CEA 2020: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina


March 16, 2020

CEA announces, with real regret, that our 2020 conference in Hilton Head Island is now canceled.

Events transpiring over the last few days, most pertinently the recommendation from the national Center for Disease Control that organizers cancel or postpone in-person events of 50 people or more throughout the United States, caused the Hilton Head Island Marriott Resort and Spa to notify CEA that of our contract with them is terminated without liability and without cancellation charges.

CEA wishes to thank all those who volunteered their time and labor to create this conference. No one deserves appreciation more than Lee Anna Maynard, our CEA 2020 program chair and First Vice-President.

Finally, CEA thanks our extraordinary members for their support and patience at this challenging time.  We all turn to the challenges facing CEA members, our nation, and the world to do all we can to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  If you were scheduled to present or moderate at CEA 2020, we encourage you to include that on your CV and annual professional engagement report while noting that the conference itself was cancelled.

CEA wishes you continued good health, a measure of peace, and the courage—Hemingway’s “grace under pressure”—needed for the coming days and months.

To access our database management system (where your user account is found along with your  original proposal and registration information), go to:


Conference Theme: Tides

51st Annual Conference | March 26-28

Hilton Head Marriott Resort and SpaA ship floats over a relatively large green wave in an impressionistic painting by Claude Monet, while a poem about tides by Tennyson appears beside the painting.


March 8, 2020

CEA is monitoring developments with the health and well-being of our participants in mind.  Yesterday, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported that two cases of the COVID-19 norovirus were confirmed in Charleston.

As the situation continues to develop with more cases likely becoming documented, participants should determine for themselves whether to continue with their plans to attend the conference. Accordingly, for participants who choose to withdraw, CEA will waive its policy of no refunds within 30 days of the conference and return what participants paid for registration as well as for any tickets to attend various receptions, minus a modest processing fee.

Should you choose to withdraw, please let us know as soon as possible through our gmail account so that we may adjust the program accordingly and initiate the refund process.

March 2, 2020
     As our annual conference approaches, the College English Association has begun closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak within the United States (as we have very few international participants).
     Public health officials on the island are posting updates about the virus at the following website: https://www.hiltonheadislandsc.gov/publicsafety/coronavirus/.  Those wishing to learn more about COVID-19 may do so through the Center for Disease Control’s government website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html.

     Based on the data available thus far, we plan on holding the conference as scheduled.  We will update you as needed in the coming weeks. Thank you for your patience at this challenging time and, most importantly, your continued support of CEA.

Have Questions  regarding the canceled conference?

Please contact Lee Anna Maynard at cea.english@gmail.com (please put “Program Chair” in the Subject line).


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