Three Students to Present at Midwest Modern Language Association

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Three Fairmont State students will attend the Midwest Modern Language Association’s annual meeting Nov. 9-12, 2017, according to Dr. Elizabeth Savage, professor of English. 

Chelsie Latocha, Tina Nichols, and V. Grace Rine will present their research as part of the Midwest Modern Language Association’s Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Latocha, a senior from Mannington, West Virginia, is majoring in English education. Her paper is entitled, “'Make America Great Again’:Thirty-two Years of (Im)mutable Politics in Atwood’s and Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale.”  Her paper is based on her research as a fellow in the Department of Language and Literature’s Summer Research Program.

Rine, a senior English major from Sistersville, will present research she conducted this summer as part Language and Literature’s Summer Research Program.  Her presentation is titled "'Who needs a thousand metaphors to figure out you shouldn't be a dick': Contemporary Comics & 3rd Wave Feminism."

Tina M. Nichols, who is pursuing the B.A. in French and the Master of Arts in teaching. Nichols will present "Jane Austen’s Subtle Defiance: Character Development in Pride and Prejudice,” a paper which grew out of several classes.

“A member of the Undergraduate Symposium Committee of the MMLA solicited submissions from our students after visiting a class in which he was stunned by the level of intellectual maturity students demonstrated in discussion," Savage said. "This conference will provide important professional development for them, but what I most look forward to is watching jaws drop when students from little old West Virginia present graduate-level work. I fully expect to leave Cincinnati with statewide bragging rights in Ohio.”

Dr. Angela Schwer, chair of the Department of Language and Literature, praised the students, saying, "Our Summer Research Fellowship program is giving our students the time and encouragement to do first-class literary scholarship.

The fact that these three students have had papers accepted at a national conference as undergraduates shows the maturity and quality of their work. Their faculty mentors, Dr. Elizabeth Savage, Dr. Nathan Myers, and Dr. Erin Hippolyte are to be congratulated for mentoring these outstanding young scholars."

The Midwest Modern Language Association will meet in Cincinnati this fall. The theme of its conference is “Artists and Activism.”

Based at Loyola University of Chicago, the MMLA is a regional affiliate of the Modern Language Association.  The MMLA supports literary scholarship and good teaching.