UPDATE: [General] Challenging Faith: Intersections of Belief and Doubt in Literature, Composition, and the Profession

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The University of New Hampshire English Graduate Organization is proud to
announce the speakers for our upcoming 2008 Graduate
Conference “Challenging Faith: Intersections of Belief and Doubt in
Literature, Composition, and the Profession” to be held March 7-8. This
year’s speakers will be Patricia Bizzell, Meredith Hall, and Sharon
O’Dair. We are thrilled that they have all agreed to speak on various
aspects of the conference theme. See below for more detailed information
about each speaker.

We are also announcing a change to our proposal deadline; the new
deadline is Monday, December 10th by noon.

Patricia Bizzell teaches composition, rhetoric, and literature courses at
The College of the Holy Cross; founded and directed Holy Cross's Writing-
Across-the-Curriculum and Writer's Workshop Programs; directed Holy
Cross's College Honors and English Honors Programs; chaired the English
Department; served as president of the Rhetoric Society of America; and
won the National Council of Teachers of English Best Book Award. She has
written and edited influential books and essays on rhetorical history,
students' entrance to/experience of academic discourse, the relationship
of feminist, ethnic, racial, and religious identities to rhetoric, and
the relationship of postmodernism and antifoundationalism to composition
and rhetoric.

Meredith Hall, who graduated from Bowdoin College, wrote her first
essay, “Killing Chickens,” in 2002. Two years later, she won the $50,000
Gift of Freedom Award from A Room of Her Own Foundation, which gave her
the financial freedom to devote time to Without a Map, her first book.
Her other honors include a Pushcart Prize and notable essay recognition
in Best American Essays; she was also a finalist for the Rona Jaffe
Award. Hall’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Creative
Nonfiction, The Southern Review, Five Points, Prairie Schooner, and
several anthologies. She teaches writing at the University of New
Hampshire and lives in Maine.

Sharon O'Dair received her PhD from UC Berkeley and is a professor of
early-modern literature at the University of Alabama and the Director of
the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies. She is the author of a
book entitled Class, Critics, and Shakespeare: Bottom Lines on the
Culture Wars, and numerous articles on Shakespeare as well as on the
nature of literary study and the class interests that it serves. She is
currently working on two books, one on the profession of literary study
entitled Elitist Equality: Class Paradoxes in the Profession of English
and the second on Shakespeare and film called The Eco-Bard: The Greening
of Shakespeare in Contemporary Film. She is also editing a special issue
of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation
on "Shakespeareans in the Tempest: Lives and Afterlives of Hurricane

To view the call for papers or access other conference information,
please visit http://www.unh.edu/ego/conference/.

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