The first four English Undergraduate Conferences have been, as one student raved, "a great celebration of talent and new ideas emerging from the undergraduates!"
The tradition continued with the fifth conference. As usual, the conference included a special noon program on publishing careers with luminaries from Twin Cities publishers speaking and answering questions. The conference also featured panels of current English majors speaking on "Creating My Major: Making English Your Own," as well as of English alums speaking on "Creating My Career: Using English to Find and/or Fashion the Job You Want."
Check out the schedule for 2014. We were thrilled with students' creative and scholarly presentations, which were grouped in such sessions as Shakespeare, Persons & Personhood, Childhood and Sex, Identity & Desire/Film & Fiction, and a Creative Writing Showcase. If you attended, please evaluate the conference for us to we can keep improving it!
Responses from past conferences:
"I liked hearing my peers read their work; it was truly inspiring and interesting to see what they see in a piece of writing."
"I loved the Q & A with the publishing professionals! It was very helpful to get advice from people who had the same dream in college as I do now; learning how they reached that dream was instructive."
"I really enjoyed the session on Thursday night that included a performance by Brian Laidlaw and a reading by John Jodzio. It was awesome and inspiring to hear from U of M graduates who continue to purse writing as more than just something 'on the side.'"
"The discussions after the readings went in interesting directions--I liked discussing what the students actually wrote about, but then also branching out and discussing more broadly how certain techniques and approaches to writing apply to literature."
"I liked the variety that is offered when there is one analytical paper, short stories, and poetry [in a session]."
"Free food! Delicious!"
The English Undergraduate Conference is paid for in part by a generous grant from the Coca-Cola Academic Initiative.