The symposium was planned and organized by five faculty members of the English Department at UNT: Gabriel Cervantes, Kevin Curran, Dahlia Porter, Ryan Skinnell, and Kelly Wisecup. Funding for the event is provided by the Andrew Mellon Fellowship in Critical Bibliography, the UNT English Department, History Department, College of Arts and Sciences, and Honors College.

The symposium is designed to complement an exhibit in UNT’s Special Collections Reading Room, “Bureaucracy: A Love Story.” The exhibit was guest curated by Professors Gabriel Cervantes, Dahlia Porter, Ryan Skinnell, and Kelly Wisecup, and it incorporates work by students in Dr. Porter’s Fall 2014 graduate seminar, English 5730: Methods of Historical Research, and Dr. Skinnell's Fall 2014 upper-level undergraduate seminar, English 4230: Institutional Rhetorics. You can visit the physical exhibit on the 4th floor of Willis library, room 447, until May 8, 2015. The digital exhibit can be viewed at:

Thursday, April 2

4-5 PM
Opening remarks, Dahlia Porter and Ryan Skinnell
Martin Halbert, Dean of the Libraries, University of North Texas

5 PM-7 PM Public reception for Special Collections Exhibit, “Bureaucracy: A Love Story,” all are welcome

Friday, April 3

8:30 AM Opening Remarks, symposium organizers

9:00-10:30 AM Symposia 1
Tim Cassedy, Southern Methodist University, “At Home in the Dictionary”
Ron Brooks, Oklahoma State University, “Rhetoric, University Bureaucracy, and the Removal of So-Called Subversives in the Early Cold War Era”

10:30 AM to 10:45 AM Coffee break

10:45 AM-12:15 PM Keynote 1, Eric Wertheimer and Mark Tebeau, Arizona State University (

12:15-1:30 PM Lunch (Honors students will be invited to attend the lunch and talk with the speakers)

1:45-3:15 PM Symposia 2
Casey Boyle, University of Texas-Austin, “The Complete History of Parlin Hall (Abridged Version)”
Kelly Wisecup, University of North Texas, “Lists in Motion”

3:15-3:30 PM Coffee break

3:30-4:30 PM Keynote 2, James Delbourgo, Rutgers University, “Curious Paperwork: Hans Sloane Catalogues the World”

4:45-5:30 PM Concluding Discussion, all participants


Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 4:00pm to Friday, April 3, 2015 - 5:30pm


Willis Library
The Forum