Thursday, June 14, 2007

And The Morning and the Evening were the first day.

Despite some bad weather on the east coast delaying more than a few flights, plenty of DSNA conference attendees were in Hyde Park on Wednesday to register, to take in the sights, and to attend the opening reception at the Oriental Institute.

Quite a few attendees also toured the nearby Robie House. Even the board meeting broke up in time for the board to go on the tour, as well.

Many thanks, already, to our incredibly efficient, friendly, and knowledgeable first-day volunteers, Rozenn, Kathleen, Jane, and Diana, and to the Oriental Institute for having us as their guests!

[Picture of a lamassu, above, in the Oriental Institute, from Princes Milady's Flickr stream.]

Also, if anyone is blogging this conference (besides me), if you can use the tag "dsna2007" for your posts and images, we'll be able to find them all later for the newsletter, etc.


Monday, June 11, 2007

The Banquet

The DSNA banquet will be held Saturday night; there are some conflicting times on various schedules (which is completely MY FAULT), but the final time is the reception beginning at 6, dinner at 7.

The silent auction will take place during the reception. So get your bids in fast!

The Quadrangle Club, the site of our banquet, is at 1155 E. 57th Street Chicago, IL 60637. We have a VERY FEW banquet tickets left; please email me if you would like one.

The menu is either roast loin of pork, baked fish, or a vegetarian option. There will be a card in your registration packet for you to indicate your choice. There will be a cash bar during the reception, but wine will be included with dinner.

[picture is inside of Quad Club; from the labrat's photostream.]


Robie House Tour

We have at least ten spaces left for the Robie House tour, so email me if you can make it!

Details: 3:45 at Robie House, corner of 58th St. and Woodlawn.

It'll last about an hour, leaving you plenty of time to check out the nearby Seminary Co-op Bookstore before the reception.


For those staying at the Ramada: a good-morning shuttle

Because the hotel is such a distance from the Oriental Institute, we've arranged for a shuttle to pick up attendees at the hotel each morning at 8 a.m. (so you can be in plenty of time for the first session and get a cup of coffee).

This service will be in place Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning. Look for the Omega Shuttle van out front.

Return service is not provided, although the hotel offers a shuttle service, picking up at 58th and Ellis Avenue, at 1:10, 3:10, and 5:10 p.m.

A taxi between the Ramada and the OI should be $6-7, plus tip.

Here is one link to walking directions (and here's another); it's about two miles and about 40 minutes to walk from the Ramada to the Oriental Institute. The first link gives directions to walk along the lakefront; walking through Hyde Park is quicker, and it's clear from the second map what route to take.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Getting to Hyde Park (the Dorms & the Ramada)

Probably the best way to get to Hyde Park from either airport is the Omega Shuttle. Omega shuttle fares are $17 from Midway, and $30 from O'Hare (a cab from O'Hare will be >$50, Midway >$20). There is a discount for two or more passengers to the same stop, but you should ask for it.

Here is the O'Hare schedule and boarding locations; this is the Midway schedule.

Omega Shuttle drops off in front of the Quadrangle Club, which is one block from the Max Palevsky dorm (walk west 1/2 block, then turn right immediately before the library (huge structure of concrete, can't miss it), and walk alongside the library. You'll pass a large purple entrance to the dorm, but please go to 56th Street to go in the main entrance, bright yellow with a big ramp (again ... missing it not easy). Check-in will be there.

The Omega shuttle will also stop at the Ramada.

NOTE: if you are returning to Midway from Hyde Park, you should call Omega (773-734-6688) 24 hours in advance to reserve your return trip.

You *can* take public transport from either airport to Hyde Park (it's easier from Midway). Use this trip planner to do so. Note: it will take a loooong time (several hours) to get to Hyde Park from O'Hare via CTA.

The address of Max Palevsky (if you're taking a cab) is 1101 East 56th Street Chicago, IL 60637.

The address of the Ramada Lake Shore is 4900 S Lakeshore Drive Chicago, IL, 60615.


Wednesday, June 06, 2007

The Silent Auction!

auction books

This year, thanks to the generosity of ScottForesman, we have a long list of great reference books to auction at the banquet Saturday night.

Here's the preliminary list:

The American Dictionary and Cyclopedia (1899)
Oxford Latin Dictionary (in fascicles) I-VIII
Oxford Latin Dictionary (in fascicles) I-II
A Dictionary of Americanisms 2 volumes
DARE vol 1 w/DJ
DARE vol 2 w/DJ
Listening To America w/DJ
Readings in Linguistics
An American Glossary (3 vol incl supplement)
Portraits of Linguists (2 vol)
Scots Dictionary
MED Part 0.1 fascicle
Revised Medieval Latin Word-List
MED in bound volumes through M.3, in fascicles from M.4
Jamaica Talk
Dictionary of Jamaica English
The Scottish National Dictionary (10 volumes)
Lexical Borrowing in the Romance Languages (2 vols)
English Dialect Dictionary (6 vols)
A Modern English Grammar (7 vols)
Century Dictionary (10 volumes)
The Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology
Indogermanisches Etymologisches W├Ârterbuch (2 vols)
A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the English Language (2 vol)
Oxford English Dictionary 2nd ed
Oxford English Dictionary 2nd ed (yep, two full sets!)
Greek-English Lexicon
Greek-English Lexicon Supplement
A Supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary (4 vol)
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
A Latin Dictionary
Funk and Wagnalls New Standard Dictionary of the English Language (1 vol)
A Dictionary of American English (4 vol)
The Universal Dictionary of the English Language
The New Century Dictionary (2 vol)
The New Century Dictionary (2 vol)
Vocabulary Change
The Stanford Dictionary of Anglicised Words and Phrases
A Concise Etymological Dictionary of Modern English
English Dialects
M-W 2nd International
Dictionary of Canadianisms
March's Thesaurus-Dictionary
IJL 3 (3); 7; 8; 9; 10 (1,2,4), 11 (2,3) 12 (3.4), 13 (2, 3)
Barnhart Dictionary Companion 1(4), 2, 3, 4, 5, 11, 12 (1,2,3)
Barnhart New Words Concordance
Names 15/2, 16/2, 17/1-2

Initial bids have not yet been set, but expect them to be CHEAP. We will have Fedex forms available so that you can arrange for shipping of your books home to you, or we can invoice you for book-rate USPS shipping, if you prefer.

We will only be exhibiting one volume each of the multivolume sets. All the sets are ex-lib (DICTIONARY DEPARTMENT marking on spines) but in good condition (The American Dictionary and Cyclopedia being an exception -- it's missing covers and is in sad disrepair).

If you have questions about individual volumes, please leave them in the comments, or email. I'll answer as soon as I can.

If you cannot attend the banquet but wish to bid, find yourself a proxy.

All proceeds will benefit the DSNA.

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