The Rod Serling Conference
September 9-10, 2011 • Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York
Proposals Due: April 1, 2011
“The Rod Serling Conference,” an interdisciplinary academic conference dedicated to the lasting works of Rod Serling, is set for Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10, 2011, at the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. The College, where Serling taught from 1967 through 1975, is also home to the Rod Serling Archives. The archives include an extensive collection of television scripts, film screenplays, stage play scripts, films, unpublished works by Rod Serling, and other materials vital to scholarships associated with the author and television pioneer.
The biennial conference offers research and anecdotes about Rod Serling and an opportunity to view some of the classics of early television. This will be the fourth conference dedicated to the celebration and study of the work of Rod Serling. The last conference was held on a special date in October of 2009, focused on “Celebrating 50 Years of the Twilight Zone” on the anniversary of the show’s first airing. In March 2008, the College presented “The Life and Legacy of Rod Serling,” and in April of 2006, the well-received “Submitted for Your Approval.”
Come and explore that unique “dimension of imagination” that was the creative work, teaching, and public conscience of Rod Serling. Multi-media presentations, panels, guided discussion groups, and other unique conference proposals for the 2011 conference are welcomed. Suggested themes are included here.
Submissions should include:
• Abstract (not to exceed 250 words)
• A/V needs
• Short biography of presenter(s) with daytime phone number, preferred mailing address, and e-mail address
Submit to the Rod Serling Conference Committee at email@example.com, no later than April 1, 2011.
For additional background and information, visit http://www.ithaca.edu/rhp/serling/