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LauraPalooza 2015: Through Laura's Eyes - July 16-17, 2015
full name / name of organization:
Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association
The National Laura Ingalls Wilder
Sponsored by the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association and South Dakota State University
We invite submissions of paper, panel, and workshop proposals for review and possible acceptance for presentation at the third LauraPalooza conference, to be held on the campus of South Dakota State University in Brookings on July 16-17, 2015. The conference will be followed by a field trip to De Smet, South Dakota, on July 18.
The theme of this year’s conference reflects the word pictures that Laura drew for Mary when she talked, the ones that Laura created on the printed page, and the way that Helen Sewell and Garth Williams brought them to life. It capitalizes on our Brookings, South Dakota, location and the university’s relationship with South Dakota artist (and distant relative of Laura) Harvey Dunn. Potential presenters are welcome to interpret the theme as they like.
“LauraPalooza” embodies the community spirit, work ethic, and social interaction embraced by the Ingalls and Wilder families. Academic presentations mingle with ice cream socials and spelling bees. Join scholars, writers, and professionals who specialize in Ingalls and Wilder literary, historical, and cultural impacts.
Topics may include:
• Historical and cultural significance of the illustrations in the books by both Helen Sewell and Garth Williams
Submit your proposal in the form of a 700- to 1,000-word abstract, outlining your idea and research, by the end of the day on Rose Wilder Lane’s birthday: December 5, 2014. All proposals should include a 200-word bio as would be appropriate for the conference program. Panel proposals should include bios for all panelists and his/her topic of discussion. Workshop proposals should include an outline of the workshop curriculum and materials needed. Be sure to include all contact information.
We are also accepting proposals for presentations or programs for a potential second Camp Laura, an activity-based conference for elementary school children, running concurrently with LauraPalooza 2015. Please follow the same submission guidelines outlined above, but denote “Camp Laura” at the top of your abstract.
Abstracts should be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, conference co-chair. Acceptance notifications will be sent out via email on the Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday: February 7, 2015. Those with accepted proposals will be expected to register for and attend the LauraPalooza 2015 conference.
More information about the conference, including logistical information such as meeting location and registration, featured speakers, and other announcements will be posted at www.laurapalooza.com and www.beyondlittlehouse.com.