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ESR Students Receive Honors at 2010 ICEA Conference

The 2010 Conference of the Indiana College English Association was held Friday, October 22, at Indiana State University.  ESR students Robin Anderson and Jason Jolley shared first place honors in the creative readings category. Robin read several poems covering a range of topics from Job to a response to Mary Oliver's "Gethsemane" and Jason read a short story about a homeless child living in a Mexican garbage dump.

The theme for this year's conference was "Shakespeare: To Teach or Not to Teach" and welcomed papers, presentations, and creative readings that addressed the teaching of difficult texts in general, or addressed the theme of "other" in light of the increasing diversity of cultural backgrounds on our campuses.

The keynote address was delivered by David Bevington, who taught Shakespeare courses at the University of Chicago for more than three decades.  The only Shakespeare scholar to have edited all of Shakespeare's plays, he is author of countless articles and books.

Also representing ESR at this year's conference were faculty David Johns ("A Tale of Two Edmunds: Does Lewis Redeem Lear's Edmund in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe?") and Susan Yanos ("Forbidden Fruit"); and student Rena Holcomb ("Lessons from Life"), who was an ICEA award winner at last year's conference.

ICEA sponsors a competition with cash prizes for graduate students who compete and present at the annual conference. Congratulations to Robin and Jason, and to all who participated.