Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC) English Majors Conference


Five English majors from St. Thomas will be representing the department at this annual conference, held this year at Augsburg College.

Date & Time:

Friday, March 31, 2017
1:00 PM - 6:30 PM


Augsburg College
Oren Gateway Center (Number 16 on campus map)
610 22nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Five English majors will be representing St. Thomas at this year's ACTC English Majors Conference, which has adopted the theme "Time Traveling Texts: Connecting Past, Present, and Future."

"What an astonishing thing a book is. It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time." --Carl Sagan, Cosmos, Part II: The Persistance of Memory

Schedule of Events

1:00pm     Registration and refreshments

1:30pm     Conference opening and welcome

2:00pm    Breakout Session I: British Literature / American Literature Panels               

British Literature
Kateri Schmidt (St. Thomas)
Creating a Monster: An Education in Otherness in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

American Literature
Rachel Smith (St. Thomas)
The Afrofuturist “Negro”: Past, Present, and Future

3:30pm    Break and refreshments

3:45pm    Breakout Session II: World Literature / Film, New Media, and Theory Panels

World Literature
Rachel Fergus (St. Thomas)
Wangechi Mutu and the Black, Female Body

Film, Theory, New Media
Carlee Deidrich (St. Thomas)
YouTube “Beauty Boys” as Subversive Agents of Gender Revolution

5:30pm    Dinner (by invitation) and Creative Writing Panel

Creative Writing
Rachel Busse (St. Thomas)
Creative Nonfiction


All programs offered by the University of St. Thomas shall be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. For details, call (651) 962-6315.