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Dr. Ronald G. Shafer, Fulbright Scholar and professor of English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, will be the keynote speaker at Cedarville University’s first-ever literary conference on Saturday, Feb. 12. For more information or to register, contact Dr. Peggy Wilfong at 937-766-4987. Photo credit: Keith Boyer

by Public Relations Office

January 31, 2005

Cedarville, Ohio—"Nothing can grow until we plant." With that principle in mind, Cedarville University will present its first-ever literary conference, "Seeds of Discourse," on Saturday, Feb. 12. The purpose is to encourage scholarly literary dialogue as well as stronger intercollegiate relationships. Undergraduate students from area schools, including Wittenberg, Wright State, Central State, and the University of Dayton, will come together to present their scholarly papers and creative writing examples. In addition, attendees will hear from 16th and 17th British literature specialist Dr. Ronald G. Shafer, a Fulbright Scholar and professor of English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. A journalism roundtable is also scheduled. The conference is sponsored by Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), Cedarville`s chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta National English Honor Society. Cynthia Wallace, senior English major and co-president of AKD, pointed out that the conference also serves as "an extension of ourselves to the surrounding schools. This is our attempt to encourage academic and social relationships to develop." She noted, "We're excited to begin this tradition at Cedarville, opening a forum for literary scholars and creative writers from all over the Miami Valley to discuss their work. We hope this conference will be the start of discussions that will continue for years to come." Registration for this all-day conference begins at 8 a.m. in the Milner Business Administration Building on Cedarville`s campus. Attendance is free for those who wish to observe the presentations. For participants, a $15 fee covers registration materials, refreshments, lunch, and the keynote lecture. For more information or to register, contact Dr. Peggy Wilfong, associate professor of English, at 937-766-4987. -30-