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Dubuque Colleges Host “Streamlines” Literary Conference at Clarke, Nov. 8

posted on October 13, 2008

The language and literature departments at Clarke College, Loras College and the College of Dubuque will host “Streamlines,” an undergraduate conference celebrating language, literature and writing, on Saturday, Nov. 8, on the Clarke campus. The first of its kind in the area, the day-long conference is designed to be an opportunity for undergraduate students at regional Colleges and universities to share their scholarship and creativity.

Students and faculty from throughout the region will present and attend at the conference and the event is open to all interested College and high school students and faculty. Registration is available on-line at www.clarke.edu/streamlines. Cost for the conference is $20 to cover the cost of meals for the day.

“Very rarely do undergraduate students get the opportunity to share their work in such a public venue,” said Ann Pelelo, Ph.D., associate professor of English at Clarke and one of the conference organizers.  “Conferences are usually for graduate students and established faculty members. This conference is aimed at giving undergraduate students the opportunity to present their work and be recognized for it.”

Streamlines will feature a variety of paper presentations and workshop sessions by undergraduate students from across the region. Faculty members from the three Dubuque Colleges will present a panel discussion on job prospects and graduate school preparation for College students majoring in language and/or literature, as well as how to get creative work published.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Katherine Fischer, MFA, chair of Clarke’s language and literature department and author of “Dreaming the Mississippi” and the forthcoming book “That’s Our Story and We’re Sticking To It,” co-authored with Rebecca Christian. The day will conclude with an open-mic forum at 7 p.m., at which creative writers will be invited to share readings of their works.

For more information, visit www.clarke.edu/streamlines. Media requesting more information can contact the Clarke College Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.

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