QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking (SAMLA: 11/8-10/13)

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SAMLA (South Atlantic Modern Language Association) 2013 Conference, Atlanta, GA

We live in a world of people who seemingly cannot stop talking! Oft times it presents a competition of who is able to attract the most attention. This session will explore the premise of Susan Cain's book,Quiet. People who prefer reading to partying or listening to speaking are considered introverts. They are innovative and make significant contributions, but dislike self
-promotion. They are often labeled "quiet" and sometimes this description alludes to negative connotations. Perhaps their being
quiet is a personality characteristic or a product of their environment; perhaps their reserved nature is due to the hesitation of self-expression. However, from Van Gogh's
Sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer, the "quiet ones" have made immeasurable and invaluable contributions to
our society and life as we know it. This panel will discuss the effect of introverts and quiet people on and in our world,
and the philosophies associated with this type of labeling. Analyzed literary works, as well as personal experience papers (i.e., creative non-fiction pieces or personal narratives) are
welcome. By June 25, 2013, please submit a 250-word abstract to
Smyrna@nova.edu or ESLCARE@aol.com. Conference website: https://samla.memberclicks.net/conference