English and Humanities Festival
Wednesday, May 2nd – Friday, May 5th
The third annual English and Humanities Festival will be held Wednesday, May 2nd through Friday, May 5th in the Student Center and Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for the Arts and Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. The event will highlight student panels, keynote speakers, and interactive workshops and readings which are open to the general public. The event primarily focuses on student work; the conference allows students an opportunity to share their work and demonstrate how they contribute to a larger literary and artistic conversation. Panels of interest include discussions on Eco-Criticism, the Literary Apocalypse, Medieval and Contemporary Constructions of the Monster, Video Game Narratives, Teaching and Tutoring Internships, as well as a collaborative conversation on the construction of Parkside’s Outdoor Labs, just to name a few. Students and professors have worked together to construct interactive and interesting ways to present these ideas through their designated panels. The Festival schedule also includes dramatic performances from students in the theatre department and cinematic productions from the film studies program. In addition to student work, presentations by two keynote speakers decorate the Festival’s schedule: Richard Lyons and Jessica Lyn Van Slooten.
Richard Lyons is the author of three books of poetry, Fleur Carnivore (The Word Works 2006), Hours of the Cardinal (University of South Carolina Press, 2000), and These Modern Nights (University of Missouri Press, 1988). A former winner of the Peter I.B. Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets, Lyons received a BA from the University of Massachusetts, an MFA from the University of Arizona, and a PhD from the University of Houston. He has published poems in numerous journals, among them The Nation, Poetry, The New Republic, The Paris Review, and The North American Review. In 1988, Deborah Digges selected his first collection, These Modern Nights, as a Devins Award winner in the University of Missouri Press Breakthrough Series. In 2000, Richard Howard selected his second collection, Hours of the Cardinal, for the James Dickey Contemporary Poets Series at the University of South Carolina Press. His latest collection, Fleur Carnivore, won the 2005 Washington Prize. Lyons will offer a public reading of his work at UW-P’s RITA, room 131, from 5:00-6:00 pm on Thursday, May 3rd.
Jessica Lyn Van Slooten earned her PhD at Auburn University, and has published articles on Ally McBeal, Edith Wharton and Theodore Dreiser, and foodie romance. Currently, Van Slooten teaches English Composition, American Literature, Multicultural Literature, and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc, where she is also researching the use of blogs in the women’s studies classroom, writing poems, and planning her upcoming wedding. She will be presenting a lecture entitled “Searching the Sentimental Self: A Scholar’s Journey through Literature and Popular Culture,” from 5:30-6:30 pm on Friday, May 5th, in UW-P’s RITA, room 131. From her senior undergraduate thesis on Elizabeth Barrett Browning to her dissertation on the Beat Generation to recent published scholarship on popular romance fiction and television, Van Slooten has always been interested in female identity. How do women navigate conflicting desires? How do they show the world who they are? Literature, popular fiction, and television provide many examples of successful and failed attempts at creating a life of one’s own. In this talk, Van Slooten will share her scholarly journey through such diverse texts as Aurora Leigh, Ally McBeal, Sister Carrie, On the Road, and more. Following the common threads of feminist criticism and genre distinctions, she will discuss the tangled theoretical knots of identity and sentiment, both in the texts and in her own scholarly life.
The College of Arts and Sciences, the UW-Parkside English Department, Straylight Literary Arts Magazine, and Sigma Tau Delta sponsor this event, with many members of these departments and organizations being instrumental in its organization. As a showcase of undergraduate achievement, professor and student collaboration, and community involvement, the Festival is a source of pride for the UW-Parkside English Department. For more information on the English Department of UW-Parkside, please visit our website: http://www.uwp.edu/departments/english/. Instituted in the Spring of 2007, Straylight Literary Arts magazine is Parkside’s literary journal. Straylight accepts and publishes innovative works of fiction and poetry and greatly values new and upcoming writers. The journal currently publishes the print edition twice a year, in late spring and fall. Copies of the journal will be available for purchase at the Festival, and you can visit them online at http://www.Straylightmag.com. Sigma Tau Delta is the international honor society for English majors. Since its re-institution in 2011, Tau Psi, the UW-P chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, has become a fixture in Parkside’s academic community. The chapter prides itself in conferring distinction upon students displaying academic excellence within the major. During the Festival, the chapter will be holding an induction ceremony in UW-P room RITA 131, at 6:00 pm, Wednesday, May 2nd, wherein it will honor new members as well as present various awards to students and faculty. For information on the society, visit http://www.english.org.
The conference is free and open to the public. For a complete 2012 conference schedule, visit http://www.PWCONF.com. Additional information about the conference is also available on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ParksideEnglishAndHumanitiesFestival. For any additional information about the specific panels or activities, or general questions about the conference overall, please contact Dean Karpowicz via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.