La Sierra’s grad conference draws 24 presenters from Calif., China schools
February 9, 2011
By Darla Martin Tucker
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – (www.lasierra.edu) They hail from two Golden State university systems, two private schools and one university in China, and they are coming to La Sierra University.
In total, 24 graduate students from these institutions and La Sierra will gather here on Feb. 18 to present papers on numerous humanities subjects, discuss academics, learn new concepts and network with each other during La Sierra’s third annual Natures Conference. The humanities event is titled “Textual Politics: Inspiration, Influence, Participation.”
Throughout the day the students will present papers in concurrent sessions on a variety of topics including art, film, history, and religion. Their presentations will take place under various sections including “Philosophical Inspiration in Textual Productions,” “Interpreting Politics as/in Literature,” and “The Influence of Religious Politics on Reading Texts.” The sessions begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m.
At 11 a.m., J. Scott Bryson, professor of English at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles will give a plenary address in LSU’s Cossentine Hall 100 on “Place, Space and Los Angeles: Defining “Nature” in the City of Freeways and Concrete.” At 12:50 p.m., Bryson will lead a discussion in the Cactus Room, Dining Commons for conference participants on academic life. The talk is titled “From Nature Poetry to Urban Landscape: An Academic Career Move.”
The presenting graduate students represent eight universities: La Sierra University; National Chung Cheng University, China; University of California, Riverside; University of California, San Diego; California State University, Dominguez Hills; California State University, East Bay; Claremont Graduate University; and California Baptist University in Riverside.
La Sierra’s English and Communication Department and the College of Arts and Sciences hosts the annual Natures conferences. Dr. Lora Geriguis, assistant English professor and director of the Master of Arts in English program is faculty sponsor for the event. She announced the conference through the University of Pennsylvania’s call-for-papers Web site and personally contacted previous conference participants.