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Undergrads present research at MSU’s first-ever Undergraduate Literary Conference

Missouri State’s first Undergraduate Literary Conference, to be held this weekend in Plaster Student Union, will feature 16 undergraduates and a keynote address.

Student presentations

Students will present on topics ranging from Marxism in “Harry Potter,” gender issues in Hemingway, the cartoon “Archerand “Jane Eyre,” bathroom ghost rituals and more.

Keynote speaker

Emporia State University’s Dan Colson will be this year’s keynote speaker. He will present his paper “Wild and Foolish Acts: Anarchism, Violence, and Democracy,” April 17 at 3 p.m. at Plaster Student Union Ballroom West.

Event details

Date: April 17 – 18
Times: Starts at 1 p.m. on Friday and 8:45 a.m. on Saturday.
Location: Plaster Student Union
Complete conference schedule

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OWP graduate student awarded prestigious assistantship

PrintEnglish graduate student Rachel Schober has been awarded an exclusive teaching assistantship in the Czech Republic.

Schober, who has her bachelor’s in English education from Missouri State, was named as one of 10 Fulbright English teaching assistants and will work in Vyškov, Czech Republic, for the 2015-16 school year.

About the assistantship

Schober will work about 20 hours per week with students, ages 11 to 19, at the grammar school and the secondary school of medicine and economy.

She will teach them the English language and about American culture. She will also help the school’s English teachers perfect their lessons while learning more about the Czech culture and language.

About Schober

Schober has worked as the Ozarks Writing Project graduate research assistant for two years.

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Week of English Events to include Panels, Presentations, & a Poetry Reading

Clear your calendars! A slew of English-related events is underway over the course of the next week.

Thursday 4/16 at 9:30: PSU 313

The English Department’s Dr. Shannon Wooden will moderate a panel which she wrote, “Aesthetics, Ethics, and the Value of Self-Expression”, for the Public Affairs Conference. As this year’s Public Affairs theme is Ethical Citizenship, many of the presentations and panels relate to issues in education, culture, and more. See the complete schedule here.

Friday 4/17 at 7:00: PSU Theater

Acclaimed poet and activist Poet Ed Madden returns to MSU to introduce his latest book, Nest. In addition to authoring five other collections of poetry, Madden has numerous awards for his work and is also the interim director of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina. Madden’s books will be available for sale at Paw Prints before and after the reading. The reading is free and open to the public. Click here for more info on Ed Madden.

Friday 4/17 – Saturday 4/18: Plaster Student Union

The first annual Undergraduate Literary Conference will feature sixteen undergraduates presenting on topics ranging from Marxism in Harry Potter, gender issues in Hemingway, the cartoon Archer, and Jane Eyre, bathroom ghost rituals, and much more. The keynote speaker will be Emporia State University’s Dan Colson, who will present his paper “Wild and Foolish Acts: Anarchism, Violence, and Democracy”. The conference starts at 1:00 PM on Friday and 8:45 AM on Saturday. Click here for the complete conference schedule.

Tuesday 4/21 at 5:30: PSU 400

Author Matt McCarthy will present on his memoir The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician’s First Year.  McCarthy will give advice on writing and publishing, as well as discuss his experiences as a medical memoirist. McCarthy is a professor and staff physician for Cornell University. The event is hosted by the Society for Technical Communication. More info can be found here.


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Undergrad Literary Conference is Almost Underway

Our first annual Undergraduate Literary Conference will take place on April 17-18 in the Plaster Student Union. The conference will feature over fifteen presentations ranging in topic from Dracula, the Adult Swim cartoon Archer, bathroom ghost myths, and Marxism in Harry Potter.

The conference will also feature MSU alum and Emporia State University professor Dan Colson as the keynote speaker. Colson specializes in anarchy’s effect on American culture in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. His keynote address, “Wild and Foolish Acts: Anarchism, Violence, and Democracy” will take place on April 17 in the PSU Ballroom West at 3:00.

The complete conference schedule is available below:

Friday, April 17, 1-2pm: Death, Violence, and Dracula (PSU 317)

 Kyle Osredker, “Loss in Lincoln: A Close Reading of My Antonia

 Oliva Scott, “Power, Conformity, and the Male Anatomy in Pauline Réagle’s Story of O

 Michelle Trantham, “Van Helsing’s Role in the Relationship Between East and West in Stoker’s Dracula

 Friday, April 17, 2-3 pm: Gender Studies I (PSU 317)

 Katelyn Whitaker, “The Search to Find Jane Eyre’s Identity: Her Masculine Alter Egos in St. John Rivers and Edward Rochester”

 Kimberly Manning, “An Analysis on Margaret Fuller’s Transcendental Ideas and How They Changed the Women’s Rights Movements”

 Ryan Gilliam, “A Sterling Example of Masculinity in Archer

 Friday, April 17, 3-4pm: Keynote Address (PSU Ballroom West)

 Dan Colson, Assistant Professor of English at Emporia State University, “‘Wild and Foolish Acts’: Anarchism, Violence, and Democracy”

 Saturday, April 18, 8:45-10am: Gender Studies II (PSU 317)

 Paige Whitcomb, “Hemingway the Feminist”

 Danielle Martin, “The Anti-Fairytale of Sorrow: A Feminist Approach to Gail Godwin’s A Sorrowful Woman

 Kevin Davis, “Saving the Princess: Critical Analyses of Conventional Gender Identity in The Last of Us

 Guy Smith, “Bathroom Ghost Rituals: Children Face Fear by Conjuring Monsters”

 Saturday, April 18, 10-11am: Film and Drama (PSU 317)

 Courtney Price, “To Thine Own Self Be True: The Use of Binary Oppositions in Interpreting Shakespeare’s Hamlet

 Katelyn Grisham, “A Proper Education”

 Ziyun Chen, “A Doll’s House: Time and Space under the Masquerade”

 Saturday, April 18, 11-12pm: Class and Society (PSU 317)

 Rachel Combs, “Inversions of Social Order in The Clerk’s Tale: The Clerk’s Case for Powerful Wives and Common People”

 Dailynn Turner, “Harry Potter: A Marxist Analysis”

 Taylor Pitts, “Creative Expression in Walden Two





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How to survive publishing your work

Writer’s block, a term used when writers are having a difficult time moving forward in their work, is something that many writers have experienced. Authors of anything from short essays to dissertations to novels understand the frustration that comes from the writing process and the anxiety that follows the simple mention of publishing. Dr. Lanya […]

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Springfield native comes back to Ozarks for book tour

the teeth of soulsAuthor and Springfield native Steve Yates will be reading passages and talking about his Moon City Press book “The Teeth of Souls” next week. He’ll be at the Springfield-Greene County Library Center on March 26 and Barnes & Noble bookstore on March 28.

About ‘Teeth of Souls’

The 480-page novel is a sequel to Yates’ 2013 book, “Morkan’s Quarry.” Based in post-Civil War Springfield, Missouri, the story follows Leighton Shea Morkan, the son of Irish immigrants. Morkan is torn between a marriage of convenience and wealth and his childhood love — the house hand and former slave, Judith. According to Moon City Press, the book is “grounded in broad historical research and spanning Missouri’s reconstruction, vigilantism, and fall from grace.”


Fellow Ozarks author Daniel Woodrell, who wrote “Winter’s Bone,” said: “Steve Yates searches out the hidden stories from our regional history. Those events that were murky in the shadows, forgotten, or simply not spoken about, are in his hands turned into powerful and fresh fiction. Yates has scope to his ambitions, and talent to match. An exciting new voice.”

In a recent 417 Magazine review, Ettie Berneking said, “The narrative is verbose and not always easy to follow, but colorful scene setting and doomed characters hook your interest immediately. … The Teeth of the Souls is a tale of love, lust, hatred, tension, change and desire all set in the rugged landscape of the Ozarks.”

About Yates

Yates won the Juniper Prize for his “Some Kinds of Love: Stories.” He is the assistant director/marketing director at the University Press of Mississippi.

Event Details

Library Center
Date: March 26
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: 4653 S. Campbell Ave., Meeting Room B
Admission: Free and open to adult audiences

Barnes & Noble
Date: March 28
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: 3055 South Glenstone Ave.
Admission: Free and open to public

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Workshop for Teachers of Technical Writing to be held March 20

The English department is co-sponsoring this week’s Workshop for Teachers of Technical Writing with the student chapter of Society for Technical Communication and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL). The event will be March 20 in Plaster Student Union, room 315. It is free and open to the public, but participants are asked to RSVP by email. A continental breakfast and networking luncheon will be provided.


8:30-9 a.m.
Check-in and Continental Breakfast

9-9:45 a.m.
Developing Report and Correspondence Cases for Technical Communication Courses

Elizabeth Tebeaux, Professor of English, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

9:50-10:35 a.m.
Teaching Project Management Skills

Sandi Harner, Senior Professor of Technical Communication, Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH

10:35-10:50 a.m.

10:50-11:35 a.m.
Visual Design in Global Contexts: Strategies for Visual Communication Across Cultures

Kirk St. Amant, Professor of Technical and Professional Communication and of International Studies, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

11:40-12:40 p.m.
Lunch in PSU 400

12:40-1:25 p.m.
Behavior Change and the Professional Writer

Jamie Conklin, Associate Professor, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

1:30-2:15 p.m.
Using the Introductory Tech Comm Class to Help Students Explore Writing Careers
Nick Carrington, Instructor of Professional Writing & Information Design, Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH

2:15-2:30 p.m.

2:30-3:15 p.m.
Aligning Forward Pedagogy Through Backward Course Design

Zach Carnagey, Online Instructional Designer, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

3:20-3:50 p.m.
Where Do We Go from Here?—Trends in the Profession

Round (Rectangular)-Table Discussio

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Students give advice on finding literature, creative writing internships

How to Find an Internship: A Panel Discussion for Students in Literature and Creative Writing

Literature and creative writing students will host a panel discussion today to explain how they found internships in publishing and other English-related fields. Students who attend will be eligible to win a free copy of the book “All Work, No Pay: Finding an Internship, Building Your Resume, Making Connections, and Gaining Job Experience.”

Event Details

Date: March 17
Time: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Siceluff Hall, Room 226
Contact: Assistant professor Lanya Lamouria by email or at 417-836-3175


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