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Mount to Host 2019 Sigma Tau Delta Regional Conference

Sigma Tau Delta

Mount chapter student and faculty members at a 2018-19 academic year event.

Mount St. Mary’s University will host the 2019 Sigma Tau Delta Regional Undergraduate Conference, planned around the theme of "The Work of the Artist," on September 21.

sigma-tau-delta-poster.jpgSigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society, was founded in 1924 to confer distinction for high achievement, promote interest in English language and literature, foster exemplary character and fellowship, and exhibit high standards of academic excellence. Among the honor society's more than 900 active chapters is the Mount chapter, Alpha Phi Iota.

The conference seeks to examine the concept of labor in all its forms: intellectual, artistic, physical and otherwise. The theme is taken from Tess Taylor’s Work and Days. Taylor is a contemporary poet, distinguished Fulbright U.S. scholar, and is the on-air poetry reviewer for NPR’s All Things Considered. Work and Days, which was named one of the 10 best books of poetry of 2016 by the New York Times, was inspired by Taylor’s yearlong fellowship in the Berkshires where she interned on a small farm. The 28 poems in Work and Days are a reflection on the project of small-scale farming amidst the backdrop of the challenges facing humanity at the start of the 21st century.

With this theme in mind, possible topics could include but are not limited to:

  • physical labor, intellectual labor, artistic labor;
  • the work of individual artists;
  • gender and work; and
  • child birth labor.

The English faculty, who are organizing the conference, said, “In this current culture of STEM, the good work of our humanities students often gets overlooked. A conference like this gives undergraduate students the opportunity to engage in intellectually-stimulating conversation with others in the discipline and showcase their best work in a pre-professional setting.”

Students from all regional colleges and universities are invited to participate by submitting a paper or panel proposal. While current Sigma Tau Delta members have priority, recent alumni and non-members may also present at the conference. Papers and creative writing produced in courses or independent studies are welcome.

The submission should be an abstract of approximately 200 words and include the following:

  • Author/participant(s) name and current academic status, including Sigma Tau Delta membership (if applicable)
  • Paper/Panel title
  • Name of Institution

Students should send their proposals as attachment to LIT@msmary.edu.

  • Priority Submission Deadline: July 31, 2019
  • Final Deadline: August 31, 2019

“This conference presents a great opportunity for Mount students inspired by literature to share their ideas and talents with similarly minded students from other universities," said Dean of the College of Liberal Arts Peter Dorsey, Ph.D., a member of Sigma Tau Delta. "I am looking forward to learning from them.”