Conference Presentations

Chair of special topics panel “Scandalous Profession(al)s: Sovereignty, Authority, and Secrecy” with Prof. Desire Ameigh at “Scandal! Literature and Provocation: Breaking Rules, Making Texts,” the 92nd annual conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA), in Jacksonville, FL (transitioned to a virtual conference due to the COVID-19 global pandemic).  Nov. 2020. Watch the panel here.

“‘Countdown to zero’: Systemic Racial Oppression and Black Social Death in Wideman’s ‘Newborn Thrown in Trash and Dies.'” Paper presented at “Can Scandal Promote Societal Change? Perspectives in Fiction, Film, and Popular Culture,” a special topics panel at “Scandal! Literature and Provocation: Breaking Rules, Making Texts,” the 92nd annual conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA), in Jacksonville, FL (transitioned to a virtual conference due to the COVID-19 global pandemic).  Nov. 2020.  Watch the presentation here.

“‘Countdown to zero’: Systemic Racial Oppression and Black Social Death in Wideman’s ‘Newborn Thrown in Trash and Dies.'” Invited to present paper at “Awakenings and Reckonings: Multiethnic Literature and Effecting Change—Past, Present, and Future,” at the 34th annual conference of The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS), in New Orleans, LA.  April 2020. (Conference canceled due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.)

“Echoes of World War I Trauma in Winner Take Nothing.”  Paper presented at the Ernest Hemingway Society Session, “Ambulance Driver: Hemingway and the First World War,” at the 29th annual conference of the American Literature Association (ALA), in San Francisco, CA.  May 2018.

“A Revelation on the River: The Reconciliation of Spirituality and Postmodernism in Hesse’s Siddhartha.”  Paper presented at “Utopia, Dystopia, and the Search for Self,” a special topics panel at “Utopia/Dystopia: Whose Paradise Is It?”, the 88th annual conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA), in Jacksonville, FL.  Nov. 2016.

“‘I’m running this shop’: Reversed Gender Roles and Prostitution in Fitzgerald’s ‘Head and Shoulders.'” Paper presented at “The American Short Story: An Expansion of the Genre,” an American Literature Association (ALA) symposium, sponsored by the Society for the Study of the American Short Story (SSASS), in Savannah, GA.  Oct. 2016.

“‘Study it and git your fill’: Gluttonous and Destructive Voyeurism in O’Connor’s ‘The Lame Shall Enter First.'” Paper presented at the Flannery O’Connor Society Session at “In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts,” the 87th annual conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA), in Durham, NC.  Nov. 2015.

“Feminized Simulations: The Writing Center as Remedial Clinic and Enforcer of the Status Quo.”  Paper presented at “Writing Center Ecologies: Developing and Sustaining our Resources,” the East Central Writing Centers Association (ECWCA) Conference, at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.  April 2009.

“Feminized Simulations: The Writing Center as Remedial Clinic and Enforcer of the Status Quo.”  Paper presented at “Chicagoland Writing Tutors in Collaboration: The Center and Beyond,” the Chicagoland Writing Center Conference, at North Park University, Chicago, IL.  Feb. 2009.

“‘The cursed temptation of writing’: Postmodern Aspects of Vargas Llosa’s The Storyteller.”  Paper presented at Humanities Presentations, Honors Day, at Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, AL.  May 2008.

“‘But a dining-time ‘twixt us and our confusion’: The Preoccupation with Time in Ford’s ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore.”  Paper presented at the 6th annual British Studies Student Symposium, at Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, AL.  Feb. 2008.

“A Look Behind Bars: A Case-Study of Baldwin State Prison.”  Paper presented at “Curiosity: The Spirit of Honors Inquiry,” the 35th annual conference of the Southern Regional Honors Council, in Charlotte, NC.  March 2007.