Annual Conference

The annual English Undergraduate Festival in spring semester is a celebration of talent and new ideas emerging from our majors. The 2017 festival, "Adventures in English," takes place the evening of April 6 and all day April 7, in Lind Hall 207A. Submit a proposal to present your academic or creative work!

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.

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

2017 Schedule

Thursday, April 6

6-7 pm: Opening dinner

7-8:30 pm: Ivory Tower magazine presents Creative Writing Showcase with student readings and a special guest literary author

Friday, April 7

9:30-10 am: Breakfast

9:50-10:50 am: Session 1, Student Presentations

11 am-12 pm: Session 2, Student Presentations

12-12:30 pm: English Faculty Lightning Talks: Your professors and instructors describe their research adventures, in five minutes--or less! And they'll stick around for lunch and questions

12:30-1:30 pm: Lunch buffet

1-1:30 pm: Keynote Speaker: An English alum talks about career pathway and takes questions

1:45-2:45 pm: Session 3, Student Presentations

3-4 pm: Session 4, Student Presentations