Hattiesburg, Miss., March 26, 2014 - Sisters Nancy and Autumn Barnard of Laurel, who are both students at William Carey University, recently presented conference papers at the 2014 Sigma Tau Delta Annual International Convention held February 26 - March 1 at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront in Savannah, Ga.
Nancy is a master’s student in the English program, and Autumn is a senior English and religion major. The students’ conference papers were selected from over 800 submissions. Nancy’s presentation, “Pattern and Performance,” focused on the influence of impressionistic art in Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night. Autumn’s paper traced hubris in Shelley’s Frankenstein and Hawthorne’s short story, “The Birthmark.” In addition, WCU’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta received special recognition and a plaque for 20 years of affiliation with Sigma Tau Delta. Dr. Marsha Newman, associate professor of English, is the faculty sponsor for WCU’s chapter.
Sigma Tau Delta was founded in May 1924 as an "order designed to promote the mastery of written expression, encourage worthwhile reading, and foster a spirit of fellowship among those specializing in the English language and literature.” The society’s first national convention was held less than a year later in April 1925. This year’s 90th birthday event, which ran from February 26-March 1, featured an exciting line up of speakers which included Justin Torres, author of We the Animals. Besides stimulating paper sessions, attendees could perform at an Open Mic poetry session or take part in a Bad Poetry Contest.