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Undergrad Conference Participants

Alumni Update: Matt Sherling


Course Descriptions

Spring 2011

2010 English and Philosophy Undergraduate Conference:
Don’t Call the Monster “Frankenstein”

The annual English and Philosophy Undergraduate Conference was held on April 8 and featured many great panels and participants. Thanks to everyone who made this year's conference another success!

Social Order and Community: Barriers and Bridges to the Acceptance of Racial Heritage Chair: Andrew Chance
Jesse Harpe—“Metaphorically Speaking…” in Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese
Rich Collins—Guess Who’s Coming to Whiteness?: Patriarchal Centering in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? and ‘Guess Who’
Osayame Gaius-Obaseki—The Necessity of Fellowship in the African-American Woman’s Fight for Autonomy

In Defense of an Inclusive Curriculum: Young Adult Literature and its Presence in the Secondary Classroom
Chair: Jessica Anderson
Lindsey Fleming—The Perks and Pitfalls of Censorship: An Argument for the Inclusion of Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower in the High School English Classroom
Holly Irwin— The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and 1984: Panopticism and the Surveyed
Jessica Bohlen—The Fattening Hut: A Pedagogical Application of a Mildly Fictitious Culture
Benjamin Sasser—The Benefits and Detriments of Adult-to-Child Education—A Microcosm in The Giver 

Poetry, Love, and War: The Literary Warriors of Ireland
Chair: Rod McRae
Brooke Sparks—Religion in the Poetry of W.B. Yeats and Stevie Smith
Caitlin Dobson—Discovering the Working Class Identity throughout Twentieth-Century Ireland, Or: Drugs and Politics in Dublin
Tyler Anthony Mineo—A Savior’s Love versus Mortal Love  

Gals, Guys, and Those In-Between: Exploring Gender and its Social Dictums
Chair: Dave Stahl
Katy Gunn—When Giovanni Becomes Catharine: Lauding the Female Virginity of the Male Libertine
Caroline Morris—“I Don’t Want Pain”: The Shared Female Experience of Physical Pain and its Inevitability in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale
Louise Grann—Romantic Clichés and Archetypes of Shojo Manga Series
Joshua Black—The Center Cannot Hold: Gender Performance and Play in Mary Wollstonecraft's Maria

Me, Myself, and I: Psychology and its Poetics
Chair: Lisa Cunningham
Alix Carnes—From Physical to Personal: Erasing and Reassembling the Self in Sylvia Plath’s "Tulips"
Sumner Gann—Ted Hughes’ Crow as an Embodied Id: The Dual Figure of Survival and Death
Addie Watson—A Distorted View of Love

Re-Imagining Who We've Been
Chair: Matt Sherling
Mary Ann (Jung Hyun) Lee—Fiction
Jennifer Rivers—Creative Non-fiction
Justin Robinson—Fiction
Cheryl Nye—Creative Non-fiction

What Would You Do?: Pragmatism and Ethics
Chair: Jessica Anderson
Alice Barker—A Critical Evaluation of Peirce’s Defense of the Method of Science in ‘The Fixation of Belief’
Ace Mendez—The Will to Believe and Academic Honesty
Kevin King—Theory and Practice
Donny Smith—Dewey and Truth as Epistemology

Exploring Evolved Forms of Slavery: Huston, Morrison, and Silko
Chair: Andrew Chance
Ryan McAnally—Another Animal Shapes Choice: A Look at Modern Slavery in Toni Morrison's A Mercy
Jennifer Rivers—Hair, Head Rags, and White Possession in Their Eyes Were Watching God
Natasha S. Godwin—Borders with Thorns, Barbed Wire, Property Law and Native American Identity in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony
Colleen Donnelly—Verbal Violence and Feminine Triple Consciousness in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God

Tropes of Captivity, Containment, and Transgression in Early American Literature
Chair: Rod McRae
Randie Mayo
—Transformation and Transition of the Self in John Smith and Mary Rowlandson
Jherine Wilkerson—Interstitiality and the Puritan Woman
Anna Davison—The ‘Un-Fortunate Fall’: Matrimony and Mastery in Abigail Adams’ Correspondence and Foster’s The Coquette


Monsters, Academia, and Other Bumps in the Night: A Survey of 21st Century Horror Films
Chair: Lisa Cunningham
Dustin Ledford—Facing Our Fears: How Jacob’s Ladder Sets Out to Resolve the Repressed
Sarah Hendricks—Making Monsters Complex: Deconstructing the Victim-Hero in Rob Zombie’s Halloween
Rich Collins—Different Names for the Same Thing: Appropriation of Germanic Names in The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Waldo Is a Natural Born Killer: Pop Culture
Chair: Shelley Decker
Tong Xu—One cannot Have It All: Image of the Disabled Pirate in Martin Handford's Where's Waldo Now?
Kayleigh Pandolfi—Blurring the Lines: The True Effects of Batman’s Protective Watch
Alix Carnes—Mickey and Mallory Fire: The True Trickster of Natural Born Killers

Great Minds Think Alike: It's Wild
Chair: Tom Stillerman
Charles Garcia—Aristotle's Arguments
Michael Todd—Benjamin Franklin and Fredrick Douglass: Literacy and Self-Determination
Joshua Black—(Re)Presenting Masculinity: Sex, Rock, and Spring Awakening

Bridging the Gap: Reflections and Challenges of the Burgeoning Teacher
Chair: Jessica Anderson
Anna Davison—An Effect on Instruction: Improving Writing in the Secondary Classroom
Lindsey Fleming—When Star Wars replaces The Iliad: Challenging the Literary Canon in a Secondary Education Classroom
Duane Theobald—Let's Talk About...Sex?: Effectively Teaching Awkward Literary Topics and Implementing Practical Literary Theory in the Secondary Classroom

Theories of Time and Space: Race and Identity in Natasha Trethewey’s Native Guard
Chair: Shelley Decker
Hayden Suits—“The Train”
Ryan Childers—“In a Mirror, Darkly”
Osayame Gaius-Obaseki—“Fleeing a Fragmented Identity”

Sometimes It's Okay to Backtalk: Rhetoric and its Textual Pleasures
Chair: Dave Stahl
Colleen Donnelly—Reading into Reality: Intuiting Truth in Text in Colson Whitehead’s The Intuitionist
Natalie Brooks—Frankenstein; OR the Modern Prometheus: Theothanatology of a Surrogate
Alix Carnes—Dysfunctional Dystopia: The Untraditional Narrative Style of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale
Wayne Bell—Resisting and Assenting Readers in Sandra Cisneros’s The House on Mango Street 

Teri Holbrook's The Mother Tongue—Assuming Significance
Chair: Tom Stillerman
Tong Xu—The Shielding Effect: Assumptions in The Mother Tongue
Susan Lee—The Significance of Friends in Teri Holbrook’s The Mother Tongue 

Writing the Self's Autonomy
Chair: Matt Sherling
Laura Gore—Poetry
Caroline Morris—Fiction
Rich Collins—Poetry
Caitlin Dobson—Creative Non-fiction  

Guarding Home and Self: An Exploration into Natasha Trethewey's Native Guard
Chair: James Philips
Hilary Rimmer—Finding True Identity
Becca Aldridge—Native Guard
David Sanchez—Native Guard
Kayla Reseter—South

Postmodern Identities in Crisis
Chair: Rod McRae
Matthew Liner—Televisual America in Crisis: Postmodern Identity and Escapist Entertainment in Scott Bradfield’s The History of Luminous Motion
Nathan Keener—Fleeing the Monoverse, Seeking a Minorverse, and Finding a Neoverse: Chasing Non-White Light in a Most Outer Space in The History of Luminous Motion
Jimmy Worthy—Past Reflections for Eternal Placement: Representations of Race and the Afterlife in J.W. Johnson and Charles Johnson