Language and Literature


Streamlines: An Undergraduate Conference Celebrating Language, Literature, and Writing


On Saturday, November 5, 2016, Clarke University, Loras College and University of Dubuque will host Streamlines, an opportunity for undergraduate students at colleges and universities to share scholarship and creativity. The conference will be held at the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa, and is open to all interested college students and faculty.  

We are pleased to announce this year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Barbara 
Lounsberry. Barbara Lounsberry was born and raised in Iowa and just retired as a Professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa.  She has written books on literature and writing, and had the fun of editing three mystery novels set in Iowa, with each chapter written by a different Iowa author.  Her latest books are for those interested in diaries or in Virginia Woolf. Lounsberry was named UNI's Distinguished Scholar in 1994 and was named UNI’s Outstanding Teacher in 1998.

To view a downloadable Streamlines flyer, click here.

To view conference programs, click on the links below:

2016 Streamlines Program 
2015 Streamlines Program 
2014 Streamlines Program
2013 Streamlines Program
2012 Streamlines Program
2011 Streamlines Program 
2010 Streamlines Program
2009 Streamlines Program 
2008 Streamlines Program


To submit a proposal:

  • Paper proposals: Submit a 300-word abstract and your paper by Wednesday, October 5, 2016, using the online submission form. The complete paper should be no more than 7 pages in length. For questions regarding submissions contact Michele McKinlay, English Faculty and Research Writing Coordinator, at (563)-589-3678 or at

  • Panel presentation proposals: Submit a 1.5-2 page detailed outline of the presentation with the name and email address of the faculty member with whom you are working on this project by Wednesday, October 5, 2016, by completing the online submission form. For questions regarding submissions contact Michele McKinlay, English Faculty and Research Writing Coordinator, at (563)-589-3678 or at

  • Creative writing proposals: Submit a 300-word abstract and the complete work(s) by Wednesday, October 5, 2016, via the online submission form. Poetry submissions: maximum of 3 poems may be submitted. A poem should be no longer than 7 pages. For questions regarding submissions contact Michele McKinlay, English Faculty and Research Writing Coordinator, at (563)-589-3678 or at

  • Note: abstracts and complete papers must be submitted by October 5.
  • Participants will be notified of selection by Sunday, October 16, 2016.
  • Please note: submissions longer than 7 pages in length will not be accepted. Limit: three submissions per person.

Suggested paper/presentation topics (in English or Spanish):

  • Literature of the Americas
  • British literature
  • Global/world literature
  • Modern languages
  • Linguistics
  • Creative writing
  • Rhetoric
  • Women’s studies
  • Literacy studies
  • Women’s literature
  • Literary theory
  • Teaching language/literature/writing


If you are not submitting a paper proposal, but are interested in attending the conference, click here to register by October 28. Cost for the event is $25 to cover the cost of meals. Registration will not be accepted after October 28.


There is a block of rooms reserved at Holiday Inn Express for Friday and Saturday, November 4 and 5. The rate is $77 per room (2 double beds) and includes a hot breakfast buffet. Reservations must be made by October 18. Call 1(877)410-6667 to make a reservation.

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