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AAUEC 2018 at the Mount

LAAUEC 2018 Annual Atlantic Undergraduate English Conferenceast weekend, the English Department at Mount Saint Vincent University welcomed students and faculty from eleven universities across the east coast for the Annual Atlantic Undergraduate English Conference (AAUEC), which showcases the academic papers and creative works of the region’s top English students. Founded here in 1981, this was the sixth time that the Mount has hosted the conference. Co-organized by Dr. Reina Green and Dr. Diane Piccitto along with conference assistants Katie O’Brien, Hope Tohme, and Sam VanNorden, the AAUEC 2018 was a resounding success!

Mount students at AAUEC welcome reception

Mount students at the welcome reception: Hope Tohme, Katie O’Brien, Rebecca Foster, and Courtney Francis

The conference began on Friday, March 2, in Seton Academic Centre with a Welcome Reception, where attendees participated in a lively round of icebreaker bingo – facilitated by English Society co-presidents Katie O’Brien and Hope Tohme – and heard a presentation by Formac Publishing to announce “Write to Win!” – a writing competition aimed at Atlantic Canadians 18-30 years old.

The afternoon included the first panel of the conference and was followed by ArtFest, held in the MSVU Art Gallery. Emceed by Alexia Major and Sam VanNordon (co-editors, with other MSVU students, of the Speakman Press), ArtFest featured short stories and poetry of participants and the work of special guests El Jones (MSVU’s Nancy’s Chair in Women’s Studies and poet and activist) and Chantelle Rideout (writer and MSVU English alumna), as well as a welcome address by Dr. Elizabeth Church (MSVU’s Vice-President Academic and Provost).

Day 2 – Saturday, March 3, was held in the Margaret Norrie McCain Centre, giving visitors a chance to spend time in the only building at a Canadian university to celebrate the achievements of women, highlighted in the Women’s Wall of Honour. The second day included four panels, covering topics such as ethics, bodies, politics, and trauma, and even involved one presenter from the Mount, Michelle Russell, Skyping in from Florida where she is training with the Canadian paddling team.

The afternoon ended in the Atrium with the Bad Poetry Reading, which was first begun by Dr. Chris Ferns (Professor Emeritus) in his days as an undergraduate and then initiated at the Mount in the 1980s, having since become an institution in the English Department. Dr. Ferns selected among the very worst poems written by published authors and emceed the event, charming the audience with his entertaining commentary over the course of the hour. Readers included past and current MSVU English students,  faculty members such as Professors Emeritus Dr. Susan Drain and Dr. Peter Schwenger, who performed memorable renditions of “Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight” and “The Tay Bridge Disaster,” respectively. Afterward, participants and volunteers celebrated the two-day conference with a closing-night banquet and dance party – with DJ extraordinaire Dr. Steven Bruhm (former MSVU English student and professor) in Rosaria’s Multi-Purpose Room.

Mount students at AAUEC 2018

Some of the Mount student volunteers. Front, left to right: Katie O’Brien, Nicole Martina, Alex Rudderham, Sidney Warren.  Back, left to right: Sarah Vallis, Darcy Eisan, Sam VanNorden, Megan Bruce, Hope Tohme

The conference was marked by a wonderful energy from beginning to end, creating a stimulating inter-university intellectual community for English students and faculty. See our earlier post here for a list of Mount presenters.

We would like to thank the more than 50 presenters who shared their work at the AAUEC 2018 and the faculty who accompanied students as well as our emcees, guest speakers, and DJ. Thank you also to the President’s Office and the Dean of Arts and Science for their very necessary financial support and to MSVU staff (Catering, Conference Services, Art Gallery, IT Services, Facilities, Communications, Marketing, and Recruitment, Research Office, Book Store, Print Shop, and Security). Finally, a very special thank you to our conference assistants, all of our volunteers, Tracy McDonald (English Department Administrative Assistant), as well as the entire English Department for their instrumental involvement and support over the last several months.

AAUEC dance

AAUEC dance


AAUEC 2018 starts today

Today the Mount welcomes English students from the Atlantic region for the Annual Atlantic Undergraduate English Conference. Students will be reading their academic papers and their creative work today and tomorrow and will be able to enjoy other events, such as the Friday ArtFest (with special guests El Jones and Mount alumna Chantelle Rideout) and Saturday’s always-comical Bad Poetry Reading and closing banquet and dance. The full program is available on the AAUEC website.

The University has published a story about the conference and a couple of the student presenters and volunteers, Samantha VanNorden and Alexia Major, which you can read here.

AAUEC 2018. msvu.ca

Samantha VanNorden and Alexia Major (from msvu.ca)

MSVU students presenting at the conference:

Rebecca Foster, “Howling for Love: Romance and Eroticism in Poetry by Allen Ginsberg”

Katie O’Brien, “‘It makes a goblin of the sun’: Fallen Women and the Male Gaze in Dante Gabriel’s ‘Jenny’ and Christina Rossetti’s ‘Goblin Market’”

Michelle Russell,  “Cross-Cultural Dressing: Clothing and Trauma in Fatty Legs and A Stranger at Home

Kenya Thompson,  “capturing slipping memories”

Hope Tohme, “Sasha Jensen’s Self-Objectification: A Refusal of the Male Gaze in Jean Rhys’s Good Morning, Midnight

Sam VanNorden,  “hanging red”

In addition, a team of student volunteers, including some alumnae, will help to make this event a great weekend for all.

Fall 2017 Convocation

Congratulations to all who graduated on Sunday, November 5th. Fall convocation is always smaller than the spring event but no less important. This year, convocation also included the official installation of Dr. Mary Bluechardt as the new president of the Mount.

Kyle Cross, B.A. Honours in English

Kyle Cross, B.A. Honours

Kyle Cross graduated with a B.A. Honours in English. Kyle is now in the B.Ed. program at the Mount.

Barbara Cochrane, one of the morning Valedictorians, graduated with a B.A. in French and a Writing Minor. She gave a lively address, drawing on her life experiences to give some good advice to the graduates. You can read her profile here. A couple of the English Department’s Writing courses and participation in the Annual Atlantic Undergraduate English Conference are some of the highlights of her Writing Minor experiences:

She remembers her courses in creative writing and editing most fondly. In 2012, she received an award from the Department of English for one of her written works, titled “Passed Down.” The piece focuses on obsessive compulsive disorder, combining parts of her grandfather’s diary from World War I, a poem written by her daughter, and her own obsession with counting as she works. She later presented it at an undergraduate English conference at St. Thomas University.  (From the Mount’s online profile)

Barbara Cochrane Valedictorian 2017

Above: Barbara Cochrane delivering the valedictory address.  Image from the Mount’s Facebook page.

Our students shine at the Atlantic Undergraduate English Conference

2017 AAUEC presenters

Mount students at the AAUEC 2017

Each year, an English Department faculty committee selects among the best of our students’ work in literature and creative writing for presentation at the Annual Atlantic Undergraduate English Conference (AAUEC). This year’s conference was held at the University of PEI last weekend, March 3-5, when faculty and students from around the Atlantic region gathered to listen to and discuss various topics.

The following students were selected for the 2017 conference:

  • Katie O’Brien, “The Maternal Abject and ‘Passive Suffering’ as the Real Horror in Rosemary’s Baby
  • Kevin Smith, “A Picture Like a Poem: William Hogarth’s The Harlot’s Progress
  • Hope Tohme, “The Utter Unpredictability of Words: An Analysis of Translation and Transposition as it Pertains to Mary Stuart’s Casket Sonnets”
  • Sarah Vallis, “Polite Deference: Queen Elizabeth I’s tempering with gendered bodies and power”
  • Karlee Bustelli, “Flight”
  • Tuqqaasi Nuqingaq, “The Way the Earth Feels”

Congratulations to all of the English students who did such a great job of representing our department!


‘SNO(W) JOKE: The Atlantic Universities Undergraduate English Conference March 2015

snow cropOur stalwart students and their fearless faculty ventured to Cape Breton University for the 2015 Undergraduate English Conference. As is their custom, our students took the conference by storm,  greeted with a flurry of enthusiasm and receiving a blizzard of congratulations after each paper and performance.

Unfortunately, the weather meant that the program was collapsed into one day, so that audiences were smaller in each session — but it meant that our travellers slept in their own beds on Saturday night. Other participants were not so lucky, or so wise — but they did all dig themselves out eventually and returned safely to their own universities.

Congratulations to our young scholars and writers:

  • Charlotte Kiddell, “Tradition and the Individual Tyrant: The Historical Sense in Titus Andronicus and Richard III.”
  • Rebecca Power,  “Breaking Down the Civilized/Uncivilized Binary: The Representation of Oucanasta in Wacousta.”
  • Colton Sherman,  “Breaching Boundaries and Taking Back the Pen: An Analysis of Parkour.”
  • Hailey Stapleton, “Stripping the Scripts: An Analysis of Script Decay in Medieval Writing.”
  • Monica Albert and Alexandrina Hanam, “Let’s make Our Lives Amazing.”
  • Alexandrina Hanam, “Into the Deep.”

Thanks to Dr. Macfarlane and Dr. Green, chief cheerleaders.


The Atlantic Undergraduate English Conference

Terms of Engagement: Teaching & Learning in the English DepartmentThis year’s conference takes place Cape Breton University March 13th -15th, and two of our intrepid faculty and six of our magnificent students will be there. The Mount’s participants include four academic papers and two works of creative writing:

  • Charlotte Kiddell, “Tradition and the Individual Tyrant: The Historical Sense in Titus Andronicus and Richard III.”
  • Rebecca Power,  “Breaking Down the Civilized/Uncivilized Binary: The Representation of Oucanasta in Wacousta.”
  • Colton Sherman,  “Breaching Boundaries and Taking Back the Pen: An Analysis of Parkour.”
  • Hailey Stapleton, “Stripping the Scripts: An Analysis of Script Decay in Medieval Writing.”

Creative writers:

  • Monica Albert and Alexandrina Hanam, “Let’s make Our Lives Amazing.”
  • Alexandrina Hanam, “Into the Deep.

Annual Atlantic Undergraduate English Conference

Several Mount English students have been selected to present their papers or creative writing at this year’s Atlantic Undergraduate English Conference, to be held at Dalhousie University this weekend, March 14-16. According to the preliminary program, our students will be presenting in the following sessions:

Saturday, March 15, 9:00 a.m., McCain 1102
Creative Presentations session
Erin Chapman, “Still Life”

Saturday, March 15, 9:00 a.m., McCain 2016
Materialisms session
Nolan Pike, “As School Girls from Their Books”

Saturday, March 15, 10:30 a.m., McCain 1102
Gender session
Skye Bryden-Blom, “Transgressing Boundaries: Gender Identity and Survival in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games

Saturday, March 15, 10:30 a.m. McCain 2016
Creative Presentations
Hailey Stapleton, “Roses”

Saturday, March 15, 3:00 p.m., McCain 1198
Impact of Stories on Humanity
Leah Philips, “The Tree Grows Anew: Painting Tolkien’s Tree of Tales”

Sunday, March 16, 10:30 a.m., McCain 2016
Emily Bagnald, “Shoot Straight, Objectification, Dehumanization, and Ethics in The Hunger Games

The conference welcomes all students and faculty. Registration opens on Friday evening from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the main lobby of the Marion McCain Arts and Social Science Building, 6135 University Avenue. On Friday at 8:00 p.m., writer Lynn Coady will be featured as the keynote speaker, followed by a reception. Registration will also be open on Saturday morning from 8:30-9:00 a.m. before the regular sessions begin. The conference includes a banquet, dance, and a performance by El Jones on Saturday night. This conference is a great opportunity to meet colleagues from other Atlantic universities, to have fun, and to listen to some very interesting ideas.

English students to present at the Annual Atlantic Undergraduate English Conference

The Annual Atlantic Undergraduate English Conference will be held this year at Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB., March 15-17. The following English students have been selected by MSVU faculty to present their papers or creative writing:

Jessalyn Burke, “Still Life”

Brianne Carter, “Memory in Colleen Wagner’s The Monument

Courtney Church, “The Body in Translation: Silent Authority and Punishment in Franz Kafka’s ‘In the Penal Colony'”

Charlotte Kiddell, “‘WILD THING!’: Fantasy of the wild as the child’s psychological development”

Kae-Lin Larder,  “‘Forð ic gefare’: A Translation and Analysis of ‘A Journey Charm'”

Nolan Natasha Pike, “I can hear you, can you hear me?”

Our department thanks the Mount’s Dean of Arts and Science for his financial support.

More information about the conference can be found on the 2013 AAUEC blog.