ACTC English Majors Conference

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English majors from St. Thomas, Macalester, Hamline, Augsburg, and St. Catherine present papers at this annual conference, which has "Prescient Participles" as its theme this year.

Date & Time:

Friday, April 26, 2019
2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Location:

St. Catherine University (Coeur de Catherine Building, 3rd Floor).

English majors from St. Thomas, Macalester, Hamline, Augsburg, and St. Catherine present papers at this annual conference.

In Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower, the single most important doctrine for her heroine and spiritual pioneer, Lauren, is: "God is change." For this year's ACTC English majors conference, we will take as our mantra: "Literature is Change" to interrogate the many ways Anglophone literary works and discursive texts have functioned as parables or guides, ether falsely, earnestly, or a little bit of both.

Presenting papers and representing the St. Thomas English Department at this conference include Hanna Jennings, Megan Miller, Austin Murr, Abby Benson, and Elijah Flanders. Current English major students are invited to attend this conference and support their peer presenters!


Conference Schedule

2-2:30 p.m.       Gathering and Welcome

2:30-4 p.m.       British and Global Anglophone Literature Panel
                         Austin Murr: "Exiled: The Power of Despair in 'The Wanderer' and Oroonoko to Bring Hope to Their Contemporary Cultures"
                        
                         Critical Theory and New Media Panel
                         Abbey Bensen: "To Question or Not to Question"

4:15-5:45 p.m.  American and Multicultural Literature Panel
                         Hannah Marie Jennings: "The Birth of a Star"

                         Special Session: Science Fiction and Social Justice
                         Megan Miller: "Character Realities in Never Let Me Go"

5:45 p.m.          Dinner buffet with Creative Writing Readings
                         Elijah Flanders: Selected Poetry


Those attending the conference are invited to stay on campus and attend Toshi Reagon's opera adaptation of Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower at the O'Shaughnessy, which begins at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets are $5 for students, faculty, and staff with a university ID.

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