English Students Excel at Conferences

Written by Laura Paskin
May 14, 2015

The English Department had a record number of its students presenting critical and creative projects at undergraduate research conferences this year.

"Some of our students gave five presentations at three different conferences in the space of six weeks an impressive feat!" said English Professor Charles Tung, who coordinates the department's Honors program.

At the National Council of Undergraduate Research conference (NCUR), students gave eight presentations:

  • Vincent Chien (Honors student), "Bureaucratic Absurdity in Kafka's The Trial and the Racial Absurdity of Institutional Racism In The United States"
  • Vincent Chien (Honors student), "Keep Them at Arm's Length: Relationships between Homosociality and Power in Anthills of the Savannah"
  • Liz MacGregor (Honors student), "The Caged Bird Sings: A Musical Jane Eyre Behind New Bars"
  • Liz MacGregor (Honors student), "The Capitola Problem: Bad Girls, Gender Roles, and Performativity in Nineteenth-Century Heroines"
  • Fallon Sullivan (Honors student), "How to be a Friend of the Earth: Using Ecocriticism to Guide Environmentalism"
  • Amanda Uyesugi (Honors student), "The Value of Traveling Trade: Nineteenth-Century Colonial Perspectives"
  • Annie Gala, "Specks of Voiceless Dust: Midnight's Children and the Bildungsroman's Impact on the National Narrative of Postmodern India"
  • Raveena Sajjan, "No-Man's Land: the Gendering and Ethnicizing of Male Bodies in Khushwant Singh's Train to Pakistan"

English Professor Kate Koppelman accompanied students down to Portland for the Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature at the University of Portland. English Department faculty sponsored eleven student presentations in criticism, poetry, and creative non-fiction, its highest level of participation:

  • Vincent Chien (Honors student), "Keep Them at Arm?s Length: Relationships between Homosociality and Power in Anthills of the Savannah"
  • Elizabeth MacGregor (Honors student), "The Female Body Politic: Cordelia, Her Sisters, and King Lear"
  • Thomas Palu (Honors student), "The Rhetoric of Violence in ?The Knight?s Tale"
  • Matt Pritchard (Honors student), "On Life" (Creative Nonfiction Essay)
  • Fallon Sullivan(Honors student), "Poems of Place" (Creative Writing)
  • Amanda Uyesugi (Honors student), "A Tourist Among Vampires"
  • Killian Watson (Honors student), "Debt, Punishment, and the Regulation of Bodies: An Examination of Discourse with Peter Abelard and the Pardoner"
  • Amanda Westby (Honors student), "It's Just So Shocking!: The Male Maternal & the Heroine's Journey in Hamlet"
  • Annie Gala, "Specks of Voiceless Dust: Midnight's Children and the Significance of the Buildingsroman on the National Narrative of Postmodern India"
  • Ashlan Runyan, "Monstrous Bodies: Femininity, Fear, and Creation in Shelley's Frankenstein"
  • Chloe Traynor, "The Daguerreotype's Discourse: Hawthorne's Revocation"

All ten Honors students Vincent Chien, Max Delsohn, Elizabeth MacGregor, Thomas Palu, Matthew Pritchard, David Strand, Fallon Sullivan, Amanda Uyesugi, Killian Watson, and Amanda Westby, presented their projects at the Seattle University Undergraduate Research Association conference in May as well as seventeen additional students, including eight first-year students. English Professor June Johnson organized panel presentations on the topics of education reform and innovation, women's writing about the West, and global solutions. English Professor Bryn Gribben moderated her students' papers in a panel on truth in representation.

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 80 undergraduate degrees and 6 master's degrees. The English Department offers degrees in literature, creative writing, writing studies, and film studies.

Photo above, l-r: Amanda Uyesugi, Matt Pritchard, Professor Kate Koppelman, Vincent Chien, Amanda Westby, Fallon Sullivan, Annie Gala, Liz MacGregor, Killian Watson, Chloe Traynor, Ashlan Runyan, and Thomas Palu.