Preliminary Conference Structure


10 – 10:10: Opening activity: Introductions + brief quotation, with slides

10:15 – 11:05

Writing & Social Change

Tracy, Yazmin, Lisa, Chani; Moderator, William Orchard

How do various writers seek to catalyze or guide social change through their work? What literary forms do they devise to effect the kinds of change they seek?

11:10 – 12:00

Kids, Teens, & the Developing Mind

Zainab, Brandon, Kelly, Zahava; Moderator, Carrie Hintz

How does literature by or about children and young adults portray the developing mind? How are the minds of children and adolescents distinct from those of adults? What role might literature play in the psychological development of kids and teens?

12:00 – 12:30 Lunch


Panel: Re-Making Humans: Experiments in Fiction, Television, and Visual Art

Sarah, Asheka, Krystal, Sumaria; Moderator, Seo-Young Chu

Why is “the human” tricky to define? What’s the relationship between fictional humans and actual humans? How do artists question or expand ideas about what defines the human? Are we already post-human, or transhuman?

1:40 – 2:30

Mind, Self, & Perception

Caitlin, James, Michelle, Radheeka, Ikram; Moderator, Andrea Walkden

What is the relationship between mental states and identity? How might certain states shape identity in unexpected ways? How does perception shape reality? How do writers experiment with literary forms to explore elusive questions about the mind, self, and perception?





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