Annual Meeting

2020 General Information

The 114th Annual Meeting that was to be held at Trinity College in Hartford, CT on 13-14 March 2020 has been CANCELLED.



To the CANE Membership:

After consulting with the other officers today, I have made the necessary, if regrettable, decision to cancel the CANE Annual Meeting scheduled for next weekend, 13-14 March, 2020. As states close to our region and from which presenters hail, including New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland, begin to declare a state of emergency, we have taken stock of the situation with regard to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the public health implications of large gatherings, and the ways that institutions are deciding to handle it. For the protection of everyone involved in this conference, our best course of action is to take a path that may be merely prudent today, but will likely become unavoidable by the end of the week. By choosing to take this action now, we hope to give attendees more time to adjust to this likely outcome.

Action become necessary when our host institution, Trinity College in Hartford, CT, on Friday afternoon adopted a policy that would make it difficult for us to go forward with the meeting. According to Trinity’s policy, “Visitors who have been in a CDC Warning Level 3 area within the past 14 days are not permitted on campus at this time. Likewise, visitors who have been in a U.S. location in the past 14 days where a state of emergency or public health emergency has been declared due to COVID-19 are not permitted on campus at this time.” (See for the policy in its entirety.)

That means that anyone who has been in any one of several states from which our presenters and attendees are coming would not be able to attend; the states include our neighbors in New York, a significant presence in this year’s program. No New England states have declared emergencies to date, but the number of cases in, for instance, Massachusetts is growing and such a declaration would be devastating to the meeting this year. More than half of our membership (including the President and President-Elect!) would not be allowed to come to the place where we would be meeting. While Trinity’s stance may have forced this decision upon us, for our fellow members in the groups most susceptible to the worst effects of the virus—the elderly and the immunocompromised—we agree that this decision is the right course under bad circumstances.

CANE’s Executive Committee will meet in the coming week to decide on how to proceed from here. We will be working on refunding registration fees. We are also actively exploring the possibility of being able to organize a substitute meeting or meetings in the late spring or early summer to allow scholars and teachers to present their research and pedagogical workshops. If such a meeting seems feasible, the changes proposed to the CANE constitution will happen at that time.

Please accept my apologies and those of the CANE Executive Committee for this inconvenience. Believe me, it is not something I or any of us want to do. But we believe it to be the right thing to do.

Ex corde,

John Higgins

President, CANE

St Patrick’s Day information

When we started planning this conference, Hartford had announced that the St Patrick’s Day celebration would be March 8. Those plans have changed: now the parade will be the weekend of the conference.

Here’s the parade website, and the page with the route. Please plan accordingly:

Dietary announcement

Trinity College’s catering service, Chartwells, is preparing to meet the various dietary requests that conference attendees noted on their registration forms. Attendees who keep kosher may eat from the Mather Hall kosher kitchen for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you have a dietary need, please feel free to approach a Chartwells employee for advice on which dishes suit your need. 


***IMPORTANT*** Please note that you must be a member of CANE in order to be eligible to register for our Annual Meeting. If you are NOT yet a member of CANE, please click JOIN to be directed to the CANE membership registration page. Once you receive notification from CANE, you will then be able to register for the Annual Meeting.

If you are a member, please proceed with the registration process:

Online Registration (preferred, for those paying by credit card.)

Mail-in Registration (for those paying by check.)


Program (Final program, updated 2/18)


Trinity College is a member of the eduroam wireless service. Visitors to the college who come from an institution that is an eduroam member may connect to the eduroam network automatically. Instructions may be found at:

All other visitors may connect to the TrinGuest network. Click on your device’s internet access icon to pull up the list of available wireless networks, then choose “TrinGuest”. You will be directed to a registration page. Upon registration, you will be emailed and/or texted a username and password, which will work for 5 days. You may connect up to 10 devices on the TrinGuest network.

Parking and Transportation Information

For information about getting to and from Trinity College by plane, bus, train, or car, please visit:

Both Uber and Lyft operate in Hartford. Lyft estimates a $9-$12 fare between the Candlewood Suites and Trinity’s campus, and an $8-$10 fare between the Best Western and Trinity’s campus.

Parking will be available on the Trinity campus; a campus map is available here with parking information.

Attendees are encouraged to carpool

There is also limited parking available on the city streets surrounding the campus, including on Zion Street.

Hotels and Lodging

For your convenience, we have listed a number of hotels in close proximity to Trinity College. When calling to make your reservation, please mention Trinity College in order to receive a discounted rate. Please call the hotel’s phone number to make your reservation.

HotelsLocationTelephoneConference RateAmenitiesDeadline for Rate
Best Western185 Brainard Rd Hartford, CT5.5 miles from Trinity860-525-1000$104.00 per nightfree WiFi, Fitness center, indoor whirlpoolFebruary 24, 2020
Candlewood Suites370 Market Street Hartford, CT860-724-1070$129.00 per nightfull kitchen, 24 hour fitness center, complimentary laundry, indoor pool open 7 am-10 pm, small convenience store on siteFebruary 24, 2020

Digital Resources

You can submit materials from your workshop or paper presentation here for participants to see and use. Be sure to read the “How-To” to make sure you share your materials correctly.

See our archive of past resources at our Links and Resources page.


CANE accepts proposals for papers and workshops at the Annual Meeting. The submission window is typically during the fall of the year before the Meeting. The proposal window for the 2020 CANE Annual Meeting has closed.

Please send a one-page abstract (about 300 words) for all papers and workshops. Remember that individual papers are limited to a 15-minute delivery time and workshops must not exceed a one-hour window. Guidelines for submission are available below.

First Time Attendees!

The Finnegan-Plante scholarship will grant $150 to first time attendees who are members of CANE and whose schools do not cover their costs.


If you are a vendor interested in purchasing a table at the Annual Meeting, please contact the President Elect at presidentelect at caneweb dot org. Tables are $50.