The first four English Undergraduate Conferences have been, as one student raved, "a great celebration of talent and new ideas emerging from the undergraduates!"
As usual, the conference also included a special noon program on publishing careers with luminaries from Twin Cities publishers speaking and answering questions. For the first time, the conference featured panels of current English majors speaking on "Inventing My Major: Making English Your Own," as well as of English alums speaking on "Inventing My Career: Using English to Find and/or Fashion the Job You Want."
The fourth undergraduate conference was the best yet: To help make the fifth conference, to be held April 3-4, 2014, even better, volunteer at the conference: email email@example.com. And submit your conference presentation proposal by March 11! We welcome creative and scholarly presentations and are especially interested in papers on Shakespeare, early modern drama, and cinema, as well as creative visual/text projects (along with the usual creative writing and presentations on the topic of your choice).
Other responses from past conferences:
"I liked hearing my peers read their work; it was truly inspiring and interesting to see what they see in a piece of writing."
"I loved the Q & A with the publishing professionals! It was very helpful to get advice from people who had the same dream in college as I do now; learning how they reached that dream was instructive."
"I really enjoyed the session on Thursday night that included a performance by Brian Laidlaw and a reading by John Jodzio. It was awesome and inspiring to hear from U of M graduates who continue to purse writing as more than just something 'on the side.'"
"The discussions after the readings went in interesting directions--I liked discussing what the students actually wrote about, but then also branching out and discussing more broadly how certain techniques and approaches to writing apply to literature."
"I liked the variety that is offered when there is one analytical paper, short stories, and poetry [in a session]."
"Free food! Delicious!"
The English Undergraduate Conference is paid for in part by a generous grant from the Coca-Cola Academic Initiative.