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ONLY 48 HOURS LEFT

The deadline for sending a proposal for NEPCA’s fall conference is midnight on June 1. Please send your proposals now as NEPCA will only solicit papers to round out existing panels after the deadline passes. All details for applying can be found on the tab above marked 2018 Conference.

LAST MONTH TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS

Proposals for NEPCA’s annual conference are due June 1. Please submit your proposals ASAP. NEPCA staff know this is a busy time, but NEPCA needs to meet in June to assemble the conference and begin doing to scores of tasks necessary for conducting a successful conference.

One click on the 2018 Conference tab will take you to a page with all needed information. Submit now and let all your colleagues know!

PCA Governing Board Election Results

Results of the 2018 PCA Governing Board Election

Vice President for Area Chairs and Programming: David Silverman
Vice President for Awards: Sue Matheson

Governing Board Members At Large:
Brenda Boudreau
Ashley Donnelly
Elizabeth Downey
Helen Lewis

Pat Thomas Book Tour

Author Pat Thomas Book Tour Continues in Support of 
Did It! Jerry Rubin: An American Revolutionary Heading to East Coast and Midwest This Month and Next
 
Book tour including stops in New York City with Paul Krassner (editor of The Realist) and Chicago with Bill Ayers (controversial leader of the Weather Underground) & Nancy Kurshan(co-founder of the Yippies).
 
LOS ANGELES, CA (WEDNESDAY MARCH 7, 2018) 2018 is the 50th Anniversary of the 1968 political riots (led by Jerry Rubin & the Yippies) at the Chicago Democratic Convention. That same week in August saw the release of the Beatles single “Revolution” and the Rolling Stones ’45 “Street Fighting Man” – the perfect protest soundtrack.
In Pat Thomas’ new oral and visual history of Jerry Rubin and the Yippies Did It! Jerry Rubin: An American Revolutionary published by Fantagraphics Books – he interviews 75 radicals and activists, including dozens of women telling their stories for the first time ever. Along the way, from the personal journals of Rubin are interactions with Bob Dylan, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Allen Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, Tim Leary, Phil Ochs, Eldridge Cleaver and of course his comrade Abbie Hoffman. Their relationship was much more complex than previous books have examined.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ‘68 political riots and the publication of Did It, Pat Thomas and guests have secured multiple live book events that will feature vintage recordings of Rubin speaking during his 1968-1972 prime.  Come and see why in 2018’s political climate, this is all still relevant.
“America hasn’t lost its way, just its sense of humor and the sound of Jerry Rubin’s laughter, as captured in Pat Thomas’ excellent book. Thomas’s writing combines a true fan’s enthusiasm and curiosity with an aficionado’s deep knowledge of music, politics and pop culture, not to mention the kind of intellectual’s wiseass skepticism that would have made Lester Bangs a kindred spirit.”
—Rex Weiner, author of The Woodstock Census and The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
Saturday March 24th (4 to 5:30 pm)
Special guest: Paul Krassner (Yippie and editor of The Realist)
Unoppressive Non-imperialist Bargain Books
34 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014
Monday March 26th   (7 pm)
Wesleyan R. J. Julia Bookstore
Tuesday March 27th (6 pm)
The Institute Library
Saturday March 31st   (3 to 4:30 pm)
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
Special guests: Bill Ayers (Weather Underground) & Nancy Kurshan (Yippie) 
Tuesday April 3rd   (7 pm)
 Bookbound Bookstore
Wednesday April 4th   (6 pm)
The Book Beat Bookstore
Thursday  April 5th  (6 pm)
Last Exit Books
Friday April 6th    (7 pm)
Burning Books
“In Did It!’s outstanding chapter on Yippie Nancy Kurshan, Pat Thomas gives an insider’s view of a life committed to the movement, as if he were there, with an uncanny understanding of a woman’s subordinate position during the ’60s revolution in which feminism emerged as one of the defining issues of the decade; he also gives us a timeline of what happened when, and how it all fit together, whether it was Jerry and Abbie strategizing with John & Yoko or trying to get Dylan involved in a tour for the cause; read this if you want to know what it was like to be there, then put Thomas’ unusual document in an honored position in your library next to David Harris’ Dreams Die Hard and The Murder of Fred Hampton.”
— Ronee Blakely, singer/songwriter: Rolling Thunder Revue and actress: Nashville
For more information, pick up your phone and dial: 510 407 0095 or email: normalsf@earthlink.net and ask for Pat Thomas

PCA Nominations

Reminder: The PCA nominations committee extends its call for nominations for the 2018 PCA Elections.
Nominations are solicited for six elected positions in the PCA/ACA:
  1. Vice President for Awards
  2. Vice President for Area Chairs
  3. At-Large Member of the Governing Board
  4. At-Large Member of the Governing Board
  5. At-Large Member of the Governing Board
  6. At-Large Member of the Governing Board
Position #1: Vice President for Awards
Seeking nominations for a Vice President for Awards. Candidates must demonstrate a strong interest in:
  1. Structuring, defining, posting on the website, and supervising all PCA literary and film awards;
  2. Superintending all service and journal awards;
  3. Recruiting individuals to assist in this process;
  4. Producing all PCA awards with the oversight and approval of the Treasurer, making them available at the various conference;
  5. Offering advice to the President and the Governing Board on issues related to the awards.
Candidates must possess experience with the PCA, including having been a member of the PCA for four of the previous seven years.

Position #2: Vice President for Programming and Area Chairs
Seeking nominations for a Vice President of Curriculum & Instruction. Candidates must demonstrate a strong interest in:

  1. Managing the process of choosing, replacing, recruiting, and supporting of Area Chairs;
  2. Maintaining clear and succinct communication with Area Chairs as well as fostering communication among the Area Chairs, President, Governing Board, and Executive Director;
  3. Ensuring the quality of papers and presentations given at the annual conference;
  4. Offering advice to the President and the Governing Board on issues related to the Area Chairs.
Candidates must possess experience with the PCA, including having been a member of the PCA for four of the previous seven years.
Position #3: At-Large Member, Governing Board 
Seeking nominations for an At-Large Governing Board Member. Candidates must demonstrate a robust willingness to serve the organization, as well as possess significant experience within the PCA/ACA, including having been a member for four of the last seven years.

Position #4: At-Large Member, Governing Board 
Seeking nominations for an At-Large Governing Board Member. Candidates must demonstrate a robust willingness to serve the organization, as well as possess significant experience within the PCA/ACA, including having been a member for four of the last seven years.

Position #5: At-Large Member, Governing Board 
Seeking nominations for an At-Large Governing Board Member. Candidates must demonstrate a robust willingness to serve the organization, as well as possess significant experience within the PCA/ACA, including having been a member for four of the last seven years.

Position #6: At-Large Member, Governing Board 
Seeking nominations for an At-Large Governing Board Member. Candidates must demonstrate a robust willingness to serve the organization, as well as possess significant experience within the PCA/ACA, including having been a member for four of the last seven years.

Nominations and self-nominations should be submitted through the PCA website here:

Weir Publishes on Madame Sherri

Rob Weir, Executive Secretary for NEPCA, has just published an article in Magazine Americana on New Hampshire eccentric Antoinette Sheri. It evolved from a paper he gave at NEPCA in 2016.

Here is the URL: http://www.americanpopularculture.com/style.htm

NEPCA Seeking Area Chairs

NEPCA currently has openings for three area chairs:

  • Crime in Fact and Fiction (reworked area)
  • Celebrity and Fan Studies
  • Media Literacy (new area)

If interested in chairing one of these, please contact Executive Secretary Rob Weir ASAP: weir.r@comcast.net

Chairs must be NEPCA members (which you are if you have paid dues or attended the 2017 conference). In the interest of involving as many as possible, first priority will be given to those who have not served NEPCA in the past, but all are welcome to apply. A detailed job description will be emailed to any who express interest.

Thanks in advance for keeping NEPCA a vital and growing organization.