This was sent to us by one of our readers in academia:

“I invite papers for a panel to be held at the fifteenth annual Cultural Studies Conference at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, March 9-11. Papers can be on a wide variety of topics related to the conference theme of privacy and secrecy and the public sphere. Papers on specific instances are welcomed, and papers considering a variety of issues and concerns: tabloidization and the neutralization of the political; the personal as political; hypocritical Puritanism; the defense by offense; vast right wing conspiracies; ‘outing’ as a political tactic; scandal amnesia; ‘spin’ and tactical framing; true evil beneath the compassionate, Christian front; why nothing makes a difference; left tactics and despair; the politics of denial and shame; business secrecy vs. personal secrecy; liberal vs. conservative secret lives; sexual dysfunction in conservatives; Laura Bush’s private life; scholarly muckraking and shockjocking. Send brief, 200 word  abstracts by email, not attachment, to Don Hedrick, along with a very brief bio, to Don Hedrick, Department of English, Kansas State University, at [email protected], by October 24. Inquiries welcome. Don Hedrick”

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got an inquiry for Prof. Hedricks: Do the taxpayers of the state of Kansas know that they’re footing the bill for a four-day festival of anti-Bush, anti-conservative, anti-Christian propaganda?