By now you should have received an email indicating your participation in the CUFA 2018 program. Educators at all levels submitted over 230 proposals for consideration with significant variety in both topic and method. Due to the inherently competitive nature of presenting at scholarly conferences, we unfortunately cannot accept every proposal.
However, as CUFA has grown over recent years, there are a variety of ways to intellectually contribute to the discourse and dialogue on social studies education. If you are a graduate student, I strongly encourage you to submit your proposal for consideration with the CUFA Graduate Forum by June 8th. You can submit your proposal using the following link https://goo.gl/eheLNL or find out more information by visiting the CUFA Grad Forum Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/groups/44954388573/.
There is still time to sign-up as a discussant or session chair. Please visit http://cufa2018.socialstudies.org/openconf.php, click the "Sign Up to be a Reviewer" button, enter your information into the system, and click "yes" under the discussant or chair indicators. If you are already signed up as a reviewer, then simply sign into the system and change your indicator to "yes" if you are interested in becoming a discussant/chair but did not initially do so. The final deadline to sign-up as a chair and/or discussant is Friday, June 15th, at 11:59pm Pacific Time.
I am still working out details for the Java Networks, but the focus for this year's Java Networks aligns with the conference theme, Expanding the Intellectual Contours of Social Studies Education in Troubling Times. Returning to the original format of the Java Networks, I am encouraging scholars to volunteer to lead literature-based discussions that will transform, shift, or disrupt our thinking about social studies theory, research, and practice. Ideally, the literature will draw from disciplines beyond education (e.g., philosophy, sociology, ethnic studies, area studies, etc.). Java Networks will take place during our Thursday lunch session, but will be held at a location off-site as determined by the network's participants. A GoogleDoc sign-up sheet will be created and distributed soon. However, if you would like to immediately sign-up to lead a Java Network literature lunch, please email CUFAConference2018@gmail.com with your name, contact information, the name of your book which will serve as the title of your Java Network, and potential restaurant location.
I am excited to announce that Dr. David Stovall will serve as our opening keynote on Wednesday afternoon! Dr. Stovall is a well-respected scholar throughout academia regardless of field. His research focuses on Critical Race Theory, the relationship between housing and schooling, and the intersection of race, place, and school. Please consider arriving to Chicago by Wednesday morning to support our graduate students and attend our opening keynote.
There are other exciting endeavors in the works for what I hope will be an intellectually stimulating conference for all attendees. Please check out https://cufa2018.wordpress.com/ for updates to the conference and use the hashtag #CUFA18 for your social media postings. As always if you have any questions, please email me at your convenience.
Chris Busey, Ph.D.
2018 CUFA Program Chair
Assistant Professor-University of Florida