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Making Waves at City Hall

posted: 3.13.09 by archived

by Kimberly White, Editor

The Bedford/St. Martin’s party has become a tradition at the CCCC’s conference. Every year the event is held offsite at a location that is significant to the local community. In 2007 it took place at New York’s historic “Tavern on the Green” restaurant. Last year it was held in the New Orleans Aquarium. This year Bedford hosted the event at San Francisco’s City Hall—a location in keeping with the conference theme “Making Waves.”

Significant wave-making events have taken place in City Hall. Including the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings and subsequent protests, and Harvey Milk’s assassination in 1978. More recently, City Hall served as the site for some of the nation’s first same-sex marriages, and later as the site for protests against Proposition 8.

But as I strolled through the great hall, it was the beauty, not the history, of the site that provoked thoughts about what making waves really means. Standing under the rotunda, I remembered Charles Bazerman’s inspired opening address to the conference. He spoke about the incredible power of writing to coordinate complex societies, to move the human spirit, to connect us with our past, and to lay the foundation for our future. He reminded us that teachers of writing have an important mission; they are responsible for passing this sacred art on to the next generation. With that in mind, the grand rotunda seemed an even more apt place to celebrate the commitment, passion, and monumental contribution writing instructors will make to our society today, and for generations to come.

Thank you for your service. We at Bedford/St. Martin’s salute you!


The grand staircase.

The rotunda
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Kimberly White is a new media editor at Bedford/St. Martin’s. She works on multimedia tutorials, online games, book companion sites, e-books, and other digital learning tools. She is the editor of the “Bits” and “High School Bits” blogs.

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