2013 Annual Conference – Program


Thursday, October 10
Preconference Workshop
8:00        Buffet Breakfast
9:00        Romancing the Capstone: Models for Success
10:30       Program Assessment: How Are We Doing?
11:30        Emerging Trends: International Students
12:15        Lunch
2:00         Social Media: A How-to Session on Fre(e)-marketing
3:45          Certificates: Broadening Your Market Appeal

Evening – Opening Reception with Featured Speaker Stuart Dybek
6:00 pm        Reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres (cash bar)
6:45 pm        Welcome
7:00 pm        Featured speaker Stuart Dybek

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Friday, October 11
8:00         Buffet Breakfast
9:00         Featured speaker Dale Asis
10:30        Concurrent Sessions I

Noon        Lunch on your own

1:30         Concurrent Sessions II
3:15         Concurrent Sessions III

6:30        Conference Banquet
Annual Faculty Award and Confluence Awards
Ghanaian High Life Music Performance

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Saturday, October 12
8:00        Buffet Breakfast
9:00        Annual Business Meeting
10:30       Concurrent Sessions IV

Noon        Conference adjourns

Afternoon – Optional Excursion
1:00 – 4:00     Guided bus and walking tour of Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood (Stuart Dybek’s boyhood neighborhood)
Enjoy the vibrant street culture of Pilsen as we learn about its immigrant history, architecture, extensive murals, foods, and changing demographics.



Stuart Dybek
We are pleased to announce that Stuart Dybek will be the keynote speaker at our opening reception on Thursday, October 10. He will read from The Coast of Chicago, a collection of stories about his growing up in the Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago, during the late 40s and 50s when it was a largely Eastern European neighborhood, shifting to Hispanic. A Q&A period will follow.

Stuart Dybek is the author of three books of fiction, Childhood and Other Neighborhoods, The Coast of Chicago, and I Sailed with Magellan. He has also published two volumes of poetry, Brass Knuckles and Streets In Their Own Ink. His work is widely anthologized and regularly appears in publications such as The New Yorker, Harpers, The Atlantic, Tin House, Granta, Ploughshares, Poetry, and The Paris Review. His fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have been translated into French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Polish, Czech, Dutch, Italian, and Arabic.

Dybek is the recipient of many literary awards and honors, including the PEN/Bernard Malamud Prize for “distinguished achievement in the short story,” a Lannan Award, the Academy Institute Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writer’s Award, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and four O’Henry Prizes. His work has appeared in Best American Poetry and in Best American Fiction. In 2007, he was awarded both a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant and the Rea Award for the Short Story.

Dybek currently teaches at Northwestern University where he is Distinguished Writer in Residence, is professor emeritus at Western Michigan University and a permanent faculty member of The Prague Summer Writing Program. He has been a visiting professor at Princeton, the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop, the University of California at Irvine, the University of Chicago, and the Warren Wilson MFA Program. Two new collections of fiction are under contract and scheduled to be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in April, 2014.

Dale Asis
In 1998, Dale Asis cofounded the Coalition of African, Arab, Asian, European, Latino Immigrants of Illinois (CAAAELII), one of the largest immigrant led coalitions in the country. He has a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and in 2001 received a Ford Foundation Leadership Award. A year long fellowship from the Chicago Community Trust in 2007 enabled him to study extensively the problem of sustainable giving and diaspora populations.

He recently toured the Philippines visiting medical missions. During his fellowship, he traveled to his mother’s native village in Bicol, Philippines, where he confronted the poverty of his distant relatives, many of whom wanted to join him back in Chicago. He saw the connection between their desperation and the overwhelming number of immigrants who feel they must migrate to seek a better life. It was a turning point: He decided to address the root cause of migration by leveraging the financial and technical potential of the growing Filipino diaspora to improve the economic situation in the Philippines in substantive and sustainable ways.

In 2013, Dale is back running the Coalition of African, Arab, Asian, European and Latino Immigrants of Illinois (CAAAELII). He also teaches at the Loyola University of Chicago Graduate School of Social Work.