FSC hosts Florida College English Association 2006 annual conference
LAKELAND, Fla. (Nov. 27, 2006) — The English Department of Florida Southern College hosted the 2006 annual conference of the Florida College English Association (FCEA) on Nov. 9 and 10 at the Imperial Swan Hotel and the FSC campus in Lakeland. FSC English professor Keith Huneycutt served as the conference chair.
The Nov. 9 plenary session featured Dr. James Rogers, chair of FSC’s Department of Art & Art History, and Dr. Alexander Bruce, Associate Professor of English, who made presentations on Frank Lloyd Wright and his architecture built on the FSC campus. FCEA members engaged in breakout sessions on topics related to Florida Studies, literary criticism, rhetoric, popular culture, pedagogy and African American Studies. Several sessions featured poets reading their work, notably Daniele Pantano, FSC’s visiting instructor in poetry. In all, approximately 120 speakers and panelists from around the state took part in presentations with many other FCEA members in the audience. The day’s activities concluded with a reception in the grand ballroom of the hotel with music by the Stradivarius Quartet. At noon on Nov. 10, conference activities shifted to the Hollis Room at FSC, where the featured guest speaker, Florida author Tim Dorsey entertained the audience with a speech and readings from his novels.
Many FSC students and faculty members worked together to make the conference a success. Three panels of students made several presentations:
“Talking to the Enemy: Four Students’ Experiences with Rogerian Argumentation” - Dr. Peter Schreffler, Director, Florida Southern College, and student panelists Jennifer Allen (senior from Lexington, Va.), Thomas Banks (junior from Ocala, Fla.), Melissa Iommelli (senior from Rotonda West, Fla.), and Meghan Najduch (junior from Farmington Hills, Mich.).
“Harry Potter: Master of Media and Primary Paradox” - Dr. Paula Buck and Dr. Mary Pharr, Directors, Florida Southern College, and student panelists Lynsay McCaulley (senior from Polk City, Fla.), Kurt Poland (junior from Littleton, Colo.), and Katie Smith (junior from Zellwood, Fla.).
“Peter Matthiessen’s Edgar G. Watson: Hero, Anti-Hero, or Villain? – the Recreation of the Man and the Myth in ‘Killing Mr. Watson.’” - Dr. Keith Huneycutt, Director, Florida Southern College, and student panelists Caylee Moody (junior from Lakeland, Fla.), Megan Hoak (senior from Longwood, Fla.), and Victoria Sandbrook (senior from Davie, Fla.).
In addition, FSC faculty members made these presentations:
“The Black and White of Florida Cracker Lives: Shared Traditions and Recalled Legacies.” Dr. James M. Denham, Professor of History and Director of the Center for Florida History.
“Weaving Together the Threads of Life in Tennyson’s ‘The Lady of Shalott.’” Joy M. Banks, Librarian.
“Learning the Error of Whose Ways? A Discussion of How English Instructors Respond to Student Error.” Dr. Peter H. Schreffler, Associate Professor of English.
“Imaginary Realism: The Poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks as a Conduit for the Emmett Till Story.” Dr. Claudia Slate, Associate Professor of English.
“Putting Susannah in Perspective: Renaissance Constructions of the Apocryphal Susannah as Silent Rhetorical Subject.” Dr. Catherine R. Eskin, Associate Professor of English.
“Judging Mr. Watson: Peter Matthiessen’s ‘Bone by Bone’ and Henry Flagler.” Dr. Keith Huneycutt, Professor of English.
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