For the Love of Literature – STU Hosts Annual Atlantic Undergraduate English Conference
Published: Monday, Apr 2, 2012
This month, the St. Thomas English Department hosted 60 students of English literature at the 31st Annual Atlantic Undergraduate English Conference.
Over the course of three days, students from Dalhousie, UNB Fredericton, UNB Saint John, University of Prince Edward Island, Acadia, Crandall, St. Francis Xavier, Cape Breton University, Mount Allison, Mount Saint Vincent, Memorial and St. Mary’s presented academic and creative pieces.
STU students Andrea Peters, Emily Bosse, Patrick O’Reilly, Mikala Gallant, Allyson Groves and Laura Noble waved the flag for STU’s own English Department.
The three-day conference was put on by students, for students, with the help of St. Thomas University’s Chair of the English Department, Dr. Kathleen McConnell.
“The conference was important to the English students in this region as it is a chance to be recognized publicly beyond their own campuses,” said McConnell.
Keynote speaker for the conference was award-winning author, poet, educator and storyteller, Sherre Fitch.
Fitch, a St. Thomas graduate, spoke on the topic of “How every English student goes forth and multiplies,” bringing her own poetry to life while recounting stories of her own experiences within the realm of reading, writing, teaching and learning.
“The AAUEC was a complete success! We had wonderfully diverse panels and papers that were presented at the conference,” says Caitlin Pawulski, coordinator for the AAUEC.