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Fall 2018 English Capstone Conference

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Date and Time

Friday, December 7, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


  • Kirkhof Center


The English Capstone provides several important opportunities for English majors not offered elsewhere in the curriculum: the opportunity to reflect individually on the intellectual impact of majoring in English (intellectual autobiography); the opportunity to engage in the development and writing of an extended paper (senior thesis); and the opportunity to participate in the public presentation of the thesis work (departmental student conference).

Our Capstone course underscores the department’s principles and values: to cultivate critical reading and reflection; to produce excellent writing in a variety of forms; to speak, read, and write effectively; and to achieve literary, analytical, pedagogical, and theoretical skills.

This conference is the culminating event for the English Capstone course. It requires that students publicly present a project for which they have been responsible from its inception to its final form. The presentation makes concrete the expertise that students have accrued in the research process and allows them to speak as authorities on their topic. No matter what career our students enter, public speaking is an essential skill, as is the act of distilling complex knowledge into a compact yet comprehensible package. Thus, this final assignment for the Capstone course is the one that perhaps most clearly transitions students out of the major and into the next phase of their lives. We see this element of the course as a way to help students recognize each others’ accomplishments—and to help them be proud of their own as they move forward into their various futures.

A complete listing of the Fall 2018 Capstone schedule can be found here.

Students will present in the order in which they appear in this program; a question-and-answer session will follow once all students on the panel have presented their papers.
Refreshments are available to all presenters and their guests, located on a table at the end of the hallway by KC 2270.



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