English Students Present on Professional Undergraduate Research Panel

December 19, 2016

Department of English PresentingST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – Brooke Powell ’18, a history and English double major of Akron, Ohio, and Garrett Graber ’17, an English major of Navarre, Ohio, recently sat on a panel devoted to undergraduate research at the Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA) annual conference.

The panel was chaired by Justin Hastings ’96, who is also a product of the Department of English at the University of Mount Union and now teaches at Loyola University in Chicago.

Each year, the MMLA Conference has a theme, and 2016’s was “Border States.” The theme is inspired by the culturally rich city of St. Louis and its continued reminder of both stubborn divisions and promising coalitions across lines of race, class, region and nation, per the MMLA’s website. 

Powell presented her paper, “A Different Kind of Battlefield: Gender and War in ‘Editha’ and ‘Flowering Judas’” while Graber’s was titled “Circles of Sorrow: The Fabula of History in the Fiction of Toni Morrison.”

“The work that Brooke and Garrett presented at the MMLA conference was really impressive,” said Dr. Andrew Price, professor and chair of the Department of English and the Alice W. and Eric E. Eckler Chair of American Literature and Drama. “Their papers were beautifully written and theoretically sophisticated. They more than held their own with the other students on the panel.”

He continued to speak about how the knowledge students learn in the classroom translates into professional successes, saying, “Our students do more than discuss literature in the classroom. They are emerging professionals, active in their field and making names for themselves and Mount Union.”

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