English Department Honors Program Shines in Presentations

Written by Karen L. Bystrom
June 1, 2017

The SU English Department Honors Program salutes twelve students who presented papers at conferences this spring. Melissa Schade and Jane Kidder presented at all three conferences and Natalie Jaech, Brendan Kehoe, Emma Foster, and Jeffery Harrell presenting at two.

Honors students at conference in MemphisWith help from Office of Research Services and Sponsored Projects (ORSSP) and College of Arts and Sciences Dean David Powers, the program sent five students to present papers at the National Council of Undergraduate Research Conference (NCUR) at the University of Memphis. 

Emma Foster, “Gothic Victorian Literature and the Trump Dynasty: How the Exploitation of Daughters Continues into the 21st Century”

Jeffery Harrell, "Straddling Virtue and Deviancy: Oscar Wilde, the Closeted Catholic"

Brendan Kehoe, “The Plague of Neoliberalism in Colson Whitehead’s Zone One”

Jane Kidder, “Teaching For Transfer: Ensuring Student Success in Genre Awareness”

Melissa Schade, “Writing in the Discipline: Audience, Authority, and Purpose for Undergraduate Philosophy Majors”

English Honors students at NCUL conference in PorltandThree students presented work at the University of Portland’s Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature (NUCL), a conference at which Seattle University’s regular presence and support was acknowledged. 

Natalie Jaech, “Technology & Time: Understanding Simultaneity & Mechanized Temporality in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s 4,722 Hours”

Melissa Schade, “Gary Snyder and the Ecological Life: A Philosophical Close Reading”

Jane Kidder, “Resisting Americanized Truths: An Exploration of Asian American Literatures and Their Authors”

Finally, all 12 English Department Honors students presented their Honors projects at the Seattle University Undergraduate Research Association conference (SUURA). Listed with each student is their faculty mentor.

English Honors Students at SUURA conferenceEnglish Creative Writing Projects

Annabelle Forster, “The Mesa”

Dr. Susan Meyers

Hailey Spencer, “A Path Through the Woods”

Dr. Sharon Cumberland

Juliet Von Rohr, “In the Land of Ghosts: Mo’olelos of the Reborn”

Dr. Mary-Antoinette Smith

English Critical Projects

Emma Foster, “Gothic Victorian Literature and the Trump Dynasty: How the Exploitation of Daughters Continues into the 21st Century”| Molly Clark Hillard

Jeffery Harrell, “Straddling Virtue and Deviancy: Oscar Wilde, Closeted Catholic” |Dr. Molly Clark Hillard

Natalie Jaech, “Disrupting the History Machines:  Gender and Degeneration HG Wells’s The Time Machine and Syfy’s Warehouse 13” | Dr. Charles Tung

Brendan Kehoe, “Family History/National History: Narratives of Immigration and Whiteness" | Dr. Charles Tung

Jane Kidder, “Teaching for Transfer: How Teaching Genre Awareness Enhances Student Success” | Dr. June Johnson

Molly Martin, “Shakespeare and Music” | Dr. Allison Meyer

Michael McDonnell, "'How Much A Dollar Cost': A Critical Examination of Economy and Value in Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly" | Dr. Mary-Antoinette Smith

Clarissa Olivares, "Cihuacoatl, Coatlique, and Kahlo: the Influence of Aztec Goddess Worship and Frida Kahlo’s Paintings on Contemporary Xicanx Poetry" | Dr. Christina Roberts

Melissa Schade, “Writing in the Discipline: Audience, Authority, and Purpose for Undergraduate Philosophy Majors” | Dr. June Johnson-Bube

Dr. Charles Tung, the coordinator of Department Honors, thanks the College for the help it provides for student research, congratulates the students on their excellent hard work, and celebrates colleagues’ excellent teaching and mentoring.