Undergraduate Conference


Due to budgetary restrictions, the Undergraduate Conference on Critical and Creative Engagement has been canceled.  The Department of English continues to seek additional funding opportunities for this valuable event.  If you have any suggestions, please don't hesitate to contact us.


2010 Undergraduate Conference on Critical and Creative Engagement

Friday, October 1, 2010
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Please join us for the fourth annual undergraduate academic conference at University of Wisconsin-River Falls. This conference invites students from all majors to present critical papers on literature and creative writing on any topic.



Heid E. Erdrich has authored three poetry collections, including National Monuments (Michigan State University Press), the soon to be re-issued Fishing for Myth (New Rivers Press), The Mother's Tongue (Salt Publishing's Earthworks series).  She has also co-edited Sister Nations: Native American Women on Community, published by Minnesota Historical Society Press. Heid has been recipient of two Minnesota State Arts Board fellowships, awards from The Loft Literary Center, the Archibald Bush Foundation, and has four times been nominated for the Minnesota Book Award,  which she won in 2009.  

 A member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibway, Heid grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota. She earned degrees from Dartmouth College and The Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars. She and her sister Louise Erdrich recently co-founded a non-profit clearinghouse for indigenous language-centered literature located in Minneapolis called Birchbark House.

Heide E. Erdrich joins keynote speakers from our previous conferences, including Scott Russell Sanders (2009), David Lee (2008),  and Masha Hamilton (2007)


Schedule for Undergraduate Conference Sessions

A Sessions are in the Kinni Theater

B Sessions are in the Willow River Room

Check-In and Coffee, Ames Gallery (outside Kinni Theater)

Session 1A  9-9:50:  New Perspectives on Modernist Writers--Panel Chair, Professor Laura Zlogar, UWRF

Emily Syring, UWRF

            "More Than Just Sex: The Societal Value of Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover"

Harmony Hanson, UWRF

            "Revealing Perspectives: Identity and Self-perception of Joy/Hulga Hopewell and Flannery O'Connor as Depicted in 'Good Country People'"


Session 1B  9-9:50: Memoirs--Panel Chair, Professor Mialisa Moline, UWRF

Stephen Curro, University of Northern Colorado

            "Helping Others Stand"

Rob Walker, University of Northern Colorado

   "Disfigured Talents:  A Tale of Learning Disabilities"


Session 2A  10-10:50: Demons and Dracula--Panel Chair, Professor Michelle Parkinson, UWRF

Amy Windmill, University of Iowa

            "The Sow is Mine: Women's Bodies and Demonic Possession in Film"

Beau Moriarty, UWRF

            "Dracula and the Nineteenth-Century War on Women"


Session 2B  10-10:50: Memoirs (joint with session 1b)--Professor Mialisa Moline, UWRF

Hayley Spurrier, University of Northern Colorado

Alison Evans, University of Northern Colorado

            "No, I Didn't Sleep Well"


Session 3A  11-11:50:  New Readings of Shakespeare--Panel Chair, Professor Michelle Parkinson, UWRF

Sean Brunn, UWRF

            "Ophelia's Madness: A Study of Cause and Effect"

Tiffany Hallin, UWRF

            "Torn to Pieces: The Women of Hamlet"


Session 3B  11-11:50:  Shakespeare in the 21st Century--Panel Chair, Professor David Furniss, UWRF

Rebecca Jones, UWRF

            "The Broken Mirror:  Gregory Doran's Hamlet"

Stefanie Otteson, UWRF

"To Be or Not To Be in the Circle of Life:  Shakespeare in Popular Culture as seen in the Archetypal Themes of Hamlet and The Lion King"


12:00-12:50  Keynote: Heid E. Erdrich, Kinni Theater


Lunch, 1-1:50, Trimbelle Room for conference presenters and guests



Session 4A  2:-2:50:  Rereading Bram Stoker's Dracula--Panel Chair, Professor Steven Luebke, UWRF

Dylan Romanoski, UWRF

            "Sunset on the British Empire: The rise of Dracula and the Decline of the West"

Samantha Zastrow, UWRF

            "Contamination From Within:  Dracula and Horror"


Session 4B:  2-2:50:  New Readings of Shakespeare--Panel Chair, Professor Andrew Bergquist, UWRF

Michelle Stiles, UWRF

            "Richard III and a Commitment to Villainy"

Codey Wittig, UWRF

            "Structure is the Key to Hamlet Analysis"



Session 5A  3-3:50:  Critical Perspectives--Panel Chair, Professor Larry Harred, UWRF

Matthew Davis, UWRF

            "Kurt Vonnegut: The Everyman"

Brandon Paddock, UWRF

            "Longing for Dracula: The Fear of Reverse Colonization in Bram Stoker's Masterpiece"


Session 5B  3-3:50:  Film, Culture, and Criticsim--Panel Chair, Professor Kenneth Olson, UWRF

Amber Pechacek, UWRF

             "Michael Longley's "The Butchers": Mythical Interpretation of the Shankill Butchers"

Christina Washam, UWRF

            "Slices of Stab City: A Memoir of Limerick"

Gloria Meyer, UWRF

            "Uncovering the Bones: A Memoir of Germany"

Conference sponsors: UWRF Literary Society and UWRF Department of English

Contact Dr. Michelle Parkinson for more information.

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