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Students Showcase Their Work at St. Francis University

B. LottermanNine students and three English department faculty members traveled to Joliet, Illinois, to attend the 18th annual St. Francis Undergraduate Conference on English Language and Literature (ELL) on March 27-28, 2009. The students were given the chance to present various written works originally produced for English classes at Trinity.

The ELL Conference is widely attended with 59 students from 30 universities and colleges across the nation presenting their work. Paper topics ranged from character analysis to feminism to the place of literature in society, and session chairmen facilitated discussions on each paper presented.

The event included 17 sessions, each consisting of three or four student presentations followed by a brief question and answer period. This gave students the chance to showcase their work and discuss it in a scholarly setting.

Dr. Mark Jones, associate professor of English, has attended the ELL conference for the last several years.

“The conference is a great opportunity for students to improve their public speaking skills as well as enter into dialogue with others from their own discipline,” said Jones.

Candice Heitman ’10 of Palos Heights, Illinois, recommends this conference as a great way to learn and to share ideas with others.

“The atmosphere at St. Francis was extremely comfortable and relaxed. The audience asked many great questions which were motivating because they provided ideas that are new and interesting,” said Heitman, an elementary education major with an English minor.

Attendees were favored with an address from guest author Linda Hogan both Friday evening and Saturday morning. Hogan is an accomplished author of poetry, fiction, and essays, drawing from her native Chickasaw background and a deep love and respect for the environment. Those in attendance were given the opportunity to talk with Hogan about her work at her book-signing event on Friday evening.

Trinity students presenting:

Joshua Arnold ’09,
Algonquin, Illinois
  “Where I Has No Place”
Monica Brands ’11, Edgerton, Minnesota   “Donne and the Voice of Christian Devotion”
Jill Buehler ’09,
Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin
  “The Face of Feminism in Joyce’s ‘The Dead’”
Caity Chambers ’09,
Mars, Pennsylvania
  “To Teach and Delight:  Finding Agreement in the Ancient Quarrel between Poetry   and Philosophy”
Candice Heitman ’10,
Palos Heights, Illinois
  “Morgan le Fay’s Supernatural Role in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”
Bethany Kerr ’11,
Joliet, Illinois
  “Reader-Response Criticism and James Joyce’s ‘The Dead’”
Bethany Lotterman ’09,
Byron Center, Michigan
  “Issues of Paradox in Poe’s ‘The Raven’”
Anna Poll ’09,
Grand Rapids, Michigan
  “Surrealism and Olga Grushin’s The Dream Life of Sukhanov”
Carrie Timmermans ’11, McBain, Michigan
  “The Natural and Supernatural in ‘Beowulf’”
Rebecca VanderWilt ’09,
Fort Collins, Colorado
  “The Hagiography of Donne: Comparing Sainthood in Isaac Walton’s Life and John Donne’s ‘The Canonization


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