Illinois Wesleyan's Alpha Eta Pi chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society, is proud to present it's sixth annual MUSE Undergraduate Literary Conference! Featuring student presenters from four schools throughout the midwest, panels on post-grad life, and keynote speaker Srikanth Reddy as well as a free pizza lunch. Come for one event or come for them all, this event is free and open to the public. Come and support your friends! Registration, Atrium (9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

Session I (9:3 0a.m. - 10:45 a.m.)
Room E103: Lessons from Literature, Lessons for Literature

Amy Fairgrieve, "Homogenizing the Alien: The Effect of Leading Questions on Alien Thoughts"
Brita Sandstrom, "How To Be Good: Children's Literature As Moral Education"
Genevieve Zachas, "Poetry of the Imagination"

Room E104: Rethinking the Classics

Brandon Dorn, "Language Made Strange in The Tempest"
Nicole Travis, "Wide Escapes from Death: Survival and Terror Management in Small World and The Tempest"
Laura Fittz, "The Literary Significance of Wine in The Odyssey"

Session II (11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.)
Room E103: Genius Loci: Spirit of the Place

Kristin Fields, "Godot Found in Post-Katrina New Orleans"
Heather Hunt, "Through the Fog: Sui Sin Far's Deconstruction of Literary San Fransisco"
Emily Kolesar, "Indira Gandhi's Emergency: The History is in the Eye of the Penholder"

Room E104: Construction of Character

Alexandra Iorio, "Shadowy Evolution: Stella's Idealized Presence in Astrophil and Stella"
Casimir Frankiewicz, "The Paradoxical Interdependence of Duality in Song of Solomon"
Roscoe Brown, "The Best Man in His World and Good Enough a Man for Any World: Chandler's Noir Hero"
Amy Bannon, "Man's Construction of Female Nonexistence: Un-silencing the Power of Women in Le Roman de Silence"

Lunch, E103: (12:15-1:00p.m.)

Free Pizza!

Keynote Address, C101 (1:00 p.m. -2:15 p.m.)

Srikanth Reddy, "Writing and Erasure: Notes on Voyager"
Reddy, an assistant professor of English at the University of Chicago, received his master's degree from the Iowa Writer's Workshop and his Ph.D. from Harvard. He has been featured in a number of publications such as the Chicago Tribune and American Literature, working primarily in the field of poetry and poetics. "I am particularly interested in the intersection of critical and creative practice and the institutional history that has come to segregate these endeavors," said Reddy, who teaches creative writing workshops and literature seminars. In the spring of 2011, University of California Press will release Reddy's next book of poetry, Voyager, which he will discuss at the conference.

Panel Presentations (2:30 p.m. -3:30 p.m.)

Room E108: Teaching English
Panelists: Joel Brigham, Nicki Mackinson, Kate Pavlow, Katie Utesch

Room E106: Graduate School in English
Panelists: Anna Deters, Steve Halle, Emily Kingery, Molly McLay

Room E105: Professions
Panelists: Katie Coleman, Cathy Gilbert, Karin McDowell

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