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CCCC 2020 and the Coronavirus

March 20, 2020

Update for CCCC and TYCA 2020 Presenters

Though we are all disappointed about our inability to meet face-to-face in Milwaukee, CCCC and TYCA conference planning leaders are working toward developing a mechanism for presenters at both Conventions to be able to fulfill some of the key goals of the meeting: to have scholarly conversations, to engage in and document our professional work, and to continue to grow as teachers and scholars. We are optimistic that we will soon be able to share with you opportunities for sharing your work online for CCCC and TYCA. This email provides you with a bit more information about how that will work.

Within the next few weeks, you will learn more about ways that you can post documents or links from your session (e.g., slides, documents, links to audio or video pieces), which can then be accessed publicly. Similarly, because some of the most important work we do involves the conversations we have with each other, we will be asking organizers and leaders of SIGs, Standing Groups, task forces, committees, and other smaller interactive constituent groups to share information about whether or how they would like to hold their meetings and invite CCCC and TYCA members to participate, including sharing to the #4C20 hashtag.

Thank you for your patience and generosity as we have worked to adjust to this new reality, and we are hopeful that we can find ways to sustain our shared work in the coming year.

Julie Lindquist, 2020 CCCC Program Chair
Joanne Giordano, 2020 TYCA Program Chair

March 12, 2020

2020 CCCC Annual Convention and TYCA Conference Cancelled

It is with extreme sadness that the CCCC Officers, on behalf of the full CCCC Executive Committee, announce that the 2020 CCCC Annual Convention has been cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 Convention, Considering Our Commonplaces, has been planned with focus, passion, and commitment to this academic community by CCCC 2020 Program Chair Julie Lindquist and her team of collaborators. A great number of people within our CCCC community have volunteered their time and labor to contribute ideas toward a vision for CCCC 2020, and have worked to realize that vision. We know that the Convention is a place for us all to share and develop important work, and cancelling the meeting is heartbreaking.

Expect additional guidance to be forthcoming for online options for disseminating work and handling constituent group business, as well as for how participants can document their participation in professional materials. Having made the difficult decision to cancel the Convention, we are now moving into the next phase of planning for what follows.

We ask for your patience as next steps proceed.

CCCC 2021 Program Chair Holly Hassel and Julie Lindquist have started conversation to plan an experience for 2021 that integrates the visions of both events and offers much of the special programming for 2020 (e.g., Documentarians, new on- and offsite discussion spaces, experiential learning sessions). We all thank you for the positive energy, ideas, and support you’ve already sent. These expressions of support and encouragement mean a lot.

Please be assured that we are offering full refunds for registration cancellations. Even so, we encourage you—if it is possible for you to do so—to consider donating your registration fees and/or renewing your CCCC membership in an effort to continue CCCC’s momentum at this challenging time, as well as to sustain our services and programs to members with the loss of income from the Convention. Registrants will receive a separate email within the next couple of days detailing how to request refunds or make donations. Questions may be sent to cccc2020@ncte.org.

Sincerely,
The CCCC Officers

March 10, 2020

The CCCC Officers as well as other leaders within the conference continue to watch the COVID-19 developments closely. It is clear that information and circumstances are changing and moving swiftly. The health and safety of attendees at CCCC 2020 continue to be of paramount importance.

The CCCC Officers met Monday evening and decided to call an urgent CCCC Executive Committee meeting this week to deliberate on the decision. A final decision on the 2020 CCCC Annual Convention will be issued by Friday, March 13, at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

Sincerely,
The CCCC Officers

March 3, 2020
The upcoming Conference on College Composition and Communication Annual Convention scheduled for March 25–28 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is currently scheduled to continue as planned.

Please be assured that the health, safety, and well-being of everyone involved with the upcoming event is of utmost importance to CCCC, a conference of NCTE. While the risk of contracting the coronavirus in the US is currently reported as low, we are monitoring the situation closely. We are following the analysis of health and disease prevention professionals, such as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and will continue to be in close communication with the Wisconsin Center. We have arranged for hand sanitizing stations to be placed throughout the convention center and will continue to seek precautionary measures recommended by health and disease prevention professionals.

All prospective attendees should make decisions regarding participation in the event at their own discretion. Attendees may request a registration refund up until the first day of the Convention with only a $25 processing fee.

We will issue periodic updates as necessary. Updates will be posted to this webpage.

The CCCC Officers

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