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Susquehanna Hosts 10th Annual Undergraduate Literature & Creative Writing Conference

Published on March 14, 2014

Literature ConferenceUndergraduates from around the Northeast will spend St. Patrick’s Day sharing their scholarly and creative works with each other on the campus of Susquehanna University, where the Department of English and Creative Writing will host its 10th Annual Undergraduate Literature & Creative Writing Conference. The March 17 conference will explore the theme “Writing, Publishing and Technology.”

Each year, the conference attracts the enthusiastic participation of students from Susquehanna and other universities around the country. This year Westminster College, Ursinus College, Shippensburg University, Thiel College, Mansfield University, Penn State, St. Anselm College, St. Joseph’s College and St. Francis University will be among the represented schools.

Throughout the day, students will share papers and attend panel sessions on topics such as sexuality and visual culture, race and literature, and technology, reason and writing. The conference will also include a roundtable discussion with the Forum for Undergraduate Student Editors (FUSE), a national network of student editors and writers founded by the Writers Institute at Susquehanna University; and a keynote address by George Landow, professor of English and art history at Brown University.

Landow has been widely published in the fields of digital humanities and 19th-century art and literature. His most recent book is “Hypertext 3.0: Critical Theory and New Media in an Era of Globalization.” Landow will deliver his address at 12:15 p.m. in Degenstein Center Theater.

The conference will also feature visiting writer Eula Biss, who won the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Criticism Award for her essay collection “Notes from No Man’s Land.” Biss is a senior lecturer in the Department of English at Northwestern University. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Howard Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her reading, which is free and open to the public, begins at 4:30 p.m. in Degenstein Center Theater.

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