Graduate Student News for May & June 2019

Kelsey Virginia Downs Dufresne participated in the International Whitman Week, held in New York City in late May.

Esther Kentish presented “Bridging the Gap: The Dichotomy between Neuropsychology and Data Visualization” at the Oxford Neuroscience Symposium, held on March 20.

On March 30, two students present at Anguish: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference:


  • Austin Horne, “Either/Or: The Roles of Addiction, Higher Powers, Anhedonia and Solipsism in David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest”
  • Marissa Morgan, “Azealia Banks vs Cardi B: The Great Debate, Evolved”


In May, two students presented at the 2019 American Literature Association Conference in Boston:


  • Jessica Dionne, “The Dean and the Father of the Black Magic Aesthetic: Langston Hughes and LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka)”
  • Kelsey Virginia Downs Dufresne, “Langston Hughes as Artist: Tracing the Literary Word in the Artistic Medium”


Students in the department’s Technical Communication Association, led by president Esther Kentish, successfully hosted its annual unconference. SpeedCon 2019 — Diversified was held on April 19. JASON SWARTS gave the keynote, titled “How We Make Technical Knowledge.”

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