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Native Women Language Keepers: Indigenous Performance Practices. Arts-Based Research Symposium with playwright Alanis King

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
Please consider joining us for some of these events if you are around the Mid-West!

January 28th to February 1st 2013, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Aanii! Join us for UM’s sixth arts-based research symposium, a week-long exploration of Native women’s practices as language teachers, activists, and artists. In this week, we’re workshopping a play by celebrated Native playwright Alanis King, and we will work in close connection with Miiskwaasinii’ing Nagamojig (The Swamp Singers), a Michigan-based hand-drum group, to create a praise song for Daphne Odjig’s woodland paintings in the University of Michigan’s archives.
This symposium will marry the strengths of the University of Michigan’s Anishinaabemowin language program, a thriving community of language teachers and learners, with our series of arts-based research symposia, in which we investigate ways of knowing through creative means.
In this week, we want to ask questions about the place of performance and women’s work in language survivance and revitalization, about decolonizing methodologies and performance, about honoring Native women artists, and about intercultural performance practices.

Pre-conference events:

Sunday 27th

2pm, Native Campus Community Meet-and-Greet with Alanis King, CSP Conference Room, Angell Hall, Main Campus

Monday 28th

11.30 to 1, Angell Hall 3222
Presentation by Alanis King, an Odawa Playwright/Director originally from the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, the first Aboriginal woman to graduate from the National Theatre School of Canada, to English and Ojibwa language undergraduate students.

Tuesday 29th

Symposium Start:
Afternoon, 2pm, Duderstadt Center Video Studio, North Campus
Emilie Monnet is an interdisciplinary artist with Anishnabe and French heritage and a graduate of Ondinnok’s First Nations Theatre training program – in partnership with The National Theatre School of Canada (Montreal, 2007). Emilie co-directed and performed Bird Messengers, for which she was awarded the LOGIQ prize for the most outstanding Art/Culture project of 2011. In May 2012, Emilie directed Songs of Mourning, Songs of Life, a musical theatrical show addressing legacies of genocide and the role of art for collective mourning, in collaboration with the Aboriginal women’s drum group Odaya and the Rwandan traditional musical ensemble, Komezinganzo.
She has two works in development: OKINUM, a one-women interdisciplinary performance inspired by her great great grand-mother, and another theatre collaboration with indigenous artists from the Amazon, Colombia. Emilie’s artistic engagement is inspired by years of social activism with indigenous organizations in Canada and Latin America, and community art projects with incarcerated women and Aboriginal youth. Emilie is the founder and Artistic Director of ONISHKA, an arts organization that fosters artistic collaborations between indigenous peoples worldwide while honoring their richness, diversity and resilience (

Evening, Central Campus North Quad, Room 2435:
7pm, Formal Symposium Opening with Heid Erdrich

Poet Heid E. Erdrich, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe, was born in Breckenridge, Minnesota, and raised in nearby Wahpeton, North Dakota, where her Ojibwe mother and German American father taught at the Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school.
Erdrich’s poetry often explores themes of indigenous culture, mothering, and the natural world, using the cadence of oral storytelling and a close attention to sound and meter to drive poems rich with sensory and dreamlike imagery. Erdrich is the author of several poetry collections, including Cell Traffic (2012), National Monuments (2008), winner of the Minnesota Book Award; The Mother’s Tongue (2005), part of Salt Publishing’s award-winning Earthworks Series of Native American and Latin American literature; and Fishing for Myth (1997). In a 2006 review, Twin Cities Daily Planet critic Erin Lynn Marsh described The Mother’s Tongue as “an exploration of our culture’s relationship with the term ‘mother’ and of the beginnings of language.”
With her sister, the writer Louise Erdrich, she founded the Turtle Mountain Writing Workshop. In 2008 the sisters co-founded Birchbark House, an organization that promotes literature written in indigenous languages. The sisters describe their vision on the foundation’s website: “We foresee a vital return to our Native American languages through the efforts of elders that are already underway. In creating ways to keep their words alive, through books, films, teaching and more, we will keep our languages viable and more, we will allow the means for creative fluency, the hallmark of a fully living language.”

Wednesday 30th

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Marcie Rendon workshop.  Duderstadt Center Video Studio, North Campus.

Marcie Rendon (Anishinaabe) is a theatre maker and writer activist who supports and encourages other writers to write in Ojibwe. Among her projects are a writing residency she facilitated on the White Earth reservation as part of a three-phase Project Hoop Residency to create theater projects at a community level.
She will lead a ten-minute play, Friends, which was published in Performing Worlds into Being: Native American Women’s Theater, and which she and the group will translate into Ojibwe for possible production in Winnipeg in 2013.  We will have a reading of the script and then work together on translation issues. With 298 and 323, in Duderstadt

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Angel Sobotta Presentation. CSP Conference Room, Angell Hall

Angel Sobotta (Nez Perce), is a Nez Perce language teacher in the tribal headstart, local schools, and at the Lewis Clark State College in Idaho. She is also a writer and documentary filmmaker of projects like, “’Ipsqilaanx heewtnin’ weestesne – Walking on Sacred Ground – the Nez Perce Lolo Trail” and “Surviving Lewis and Clark: The Niimiipuu Story” both winning the Aurora and Telly awards respectively. She is also a theater maker with the Lapwai Afterschool Programs, teaching language by adapting legends and directing the youth, including “Niimiipuum Titwaatit – The People’s Stories,” an anti-bullying project (2012). Angel is a University of Idaho Interdisciplinary Masters student. Her thesis involves an immersion experience for language teachers by adapting the Nez Perce creation story, written in the Nez Perce language, into a stage play.

Thursday 31st

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Virginie Magnat workshop, Duderstadt Center Video Studio, North Campus
Virginie Magnat is Assistant Professor of Performance at University of British Columbia, Okanagan. She conducts embodied research on transmission processes among women performers from different cultures, traditions, and generations; and draws from Indigenous epistemologies and methodologies to examine the interrelation of lived experience, embodied knowledge, tradition, creativity, and spirituality. Her essay “Can Research Become Ceremony? Performance Ethnography and Indigenous Epistemologies” appeared in summer 2012 in the Canadian Theatre Review.
She will share a workshop called “Sharing Embodied Cultural Knowledge Through Traditional Songs.” In this session, participants will be invited to share/teach/learn traditional songs from their cultural legacy so that we can get to know each other through our songs.

6.00 -8.30 Swamp Women/ Miiskwaasinii’ing Nagamojig workshop, Duderstadt Center Video Studio, North Campus
Create a new praise song with the Swamp Women, Miiskwaasinii’ing Nagamojig, among Daphne Odjig’s’s paintings. Come, sing, drum and be part of the community!

Friday 1st of February

On Friday morning, we’ll gather for a workshop sharing and video recording in the Duderstadt Center Video Studio. 10-1.

In the afternoon, we end our gathering with a presentation by Margaret Noori, followed by a communal reflection on aesthetics, women and performance. 2.00-4.30, Duderstadt Center, Conference Room 1180, North Campus.

Margaret Noori (Anishinaabe) received an MFA in Creative Writing and a PhD in English and Linguistics from the University of Minnesota.  She is Director of the Comprehensive Studies Program and teaches the Anishinaabe Language and American Indian Literature at the University of Michigan.  She is also one of the founders of the drum group Miskwaasining Nagamojig, current President of Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures, one of the Clan Mothers who coordinate the annual Native American Literature Symposium, and member of the Anishinaabemowin-Teg Executive Board.  Her book Bwaajimowin: A Dialect of Dreams in Anishinaabe Language and Literature is forthcoming from MSU Press and her poetry has recently appeared in the Michigan Quarterly Review, Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas and Cell Traffic by Heid Erdrich.  For more information visit where she and her colleagues have created a space for language that is shared by academics and the native community.
She will be work-shopping a chapter from a forthcoming book on Anishinaabe narrative traditions which traces the way “oral” traditions are actually “physical” performance traditions which carry thought into space and allow us to exchange our interpretations of the world around as word which becomes stage dialogue, story, lyrics or poetry.

Contact for information and queries, contact the symposium directors, Margaret Noori and Petra Kuppers: and

Generous Support provided by the Institute for World Performance Studies, the Rackham Dean’s Strategic Funding, OVPR, LSA, the Humanities Institute and the International Institute, the Digital Media Commons – University Library, the English Language and Literature Department, the Women’s Studies Department, the Performance Studies Reading Group, and the Trauma Studies Collective.

Underwater Find in Lake Huron Points to Existence of Ancient Communities

Monday, December 26th, 2011

A recent discovery by a University of Michigan anthropologist points to the existence of hunter-gatherer communities along a 9,000-year-old land bridge now submerged in northern Lake Huron.

John O’Shea, the anthropologist, and his fellow researcher, Guy Meadows, a physical oceanographer, have been exploring the Alpena-Amberley Ridge.

Reports of their investigations can be found here, here and here

David C. Anderson, Pioneering Scholar of Midwestern Literature, Dies At 87

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

David D. Anderson, Ph.D. , 87, university distinguished professor emeritus, Michigan State University,  died December 3 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Mich. Born June 8, 1924 in Lorain, Ohio, Dr. Anderson grew up on the shores of Lake Erie, where he was inspired by stories of the Great Lakes and by accounts of local history. Following graduation from St. Mary’s High School in 1942, he served in the amphibious forces of the US Navy; participated in the Anzio Landing; earned a Silver Star and five battle stars; and when his ship, P.C. 621, was torpedoed and sunk, a Purple Heart.

Maintaining a lifelong connection to his hometown, Dr. Anderson was a longstanding member of Lorain’s Black River Historical Society, its VFW post 451, and American Legion Post 30. At Bowling Green State University, he received his bachelor’s degree in English and geology in 1951, and an M.A. in English the following year. Prior to his teaching years at MSU, he taught at General Motors Institute (Kettering University). He received his Ph.D. in English from Michigan State University in 1961, where he went on to teach first in the Department of English, and for most of his career, in the Department of American Thought and Language.   During 1963-64, he was a Fulbright lecturer in American literature at the University of Karachi, Pakistan.  He retired in 1994.

Author, editor, and biographer, Dr. Anderson’s primary scholarship focused on Ohio and Midwestern literature. A foremost authority on the life and letters of Sherwood Anderson (no relation) and co-founder of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature, Dr. Anderson lectured throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. He published 37 books and hundreds of articles as well as poems, a novel, and a collection of short stories. For the past several decades, Dr. Anderson had been invited by the Swedish Academy to nominate candidates for the Nobel Prize in literature. His many awards include honorary doctorates from Wittenberg University and Bowling Green State University, and the Ohioana Career Award for Professional Accomplishments in the Arts and Humanities, in which he joins past recipients, who include Arthur Schlesinger, Toni Morrison, and John Glenn.

He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 53 years, Patricia A. (Rittenhour) Anderson.

Visitation will be at Palmer, Bush & Jensen Family Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel, Lansing, MI from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday Dec. 8. On Friday Dec. 9, visitation at St. Mary Cathedral in Lansing at 9:00 a.m., followed by the funeral mass beginning at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Bernard Reilly officiating. Visitation in Lorain, Ohio on Saturday, Dec. 10 at Mary, Mother of God Catholic Church, beginning at 10:00 a.m., followed by liturgy conducted by Rev. Fr. James Becherer at 11:00 a.m. and interment in Calvary Cemetery, Lorain, Ohio.

Donations in Dr. Anderson’s memory may be made to the Greater Lansing Area Food Bank, the Patricia A. Anderson Library Endowment Fund for Children’s Books at Michigan State, or the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature.


Princeton Scholar Robert Wuthnow Analyzes the Changes in His Home State of Kansas

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Robert Wuthnow is Chair of the Sociology Department and Director of the Center for the Study of Religion at  Princeton.  He also is a native of Kansas. He has written more than 25 books about religion in public life but his two most recent books are the first of his to deal directly with his home state.

The first, Remaking the Heartland: Middle America since the 1950s, analyzes the many changes which Midwesterners continue to endure.  A New York Times article by A. G. Sulzberger, “Hispanics Reviving Faded Towns on the Plains,” explores one of the changes, the increasing number of Hispanics settling in Western Kansas.

The second, Red State Religion: Faith and Politics in America’s Heartland, “tells the story of religiously motivated political activism in Kansas from territorial days to the present.”

Newberry Library Launches “Indians of the Midwest” Website

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

The Newberry Library announces the launch of a multimedia educational website supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, titled “Indians of the Midwest, Past and Present.” The website focuses on Native people of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio to explore several contemporary issues with roots in the history of the region: tribal sovereignty; hunting, fishing, and gathering rights; casinos and other tribal businesses; treaties; identity; museum collections and repatriation; stereotypes and their uses.

The website includes 43 essays written for a general audience, 700 illustrations with captions, interactive maps, “quizzes” that address misconceptions about American Indians, timelines, primary readings that provide insight into Native perspectives and scholarly research, and annotated bibliographies. Also featured on the website are 32 videos that present the viewpoints of Ojibwa, Ottawa, Potawatomi, Menominee, Ho-Chunk, Oneida, and Dakota individuals on the topics and themes of the website. There are 16 video interviews with leading historians, anthropologists, and museum specialists who offer insights into how they arrive at interpretations of historical and cultural processes.

The “Indians of the Midwest” website also has a keyboard search, a topic search, and an Ask A Question feature that allows the website visitor to email questions to the project staff about the topics on the site. Each month, up to four of these questions are posted on Ask A Question, along with answers from appropriate experts.

For further information:

Brian Mornar, Research Assistant
D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies,The Newberry Library
60 W. Walton, Chicago, Illinois 60610

The Spirit of Indiana As Characterized by the Past

Monday, April 18th, 2011

The Indiana of today is hardly what it once was and yet it seems that the Hoosier state continues to hold onto traditional values. One can gain so much perspective by looking into the writings of the past and the American Guide Series (a result of the Great Depression, the government hoping to encourage tourism) is only one of the places in which historical ideologies can be discerned. Each state has its own distinct story to tell and Indiana’s character is truly unique. In the quest to gain greater knowledge of our state’s spirit one must come to understand the pioneer facet of settlement, the long traditions brought from overseas and the seemingly contradictory aspects of industry and agriculture.

“The pioneer necessarily was hard-working and practical. This new country offered a challenge to muscle rather than to the mind and the early settler contented himself with the limited culture he had brought with him.” (American Guide Series: Indiana, 116). The vast, flat plains of Indiana were a farmers dream. Many traversed long winding trails in order to create a new life. Pioneers were essentially hard workers, with adventurous spirits, contented with the uncomplicated pleasures of life; all values highly prized by Hoosiers to this very day. Simplicity seemed to be the order of life. Spinning tales, competition and confidence were all traits passed on from generation to generation by settler forefathers (American Guide Series: Indiana, 121). Yet, the spirit of Indiana, especially the northwest region, did not come only from pioneers.

Germans, Poles, Hungarians, African Americans, Mexicans and many other ethnic and racial groups found their way to Indiana. Lured by the heavy industries, such as steel, many created homes in the northern part of the state (American Guide Series: Indiana, 174). “The influx of foreign-born workers into the industrial northwest of Indiana has as yet had little effect on him. In general, he has simply accepted them and made a place for them in his community.” (American Guide Series: Indiana, 4). Illustrations of foreign and minority influence on Indiana heritage can be found in traditions and folklore. Although seen as being inferior to the descents of pioneers, these groups seemed to parallel existing values and folklore. Thus blurring the lines between how influenced these groups were by the existing culture and how outside groups affected tradition (American Guide Series: Indiana, 118). One such example is the idea of the ghost. Usually attributed to African American superstition, however, found a niche in almost every Indiana town claiming to have at least one haunted house (American Guide Series: Indiana, 121 and 124). Ethnic, racial and white American spirit came to be expressed through the interesting balance of rural life and industry.

When thinking of Indiana, most bring forth the image of corn. Conversely when thinking of northern Indiana one thinks of steel. Agriculture and manufacturing have discovered a fascinating equilibrium in the state. Migration from rural to city accounts for much of the harmony, but also the sensibilities of the urban culture have also found their way into the country environment. “So the average Hoosier is neither a highly polished urbanite nor wholly rustic.” (American Guide Series: Indiana, 4). Farmers have also embraced industry without finding contradiction to their livelihoods. Instead, are willing to alter customary habits in the name of progress (American Guide Series: Indiana, 5). Thus, Indiana seems to embody a happy marriage between new ideologies and traditional values. Diligence is a virtue and industry is welcome, all while holding onto merits fashioned out of an agricultural society.

Overall, the spirit of Indiana is expressed in multiple ways. Hard working pioneer ideology, simplistic attitude toward life, accepting of differences, progressive, yet continuing to hold on to tradition encompass the Hoosier mindset. The American Guide Series: Indiana is an incredible feat. Although highly biased in its display of the positive virtues of the state, it does capture beliefs that Hoosiers hold dear. Such detail and intrinsic understanding of the state, demonstrates a deep knowledge of the area and the underlying philosophies found in Indiana culture. Upon reading the details unearthed by the American Guide Series, one is taken aback by the depth and range of the project. Knowing that the spirit of Indiana is encapsulated within the pages of this work and that other states were given the same treatment is awe inspiring.

Ohio Goes to War! Call for Conference Papers

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Professor Robert Shelton, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Graduate Program at Cleveland State University, calls for papers celebrating the sesquicentennial (say:  sess-kwih-sen-TEN-ee-ul; that’s 150 years,  folks, bless your hearts) of the Civil War in the Greater Ohio River Valley.

For details on possible topics, go here

Reach Professor Shelton at

Deadline for submitting your proposals is March 15.

The Conference will happen  September 9-10 in Cleveland, OH

(And while you’re there you might be able see a play at the Cleveland Playhouse or the Cleveland Public Theatre,  or hear the Cleveland Orchestra, or see an Indians baseball or Browns football game, depending on their schedules. You would certainly be able to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Cleveland Museum of Art because they are open year round.)

The conference is jointly sponsored by Kent State University Press and the history departments at the University of Akron, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, and Youngstown State University.

Iowa Historical Society Calls for Research Proposals

Friday, January 21st, 2011

The State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) announces a grant program for the 2011/2012 academic year. SHSI will award up to eight research stipends of $1,000 each to support original research and interpretive writing related to the history of Iowa or Iowa and the Midwest. Preference will be given to applicants proposing to pursue previously neglected topics or new approaches to or interpretations of previously treated topics. SHSI invites applicants from a variety of backgrounds, including academic and public historians, graduate students, and independent researchers and writers. Applications will be judged on the basis of their potential for producing publishable work. Grant recipients will be expected to produce an annotated manuscript targeted for The Annals of Iowa, SHSI’s scholarly journal.

Click here for details

Paul Samuelson, Northwest Indiana’s Gift to Economics, Dies at 94

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Paul Samuelson has died at his home in Belmont, MA.  He won the second Nobel Prize in Economics (1970) and wrote the textbook  Economics which transformed the field from a saddlebag of observations, hunches and fables to a rigorously analytical social science.

Read the New York Times obituary here.

Accounts of Samuelson’s life give his birthplace as Gary, Indiana and it is true that he grew up there. But Samuelson told this writer in person once that he was actually born in the town of Wheeler, IN, six miles west of Valparaiso. Our meeting happened when a delegation of Valparaiso University faculty was attending the Tenth Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College in 1974  at which Samuelson was an honored guest.

Samuelson’s life experiences growing up in Gary and Chicago during the boom and depression of the 1920s and 1930s strongly motivated him to choose economics as a profession. The luxury and misery he saw with his own eyes deeply influenced the direction,  intensity, and purpose  of his intellectual analysis.  His life and work demonstrate clearly how advanced academic research can change the lives of ordinary people for the better – and even change what we all think is the gold-standard of everyday living – “common sense.”

We hope that a biography worthy of Professor Samuelson will not be too long in the writing.  Here are links to other tributes:

Paul Krugman

Bruce MacLean

The University of Chicago Magazine Alumni News

List of 2009 Modern Language Association Convention Papers on Midwest Topics

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Source: PMLA Vol 124.6 November 2009


American Indian Literatures

213. Languages in American Indian Literatures

“Oshknishinaabezhibiigejig/New Anishinaabe Writers and Why We Need Them,” Janis Fairbanks, Michigan State University.

526. American Indian Literature and Traditional Ecological Literature

“Anishinabe Ecology in Louise Erdrich’s Master Butcher’s Singing Club,” Marie Satya McDonough, University of Chicago.

Black American Literature and Culture

650. Reading and Race in the Obama Era

“The Obama Phenomenon, Race, and Liberalism,” Justin Leroy, New York University.

“From Ellison to Obama: Dreams of Ultraraciality,” Christopher Powers, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez.

Gay Studies

472. Critical Exuberance

“The Curious Queer Politics of a ‘Post’-racial Obama Nation,” Marlon Bryan Ross, University of Virginia.

“The Neo-New Deal and Why Obama Doesn’t Want to Think about Sex,” Janet R. Jakobsen, Barnard College.

“States of Crisis: Economic Pain and Political Hope in the Age of Obama,” Lisa Duggan, New York University.

Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century American Literature

14. Protomodernisms

“What Did Hamlin Garland Mean by ‘Modernism’?” Christine L. Holbo, Arizona State University.

“The Experimental Realism of William Dean Howells,” Brian McGrath, Rutgers University, New Brunswick.

“Oz’s Colorful Pedagogy; or Modernism in the Kindergarten,” Nicholas Gaskill, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Nineteenth Century American Literature

570. Time after History

“Space into Time: Ambrose Bierce’s Phenomenological Reduction of History,” Jonathan Elmer, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Non-Fiction Prose Studies, Excluding Biography and Autobiography

22. The Open Letter

“The Open Letter from Phyllis Wheatley to Langston Hughes,”  James D. B. McCorkle, Hobart and William Smith Colleges.


567.  Poetry and Publics

“Walt Whitman and the Death of Lincoln,” Michael Cohen, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.

Prose Fiction

96. Justice

“Something Rogue: Justice and Commensurability in Toni Morrison’s Later Fiction,” Megan L. Sweeney, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Sociological Approaches to Literature

352. Futures of Collectivity

“Susan Glaspell’s Stages of Thought,” Katherine Biers, Columbia University.


American Theatre and Drama Society

281. Drama and Lincoln

“Not-So-Civil War: Lincoln’s Image as Presented in Confederate and Copperhead Drama, 1861-63,” Scott Irelan, Augustana College

“Augustin Daly’s ‘Republic of Suffering’: Catharsis for the Middle Class after the Civil War,” Celia Braxton, Graduate Center, City University of New York.

“From Broadway to Gettysburg: Forrest and Lincoln Perform Politics,” David J. Carlyon, Larchmont, NY.

“Suzan-Lori Parks’s Lincoln: An Interrogation Revisited,” Jayne Austin Williams, University of California-Irvine.

750. Presidents and Plays

“’Damn Job’s a Pain in the Ass’: President ‘Chuck’ Smith, Lesbians, and International Adoption in David Mamet’s November,” Robert Vorlicky, New York University.

College English Association

169. The Profane Prairie: Controversial Stories from the Upper Midwest

“Bianca’s Body,” Teresa Milbrodt, Western State College.

“Twin Jack,” Stephen Powers, Gordon College.

“Expect Major Delays,” Zeke Jarvis, Eureka College.

Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society

59. The Hemingway Letters Project: The Making of the Cambridge Edition of the Collected Letters.

Sandra Spanier, Penn State University, University Park; Michael Dubose, Penn State University, University Park; Linda P. Miller, Penn State University, Abington; Robert Trogdon, Kent State University, Kent, OH. 59

698. Hemingway and African American Writers: New Readings and Teachings

“The Unlikely Couple: Ernest Hemingway and Alice Walker (with a few words on Toni Morrison),”Jacqueline Vaught Brogan, University of Notre Dame 698

“Ellison, Hemingway, Wright: Tracing relations inside the Transparent Jug,” Gary Holcomb, Ohio University, Athens.

“Ernest Hemingway and James Baldwin: American Masculinity in Crisis,” Jessica Kent, Boston University

Langston Hughes Society

38. Langston Hughes and Transnational Liberation: Aesthetic Overtures

“Literary Migrations: Transnationalism in the Poetry of Langston Hughes,” Sharon Lynette Jones, Wright State University

“Black Transnationalism and the Political Aesthetics of Ask Your Mama,” John t. Lowney, Saint John’s University, NY

“Langston Hughes and the stereo Acoustics of Global Black Solidarity,” Tsitsi Jaji, University of Pennsylvania.

737. Langston Hughes and Transnational Liberation: Ideological Underpinnings

“Langston Hughes: The Father of a World Black Consciousness Movement,” Tara T. Green, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

“James Mercer Langston Hughes: ‘Poet Laureate,’ ‘Dean of Black American Writers, a Self-Proclaimed ‘Literary Sharecropper,’ ‘Radical Socialist,’ ‘Cultural Ambassador,’ and ‘Possibly One of America’s Earliest Postcolonial Thinkers,” Karima K. Jeffrey, Hampton University

“Engagement in the antifascist Movement and the transnational Liberation of Minorities in the Literary Works of Langston Hughes,” Char Prieto, California State University, Chico

Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature

67.  Sex, Literature, and the Midwest

“Babbitt’s Fairychild,” Marcella Frydman, Harvard University

“ ‘A Fresh Green breast of the New World’: The Great Gatsby and Lolita,” John Rohrkemper, Elizabethtown College

“ ‘It Might Be Something Awful’: The Movement of Sex in the Plays of William Inge,” Michael S. Schwartz, Widener University

“ ‘I’m Fine. I Just Got the Plains’: Geography and Sex in Tracy Letts’s August: Osage County,” Marilyn Judith Atlas, Ohio University, Athens

725. Midwestern Literature: Explorations of Nature and the Natural

“Hamlin Garland and the Landscapes of American Populism,” Jonathan Berliner, University of Southern California

“Familiar with Walden: Gene Stratton-Porter’s Plunge into Indiana’s Swamps,” Carol Elizabeth Dietrich, DeVry University, OH

“Ecology and the National Identity in Lockridge’s Raintree County,” Frederick Oswin Waage, East Tennessee State University

“James Wright, Franz Wright, and Blessing of Compost,” Beverly J. Hogue, Marietta College

Mark Twain Circle of America

579. Mark Twain in the New Millennium

“Staying Power: Twain’s Place in the Twenty-First-Century Classroom and Beyond,” Jocelyn Ann Chadwick, Discovery Education

“The Reading Group in Huckleberry Finn,” Anthony Joseph beret, Saint Joseph’s University

“Science Fiction’s Modest Witness: Ethical Consciousness and the Narration of Destruction and Creation of A Connecticut Yankee,” Juliana Chow, University of California, Berkeley

For abstracts, visit www.honors,

765.  Mark Twain’s Nineteenth-Century Context

“Race, Liberalism, and Huckleberry Finn,” Philip Goldstein, University of Delaware, Wilmington

“Never the Twain Shall Meet: Travel and Double-Consciousness in the Works of Mark Twain and James Weldon Johnson,” Richard Hardack, University of Delaware, Wilmington

“The Persecution and Comfort of Mark Twain’s Fan Letters,” Courtney Bates, Washington University