Conference Program

*Schedule below is subject to change.*

Breakfast, Refreshments, and Check-In: 9:00 – 9:30

Session 1: 9:40 – 10:40

Panel 1: FANTASTIC RELATIONSHIPS
Location: Lake View Terrace Room
Moderator: Dr. Ranita Chatterjee

“Revealing the Other: Problematic Representation and Treatment of Non-Wizards in Harry Potter
Jackie Hymes (CSU Northridge)

“Le Linnathon: Tolkien’s Use of Music As a Connection Between Mythic Traditions”
Lillian Thiemens (CSU Northridge)

“Hodge Podge Bands of Misfits: On Their Own Since 1988: The Intersection of Adult-Child Relationships in Matilda and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Karissa Caperina (CSU Northridge)

Panel 2: INTERSECTION BETWEEN LIFE AND ART: WHAT LURKS BENEATH THE SURFACE
Location: Burbank Room
Moderator: Dr. Leilani Hall

“Lines Composed at the Intersection of Plain & Sky: Poetry & The Empathetic Imagination”
Marci Vogel (USC)

“A Pretend Pall Mall”
Melisa Malvin (CSU Northridge)

“Poetry As Cure for Dissociation”
Cody Deitz (CSU Northridge)

“An Angel Fell Out of My Mother and Other True Stories”
Susana Marcelo (CSU Northridge)

Panel 3: SCREENING GENDER AND SEXUALITY
Location: Pasadena Room
Moderator: Dr. Steven Wexler

“The Unacknowledged Hero: Andy Warhol’s Contribution to the Gay Liberation Through His Underground Films”
Richard-Edward de Vere (CSU Northridge)

“Confronting Masculinity and Femininity: Gender in Luis Buñuel’s Mexican Cinema”
Kelsey Rae Winiarski (Bowling Green State University)

“Gender Representation and Adaptation: Tyler’s and Kasdan’s The Accidental Tourist
Kathryn King (Loyola Marymount University)

Session 2: 10:50 – 11:50

Panel 1: CONTEMPLATING JANE AUSTEN IN A CONTEMPORARY CONTEXT
Location: Lake View Terrace Room
Moderator: Dr. Danielle Spratt

“The Abominable Independence of Elizabeth Bennet: Space, Power, and the Proto-Feminist Heroine in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
Nina Moon Ahn (CSU Northridge)

“Chasing Windmills in Persuasion: Austen’s Mastery of Arabella’s Illusion of Love”
Lizette Hernandez (CSU Northridge)

“Creating Janeites: Jane Austen and Young Adult Literature”
Hannah Jorgenson (CSU Northridge)

Panel 2: AMERICAN LITERATURE ON THE HYBRID THRESHOLD
Location: Burbank Room
Moderator: Dr. Nathaniel Mills

“Identity Initiation: Queer Theory Reading of Capote’s Other Voices, Other Rooms”
Roza Gabrielyan (CSU Northridge)

“Everywhere Broken Glass: Attraction, Abjection, and the Haunted Self in Joyce Carol Oates’ ‘Haunted’”
Trista Payte (CSU Northridge)

“Bar Politic: An Ethnographic Study of Dive Bars and Their Depiction in Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh
Rolando Rubalcava (CSU Northridge)

Panel 3: LIMINALITY OF RACE AND GENDER
Location: Pasadena Room
Moderator: Dr. Joseph Allen Boone

“Feminist Revisionary Mythmaking in Forugh Farrokhzad’s Poetry”
Sanam Shahmiri (CSU Northridge)

“My Body, The Cross I Bear”
Leah Gomez (University of the Incarnate Word)

“Gender and Pinay Interarticulations and Postcolonial Resistance”
Claudia Lodia (California Institute of Integral Studies)

Lunch 12:00 – 1:00

Session 3: 1:10 – 2:10

Panel 1: GUIDING THE LINE OF AUTHORSHIP AND POWER
Location: Lake View Terrace Room
Moderator: Dr. Ian Barnard

“Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte Darthur: A Transformational Piece in the History of the English Language”
Kimberly Lewis (CSU Northridge)

“Critical Transitions: A Cognitive-Development Approach to Collaborative Learning in First-Year Composition”
Angeline Olliff (CSU Northridge)

“Overdetermined Unreliability and The Remains of the Day”
Kirk Sever (CSU Northridge)

Panel 2: THE WORLD IS TOO MUCH WITH US
Location: Burbank Room
Moderator: Dr. Charles Hatfield

“Gender and the Posthuman”
Ellen Moreh (CSU Northridge)

“Sections of Thesis on Fantasy Texts”
Dylan Altman (CSU Northridge)

“The Subversive Game: What Katniss Everdeen Can Tell Us About The State of Feminism in a Media-Driven Capitalist Culture”
James Bezerra (CSU Northridge)

“Subaltern Cannibalism: Power Relations and Identity Politics in World War Z
Bianca Batti (San Diego State University)

Panel 3: MEDITATING POSTMODERN SPACES
Location: Pasadena Room
Moderator: Dr. Kent Baxter

“Mr. Derrida Has his Day in Court: The Intersection where Linguistic Theory Impacts Practical Decision-making in our Sense of Justice and “Normative Behavior”
John Kubler (CSU Northridge)

“From I to Ether”
Eric Barnhart (CSU Northridge)

“Building Something Out of Nothing (or Vice Versa) in Tino Sehgal’s This Progress
Cyle Metzger (UC Riverside)

Session 4: 2:20 – 3:20

Panel 1: THE LOCUS OF LANGUAGE, LITERACY, AND FIRST-YEAR COMPOSITION
Location: Lake View Terrace Room
Moderator: Dr. Iswari Pandey

“A New Chapter”
Claus Offersen (CSU Northridge)

“Secondhand Language”
Anthony Teart (CSU Northridge)

“One in Nine Thousand”
Christian Sotelo (CSU Northridge)

“Intersections of Language and Power in Amy Tan’s The Bonesetter’s Daughter
Matthew Del Mundo (CSU Northridge)

Panel 2: FROM STUDENT TO SCHOLAR: A PANEL OF TAFT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Location: Burbank Room
Moderator: Prof. Corinne Martin

“How I Met Your Smother”
Caden Bohn

“The Lady Behind the Curtain: Raunch Culture in Today’s Society”
Mina Delavar

Breaking Bad Ozymandias: The Meth Empire’s King of Kings”
Vanessa Venner

“Lisbeth Salander: Dragon of Gender Equality”
Arianna Sapna Venner

Session 4: 3:30 – 4:30 – Keynote Speaker

Location: Flintridge Room

“Intersections, Interventions, and the Homoerotics of Orientalism”
Dr. Joseph Allen Boone (Professor of English and Gender Studies at USC)

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