Views from the Center
First Edition   ©2006

Views from the Center

The CCCC Chairs' Addresses, 1977-2005

Duane Roen (Arizona State University)

  • ISBN-10: 0-312-43813-3; ISBN-13: 978-0-312-43813-5; Format: Paper Text, 540 pages

A collection of the formal addresses by the chairs of the Conference on College Composition and Communication from 1977, the year of the first formal address, to 2005. An introduction provides an overview of the addresses, the organization, and the field, and a reflection by the chair, or a colleague or former student, accompanies each address.

"I don’t want to see the view from the center to be the view along a political line, but rather the view from the middle of the universe. We are the ones at the center who reach to all other disciplines and to all other people. We synthesize knowledge and unite people. By our force, we draw the wisdom of other disciplines and in making it ours, transform it by combining it in new ways. The instrument of language which we play soothes the savage breast, opens the secret places, and weds the separate selves. And it is the common property of all faithful people. That’s why I want to speak of the view from the center."

-- from Richard Lloyd-Jones’s "A View from the Center," the first CCCC Chair’s Address