English: Northwest Undergraduate Conference for Literature (NUCL)
Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature
The University of Portland
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Submissions accepted: December 1, 2014 to January 16, 2015
The Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature creates a professional atmosphere to promote student criticism and challenge student critics. NUCL gives undergraduate and advanced high school students an opportunity to present their own scholarly papers or creative works in organized panels of their peers. Students are able to share and discuss their knowledge through these presentations, and are encouraged to participate in the discussion of fellow NUCL papers. Aside from presenting their papers, and listening to papers written by their peers, students are invited to attend NUCL’s keynote speakers, who are noted academics and writers in the field of literature.
- NUCL is open to college and university students and honors or advanced-placement high school students.
- Conference sessions include 3-4 papers, plus student respondents facilitating discussion.
- NUCL invites 15-18 minute papers embodying your own, fresh response to an English or foreign language literary text, or texts (we will not accept papers longer than 10 pages in length and papers must be written in English). Consult "Submission Information" for more details.
- NUCL invites panel proposals: submit to us 3-4 related papers from your group.
- While the primary emphasis of NUCL is on critical/scholarly writing, NUCL also invites student poets and essayists to submit 1 essay, or 5-7 poems. Those chosen will read their work in a few sessions reserved for original poetry and personal essays.
- On behalf of NUCL, The University of Portland offers prizes and a scholarship for the best papers and works submitted, including the “Brass NUCL Award” for the hardest-hitting paper.
- All whose work is chosen for NUCL will receive official record of their participation.
Tim Dayton, Professor in the Department of English, Kansas State University, specializes in early 20th-century American literature and historical materialist theory. He is the author of Muriel Rukeyser’s The Book of the Dead (Missouri, 2003) and is finishing work on a second book, tentatively titled Patriotic Gore, Revisited: American Literature and Culture and the First World War. As a spinoff from this second book project, he is part of a team developing a digital archive of American First World War poetry, which when completed will make available to scholars and general readers the roughly 375 volumes of poetry wholly or in significant part about the war written by Americans.
Come back to this website frequently for up-to-date information about NUCL, the conference speaker, deadlines, and registration. Or please contact conference chair Sarah Weiger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NUCL is sponsored by the Department of English; the Provost's Office, the College of Arts & Sciences; and the Dean of Admissions, all of the University of Portland
"To talk in publick, to think in solitude, to read and to hear, to inquire, and to answer inquiries, is the business of a scholar." —Samuel Johnson, Chapter VIII, The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia