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Undergraduate Conference on Literature, Language, and Culture

2020 Undergraduate Conference Program

Join any of following panels on Friday, November 13 via Zoom by clicking here.

Voices in Verse - 1:00 p.m.                                           

Moderated by Mara Lowhorn

  • Cameron Fontes, "White State, Land of Color: Spirituality in Frank X. Walker's Buffalo Dance"
  • Joseph Shoulders, "The Gender Identity Defined by a Name in Silence"
  • Sarah Stevens, "Manfred, Satan, and the Byronic Hero"

Recent Rhetoric: A Discussion on Current Events and Language - 1:40 p.m.

Moderated by Chandler Moorse and Megan Hutchinson 

  • Laura Hanna, "Medical School Admissions: Is a System Based On Equity Benefitting the Health of All?"
  • Hannah Van Winkle, "Standard vs. Nonstandard Varieties of English"
  • Caitlyn Woitena, "Are We at War With COVID-19?"

Curious, Spurious, and Injurious - 2:20 p.m.

Moderated by Jon Meyers and Samantha Williams

  • Katie Doll, "Power and Vulnerability in Fictional Languages: Linguistic Injury in Game of Thrones and Harry Potter"
  • Abigail Raley, "'Get the Tables': A Metatheatrical Analysis of Professional Wrestling"
  • Lizzy Roth, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Satiric Perfection

A 21st Century Look at 20th Century Lit. - 3:00 p.m.

Moderated by Caroline Galdi and Sarah Olive

  • Olivia Allen, "The Good, the Bad, and the Bourgeoisie"
  • Samuel Chang, "Things Fall Apart — The Irony of an Imperialist Invasion"
  • Rook Jones, "The Deconstruction of Discourse Through Speech, Actions, and Thoughts"

 The Undergraduate Conference on Literature, Language, and Culture is an annual event sponsored by the WKU English department, with generous support from the Provost's Initiatives for Excellence.

The conference features original analytical essays written by undergraduate students. Students are invited to submit short versions of any paper they have written in a WKU English class during the year leading up to each conference. Graduate students in the English M.A. program evaluate the submissions and select up to fifteen participants.

At the conference, the selected students read their papers as a part of panels organized around similar themes. A brief question and answer period follows each panel. The conference, which is free, is attended by faculty, students, and members of the public. The students who read at the conference are especially encouraged to invite teachers, friends, and family.

The conference is a significant event for students in the English department. It is the only chance that English literature students have to share their analytical work in a public forum. It exposes them to the type of setting that they may experience in graduate school or as professionals and gives them practice in public speaking. As such, it strongly reinforces WKU's commitment to strong communication (oral and written), critical thinking, active learning, and especially student engagement.

The winners of the 2019 Undergraduate Conference on Literature, Language and Culture are: 

1st place - Dillon Miller

2nd place - Rachel Thomas

3rd place - Adrianna Waters

4th place - Rook Jones




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