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Xavier professor to keynote English graduate conference

Nov 13, 2013 |

Students in St. Bonaventure University’s master’s program in English are hosting a two-day graduate conference Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16.

Tyrone WilliamsTitled “Concepts in Identity,” the conference features presentations from graduate students of a dozen colleges and universities, including Washington State, Clemson, Rutgers, Case Western Reserve, Mercyhurst, University at Buffalo, Buffalo State, Xavier, East Carolina, Manchester Metropolitan, SUNY-Oneonta and St. Bonaventure.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Tyrone Williams, professor at Xavier University. His talk will be held from 12:30-2 p.m. at this week’s Friday Forum, a subsidized lunch ($3) open to all faculty and staff at the University Club. (Lunch begins serving at noon.)

Williams teaches literature and theory and is the author of five books of poetry: “c.c.” (Krupskaya Books, 2002), “On Spec” (Omnidawn Publishing, 2008), “The Hero Project of the Century” (The Backwaters Press, 2009), “Adventures of Pi” (Dos Madres Press, 2011) and “Howell” (Atelos Books, 2011). He is also the author of several chapbooks, and his poems have been published in magazines, including Chicago Review, Denver Quarterly, The Kenyon Review, Caliban, Colorado Review, and XCP.

At 6 p.m. Friday in the Walsh Center Auditorium, Friedsam Memorial Library director Paul Spaeth will discuss the interactions between Robert Lax and Jack Kerouac. 

“The conference is the second organized by English graduate students in recent years. In addition to regular seminar studies and thesis research, instructional duties, and Plassmann Writing Center operations, the student organizers have invited to our campus speakers from more than a dozen different universities,” said Dr. Kaplan Harris, director of SBU’s English graduate program.

The funding of the conference was made possible in part by a donation from university trustee Laurie Branch, Harris said.

Williams’ talk is also sponsored by the Visiting Scholars Committee and is part of the Visiting Poets Series this fall. Williams will also attend Harris’ literature courses on Thursday to talk about Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement.

The complete conference schedule:


Friday, 8:30-9 a.m, Murphy 107

A brief introductory message from the conference organizers, giving an overview of the conference events and answering any questions.


Friday, 9:15-10:30 a.m., Murphy 107

Rosella Sorte (Manchester Metropolitan University): “My Journey from the South to the North Across and Between the Political Borders of Europe, and the Critical Borders of the Research through Food Stories”

Mary-Lynn Chambers (East Carolina University): “The Impact of the Harlem Renaissance on the Development of African American Identity Revealed in African American Literature”

Monica Edwards (St. Bonaventure University): “Material Identity and Estrangement in The Waste Land.” 


Friday, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Murphy 107

August Johnson (SUNY Oneonta): “Porch Punk: Life is to Create Art, Work, and Love”

Mary-Lynn Chambers (East Carolina University): “The Unveiling: African American Identity in an Online College Classroom” 

Gregory Sullivan (Rutgers University): “Issues of Identity for the Southern Writer Living in the North”


Friday, 12:30-2 p.m., University Club

A luncheon featuring keynote speaker Dr. Tyrone Williams.


Friday, 2:15 - 3:30, Murphy 107

Jennifer Lodine-Chaffey (Washington State University): “Sarah Waters’ Affinity: Same Sex Desire and Class Identity” 

Juliette Arico (University at Buffalo): “The Bare Life of Motherhood: Vitality, Natality, and Female Identity in Nella Larsen’s Quicksand”

Joelle Lynn Mann (Buffalo State College): “Sixteen: Joelle Mann: The ‘Haply Hysterics’ of The Womanhood: Brooks and the Anxiety of Representation.” 


Friday, 6-7 p.m., Walsh Auditorium

Paul Spaeth will discuss the interactions between Robert Lax and Jack Kerouac. Lax’s papers are archived at Saint Bonaventure. Spaeth is the director of Saint Bonaventure’s Friedsam Memorial Library, a rare books librarian, and the curator of the Lax archives. More information on Saint Bonaventure’s Robert Lax collection is available at the following address: 


Saturday, 8:45-10 a.m., Murphy 107

Eithne Amos (Mercyhurst University): “Claiming Humanity: Illusions of Identity in Blade Runner”

Caleb Milligan (Clemson University): “Someone Else’s Apocalypse: The Illusion of the Other in Don DeLillo’s White Noise” 

Anna Schuer (Case Western Reserve University): “Conflating Consciousness and Dreaming the Divine: A Case Study of Salvador Dalí’s The Dream” 


Saturday, 10:15-11:45 a.m., Murphy 107

Reymundo Lariosa (Mercyhurst University): “El Güegüense: Satirical Theater of Colonial Authority”

Molly Hunter (Mercyhurst University): “The Beetle versus Marjorie Lindon: Perception and Reality in the New Woman Debate”

Jacob Ochs (Mercyhurst University): “Yehuda Amichai: An Echo of Israel”

Alethea Gaarden (Mercyhurst University): “Anxiety, Mesmerism, and the Other: The Subversive Power of Mesmerism in Marsh’s The Beetle”


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