Annual Conference

Image of person climbing between two books

Image of person climbing between two books
Art by Taylor Daniels, UMN major in Fine Arts

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 by March 24!

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 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, BA alum Tom Rademacher. Rademacher was the 2014 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, and he's written a memoir about teaching: It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching, coming out April 25 on the University of Minnesota Press. Here's a sample!

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 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