Sloan Strader ’18 has been awarded a 2016 Summer Research Award. She will examine the journals of Tacoma artist Abby Williams Hill as they relate to Booker T. Washington and the Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University). In correspondence with Washington, Hill was invited to visit Tuskegee during the school’s annual People’s Conference in 1902. In her diary, Hill speaks of her trip to the South and her time spent at this conference. Sloan will study Hill’s diary to obtain a better understanding of how Hill supported the black community, and will compare her record to the information found in speeches, rosters, and pamphlets in the archives at Tuskegee University. Prof. Tiffany MacBain will serve as Sloan's adviser during her summer of archival research. Congratulations, Sloan!
Three of our English majors presented their papers at the Northwest Undergraduate Literature Conference held at The University of Portland in March. This annual conference enables students to share and discuss their knowledge through presentations, and they are encouraged to participate in the discussion of fellow NUCL papers. Melanie Schaffer ’16 (pictured top right) presented “Other People Feel This Too: Audience Participation as Collaborative authorship in Spoken Word Poetry.” Cody Chun ‘17 (pictured left) presented his paper “Meaning Out of Nothing: The Void as Synthetic Principle in Roberto Bolaño's 2666.” Zoe Branch ’18 (pictured bottom right) presented her paper titled "Hope's Endurance in Beauty and Decrepitude." Congratulations Melanie, Cody, and Zoe!
Dan Otsuki ’16 recently published his first book, a collection of short stories titled The Lives We Fear, which has been released as an ebook by Mbedzi Publishing. Drawing on influences as diverse as Stephen King, Flannery O’Connor, Edgar Allen Poe, and The Twilight Zone, Dan's collection is sure to engage the imagination of fans of horror, science fiction, and post-apocalyptic literature. Congratulations Dan!