[illustration: Shriner liquor bottle with screw-off fez that serves as a shot glass, Moolah Lounge, Saint Louis; photo by Mike Smith]
by J J Cohen
It ended with a bang (a graduate student panel that indicated medieval studies' bright future) and a whimper (a small communal awwww that the event had to come to its end). I commend Eileen Joy, the local organizers (faculty and graduate students alike), Saint Louis University, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Washington University, and every single conference participant for making SEMA one of the best confabs I've attended.
And now, after a week spent away, it is time to return home.