Annual Conference


The annual English Undergraduate Conference in spring semester is a celebration of talent and new ideas emerging from our majors. The 2018 conference, "A Place at the Table," will take place the evening of April 12 and all day April 13, in Lind Hall 207A.

Students present academic and creative works in a supportive environment of peers, graduate students, and English faculty. Free meals bookend the panel sessions, which provide opportunities to meet other English majors and chat with professors. For an idea of the program, check out this year's schedule below.

Panelists gain practice with academic conference and work presentations. Students also acquire professional experience by helping to plan, publicize, and coordinate the conference. Email if you’re interested in helping with the conference!


This year's schedule



6-7 pm: Opening dinner

7-8:30 pm: The Tower magazine presents Creative Writing Showcase with students reading excerpts from their own original work. (MCs: The Tower Nonfiction Editors Ella Cashman and Jayme Oberman)

  • Lauren Foley, "1,001"
  • Ethan Hallstrom, "Pictures of Bigfoot"
  • Cassidy Kummrow, "Names That Kill"
  • Olivia Heusinkveld, "Circuit Breaker"
  • Andrew Zhou, "If Symptoms Persist"
  • Lizz Fong, "On Light"
  • Hannah Nelson, "Lake Winnebago"
  • Kayleen Hedberg, "Untitled"

FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018

9:30-10 am: Breakfast

9:50 - 10:50 am: Panel 1 - On Trauma: Lyrics and Narratives (Moderator: Lecturer Heather Holcombe)

  • Elizabeth Schleisman, "The Prayer of Our Bones"
  • Zuhrat Inam, "Hope"
  • Claire Fallon, "Maximalist"
  • Kaylee Anderson, "I Spy"

11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Panel 2 - Meaning: Media's Influence on Society and the Individual (Moderator: Senior Lecturer Ann Tandy-Treiber)

  • Sam Roberto, "The Language of Gift Giving in Beowulf"
  • Crystal Kastl, "Simply the Best: Jingoism in A Study in Scarlet"
  • Olivia Latimer, "Feminine Authority and Victorian Horror: Mythic Reflections in the Characters of Bram Stoker and L. Rider Haggard"
  • Abbey Benning, "Baseball on the Radio: A Story of History, Gender, Family, and Home"

12:00 - 12:45 pm: FUSE Faculty Lunch

12:45 - 1:30 pm: Student Internship Panel (Moderator: Career Counselor Joyce Halverson)

  • Elizabeth Baxter, Park Square Theatre Intern
  • Ariana Coon, Museum of Russian Art Intern
  • Aubrey Asleson, Graywolf Marketing Intern
  • Ben Schroeder, UMN Press Intern

1:40 - 2:40 pm: Panel 3 - Doorways, Loss, and Labels: Genre- and Consciousness-Bending (Moderator: Lecturer John Pistelli)

  • Ben Schroeder, "This Is a Shim"
  • Danylo Loutchko, "Beckett through Adorno: Understanding Beckett's Artistic Autonomy"
  • Amy Verrando, "A Narrative Exploration on Loss"

2:40 - 3:30 pm: Milk & Cookie Social