2013 Undergraduate Student Conference

Capping a semester-long planning process, Constance Bailey, along with her Studies in African American Literature class, convened an undergrad student conference, Friday April 26, in Lloyd Hall on the Gulf Park campus.  The event featured keynote addresses by Dr. Douglas Bristol (Associate Professor of History—“The Outsider Within the War Department: Truman K. Gibson, Jr. and the Military Civil Rights Movement During World War II”) and Dr. Will Watson (Associate Professor of English—“Borderlines: Thoughts on ‘Passing,’ Poetry and the Hidden Injuries of Class” and panels moderated by Bailey, Dr. Marie Leonard (Assistant Professor of Sociology), Dr. Casey Maugh (Assistant Professor of Communication Studies) and Susan Mullican (Instructor of Philosophy).  Dr. Maugh also presented a paper (“Building Public Memory: The Rhetorical Construction of Two Virginia Slavery Museums”) on one of the panels.  

USM students who gave papers were as follows: 

  • Ashley Hatley, “Your Place or Mine? A Closer Look at the Spaces in Octavia Butler’s Wild Seed and Gloria Naylor’s Mama Day.”
  • Blair Bermond, “Quicksand and The Interesting Narrative of Olauduh Equiano.”
  • Ashley Bowman, “Sing Me a Liminal.”
  • Brandon Riffle, “One Love: The Conscious Connection between Hip Hop Music & Literature-An Examination of the work of Nas & Richard Wright.”
  • Heather Hester, “The Space Between Love and Who We Really Are: The Bachelor and An-Autobiography of An Ex Colored Man.”
  • Matthew Germenis, “The Smoke King,” Illusion, Identity, & Soul Searching in The Souls of Black Folk.”
  • LaQuita Gresham, “You Be You, I Be Me: Constructing an Identity in the Midst of Conformity.”
  • Regina Story, “Yin and Yang: The Liminality of Race in The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man and Quicksand.”
  • Tiffany Morris, “A Teenager’s Love Affair with the Undead.”
  • Colleen Smith, “Resurrecting the Vampire: A Critical Interrogation of Octavia Butler’s Fledging”
  • Ashley Booth, “They Put a Spell on You: Witches and Casters in Wild Seed and Beautiful Creatures.”
  • Ambere Riggs, “The Liminality of the Physician’s Oath: A Look at the Medical Ethics of the Medical Drama House, M.D.”
  • James Gunn, “The Liminal Patient: Supernatural versus Scientific Healing in Black Speculative Fiction.”
  • Danielle Wagner, “Between Gods and Mortals: Complimentary Dualities in Octavia Butler’s Wild Seed.”
  • Hillary Dedeaux, “Wild Seed Meets 50 Shades of Grey: Gender Issues in African American Literature and FanFiction.”
  • Arlanderia Whitlock, “Hair & Identity Politics in Spike Lee’s School Daze.”
  • Simona Strianese, “Natasha Tretheway’s ‘Bellocq’s Ophelia’ and Nella Larsen’s Quicksand: A Discussion on Liminality and the Tragic Mulatta.”
  • Ethan Lee, “Do or Do Not, There is No Try: Finding a Space for Our Heroes.”

If you see any of these students congratulate them on a job well done.