen - no one showed up - so I hung out and relaxed in my hotel room for a couple hours to recover from a late night / early morning. I made it to "Sustainability, Food Justice, and Biocentric Rhetoric," although Anne Rosenthal of Oglethorpe University hadn't been able to make it, which was unfortunate - she was scheduled to speak about cultural rhetorics and the politics of food justice movements, which was my primary motivation of going to that session. However, Lonni Pearce of the University of Colorado at Boulder spoke about the rhetorics of sustainability and the politics of time, and Brian Cope of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania elaborated on his ideas of biocentric rhetoric.
And finally, I went to a very interesting session on Digital Literacy, in which Leslie Mackey of Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne discussed her experiences in defining design literacy and establishing textual meaning through spatial manipulation; Pearce Durst from the University of Montevallo explained his work with digital composition; and Leslie Bradshaw from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst had analyzed the digital subjectivities of successful food bloggers (which I found really interesting).