Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature (NUCL)

Saturday, March 25, 2017

2017 Program

Professor Erica Edwards, of the University of California, Riverside, will offer the Keynote Address: “Critical Thought in Critical Times.” 

Erica Edwards

Professor Edwards specializes in African American literature, gender and sexuality, and black politics and social movements.  She is the author of Charisma and the Fictions of Black Leadership (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), which won the Modern Language Association’s William Sanders Scarborough prize. Her work, published in such journals as American Quarterly, Callaloo, American Literary History, and Black Camera, shows how contemporary African American literature challenges us to think in new ways about the relationships between African American narrative, American popular culture, and the contemporary history of black politics and black social movements. Professor Edwards is currently at work on a book on African American literature and the War on Terror.

NUCL 2016 Program

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.
  • We welcome students to submit papers as part of pre-formed panels; email for more information on how to do this.
  • 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.
  • Prizes are given for best critical paper, best creative submission, best high-school paper, and the "Brass NUCL Award" for the hardest-hitting paper.

  • All whose work is chosen for NUCL will receive official record of their participation.

Come back to this website frequently for up-to-date information about NUCL, the conference speaker, deadlines, and registration. Or please contact conference chair Molly Hiro at

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 public, 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


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