2015 Baylor Libraries Symposium

Symposium Lunch Reservation (10/9)

2015 Symposium Call for Papers

2014 Symposium Abstracts (PDF)

2013 Symposium Abstracts
[printable booklet version]

Important Dates

Abstracts Due
May 31, 2015

Notification of Acceptance
July 27, 2015

Keynote Address
October 8, 2015

Panel Sessions & Closing Speaker
October 9, 2015

The Baylor University Libraries present

"Alice at 150"
2015 Baylor Libraries Symposium

October 6-9, 2015

The 2015 Annual Baylor Libraries’ Symposium recognizes the 150th anniversary of the classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Penned by English mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, under the name Lewis Carroll, the tale has achieved enduring popularity among adults and children. The range of criticism and research regarding Carroll, Alice, and the other beloved inhabitants of Wonderland is striking, reaching across disciplinary divides. Since the book’s publication in 1865, readers and scholars have approached the novel as a work of literary nonsense, as a game of logic and mathematics, and as a social and cultural commentary on Victorian England. Wonderland is vast, supporting a multitude of interpretations, and in so doing, invites further exploration by a new generation of readers in new century that continues to be “curiouser and curiouser."

Schedule of Events

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: A Public Reading
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 3:30 p.m.
Allbritton Foyer - Moody Memorial Library

People of all ages are invited to gather in Allbritton Foyer of Moody Memorial Library for a public reading of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The story will be read by:

  • Karen Savage, Professional Voiceover Talent and Analyst/Programmer for the Electronic Library (3:30-4:15)
  • Dr. Alton Hassell, Senior Lecturer & Director of the Undergraduate Program in Chemistry and Biochemistry (4:10-4:55)
  • Dr. DeAnna Toten Beard, Professor and Associate Chair of Theatre Arts (4:50-5:35)
  • Dr. Thomas Hanks, Professor of English and Master Teacher (5:30-6:15)
Please note: All times are approximate

Mad Hatter's Tea Party
Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.
Cox Reception Hall - Armstrong Browning Library

Journey into the world of Alice with a tea party at the Armstrong Browning Library. While at the party, explore the library's latest exhibit, A World of Their Own: Children's Literature in the Armstrong Browning Library. "There's PLENTY of room" around the table so come and bring friends!

Keynote Presentation
Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.
Bennett Auditorium

"Lewis Carroll in Numberland"
Dr. Robin J. Wilson
Emeritus Professor of Pure Mathematics
The Open University

Dr. Robin J. Wilson is Emeritus Professor of Pure Mathematics at the Open University, Emeritus Professor of Geometry at Gresham College, and a former Fellow of Keble College, Oxford. He has written and edited many books on graph theory, including Introduction to Graph Theory and Four Colours Suffice, and on the history of mathematics, including Lewis Carroll in Numberland. He is actively involved with the popularization and communication of mathematics and its history, and was awarded the Mathematical Association of America’s Lester Ford and Pólya prizes for ‘outstanding expository writing’. Until recently he was President of the British Society for the History of Mathematics.

Symposium Presentations
Friday, October 9, 2015
Jones Library, Room 200

9:00 a.m.Dr. Joseph Steubenrauch, "Victorian Children’s Books and the Publishing Context of Alice"
9:15 a.m.Guilherme Almeida, "The Adventures of Alice on Stage: Three Musical Adaptations"
9:30 a.m.Question & Answer Session
9:45 a.m.Break
9:55 a.m.Mackenzie Renee Fitzgerald, "The Linguistic Turn of Wonderland: Finding Sense in Carroll's Nonsensical Landscape"
10:10 a.m.Rachel Kilgore, "The Math of Language in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland"
10:25 a.m.Question & Answer Session
10:40 a.m.Break
10:50 a.m.Dr. David Thomson, "Lifespan Development in the Academy of American Poets"
11:05 a.m.Mackenzie Sarna, "Angry Alice: Insecurity and Breakdown of Meaning in Alice in Wonderland"
11:20 a.m.Question & Answer Session
11:45 a.m.Lunch
[If you plan to attend the Symposium lunch, please RSVP by October 7, 2015. Lunch will be provided.]
12:30 p.m.Eric Ames, "'Catch Hold of This Rope': Journalism, Student Performance, and 'Alice in Wonderland' at Baylor University, 1924-1974"
12:45 p.m.Jillian Shaw, "Literature and the Visual Arts: A Practical Experience"
1:00 p.m.Question & Answer Session
1:15 p.m.Break
1:25 p.m.Dr. Lewis Samson Lummer, "The Importance of Interpretation and Translation of Lewis Carroll's Work in American Sign Language"
1:40 p.m.Dr. Trey Brown, "What is the Matter with the Mad Hatter?"
1:55 p.m.Question & Answer Session

The 2015 Baylor Libraries Symposium is proudly sponsored by the Department of History, the Honors College, the Department of English, the Department of Art and the Robbins College of Health & Human Sciences.

About the Baylor Libraries Symposium

The annual Baylor Libraries Symposium highlights research and scholarship at Baylor by recognizing the major anniversary of a significant publication. Each year a particular work is chosen based on its cross-disciplinary appeal in the humanities, arts and/or sciences.