University to host English conference April 6

Shippensburg University will host the annual Pennsylvania English Undergraduate Conference April 6 sponsored by the English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities (EAPSU).  

The theme of the conference is “Texts, Texting, and Technology.” According to EAPSU’s website, the theme “celebrates the diversity of ways in which our engagement with texts, communities, and the world have been enhanced as well as complicated by the plethora of technologies by which humans interact with texts and one another.”  

The student presenters were encouraged to develop papers based on the theme and in “the broadest sense, including texts and technology, their effects — both positively and negatively transfotripprmative — on the interpretation of texts, interpretative communities/communication, and the interactions of readers with texts, technology, and other audiences.” 

The keynote speaker is Daniel Tripp, associate director of digital education for the Department of English at the Pennsylvania State University and the managing director of the Penn State Digital English Studio. His presentation, “It’s the End of Literature As We Know It (and I Feel Fine),” is at 11:30 a.m. in Dauphin Humanities Center Room 051. It is open to the public. 

His presentation will discuss such questions as whether the novel is dead, is fiction dead and is print dead. In his talk, according to the organizers, he will show how the rise of electronic media inspired literary creativity as novelists explore both the capabilities of print as a medium and the nature of life in the media age.