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Author, Researcher Headline Susquehanna’s Literature and Creative Writing Conference

Published on February 7, 2013

Acclaimed nonfiction writer and psychologist Lauren Slater will give a free public reading on Feb. 18 at 4:30 p.m. in Susquehanna University’s Degenstein Center Theater.Lauren Slater Slater’s reading is part of the 2012–13 Visiting Writers Series, sponsored by Susquehanna’s Writers Institute, and the Ninth Annual Undergraduate Literature and Creative Writing Conference, organized by Susquehanna’s English and creative writing department.

Slater is the author of six books, including “Welcome to My Country,” “Prozac Diary,” “Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir” and “Opening Skinner’s Box: Great Psychological Experiments of the 20th Century.” She was the guest editor of “Best American Essays” in 2006.

The event’s keynote speaker, AnaLouise Keating, will offer a free public talk at 12:15 p.m. in the Degenstein Center Theater. Keating, a professor of women's studies at Texas Woman's University, was invited because her academic research interests overlap with Susquehanna University’s current-year theme of Freedom and Responsibility, according to Karen Mura, associate professor of English.

Keating’s best-known scholarly works center on the life and writings of Gloria Anzaldua, with whom she edited the book “This Bridge We Call Home: Radical Visions for Transformation.” Her research interests also include multicultural literature, feminist theory and holistic pedagogies.

Susquehanna University students will be joined by undergraduate students from across the nation for the day-long conference. This year’s theme, “Food for Thought,” will give students the opportunity to share their scholarly and creative work as it relates to the intellectual and creative challenges shaping literary study today.

The conference will include three sessions, with multiple panels at each. Within each panel, three or four students will be organized around various literary themes and cultural issues. After reading their work aloud, student panelists and the audience of aspiring writers, teachers and scholars can join in a discussion.

Currently, 96 student presenters include 56 Susquehanna representatives. Other students come from a range of schools, such as Mississippi State University, Elizabethtown College, St. Joseph’s College, University of Wisconsin, Westminster College, Mansfield University, Lebanon Valley College, Shippensburg University, The Pennsylvania State University, Saint Francis University and more.

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