Directing this conference has been one of the most challenging administrative tasks I have been called on to execute. But the rewards are worth it. We accept the challenges of convening during a pandemic. We will enforce masking indoors at all events on the University of Louisville campus. But I am also aware that it is a time of decisions and it is heartening to see so many people eager to join us for our 49th conference. We have over 220 registrants. We have a great program. I look forward to greeting all attendees and to having a successful conference. Reach out to me if you have any concerns. I look forward to seeing you and to the discussions we will be having about art, literature, and life.