Aviva FreedmanWelcome to Carleton

Dear Participants in the Genre 2012: Rethinking Genre 20 Years Later Conference,

It is both a pleasure and a privilege to welcome you to Carleton University.  Our beautiful campus is a fitting site for brilliant discourse and thoughtful discussion.  While you bring together three major traditions in Genre Studies, at Carleton we bring together three key elements for scholarly success:  brilliant faculty and students from around the world, unique programs which are borne of interdisciplinary insights, and a setting which links a peaceful environment with stimulating opportunities for community outreach.

Two decades ago you began a dialogue which inspired new directions for research and new understanding of text and discourse, communication and comprehension, language and meaning, linguistics and languages.  Today I wish you success as you review the work which has stemmed from those juxtapositions and chart new directions for future scholarship.

As Carleton University celebrates its seventieth year, we are eager to encounter new ideas and approaches, to identify new interpretations of ancient truths, and to create new ways of knowing and knowledge systems.  Thank you for joining us in our reflections.  May your conference be successful and your stay inspiring.

Sincerely yours,

Roseann O’Reilly Runte
President and Vice-Chancellor
Carleton University