40.0 On Public Address
The 10th biennial public address conference was held at UW-Madison this weekend.
The PAC is unique because it is not sponsored by a scholarly society or a single institution. Instead, it appears every other year at a volunteer institution; it exists because its persistent quality inspires schools to want to host it.
And it is a quality conference. All papers are delivered in plenary. Each is upwards of a half an hour long, followed by an extensive and incisive response (usually as good as the paper), and 20 minutes to discuss.
I'll post more on this conference later. I am at Mom's now, getting the house set up for her convalescence.