"Storytelling In The Millennium" Conference Feb. 9-10 At Baylor

Feb. 8, 2001

by Lori Scott Fogleman

The 2001 English Narrative Conference -- "Storytelling in the Millennium: Finding Meaning Through Narrative After Post-Modernism" -- will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-10 at Armstrong Browning Library and Carroll Science Building on the Baylor University campus. The conference is sponsored by Baylor's department of English, Institute for Oral History and Armstrong Browning Library.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. Friday at the library, followed by day-long sessions Friday and Saturday in various rooms in Carroll Science and the library's Cox Lecture Hall.

Scholars from Baylor and universities throughout Texas and the U.S. will discuss several topics, including "Status, Place, Ethnicity: Identity and Oral History Narratives," "Religion and Narrative," "Native American Narratives," "Forging Identities: African American Literature and Film," "Pop Culture, Technology and the Stories We Tell," "Creative Submissions," "Telling Places: Oral Narrative as History," "Stories Through Time," "Fairytales and Legends," "Narrative and Nationalism," "Rappings from the Outside: Weird Tales and Magical Realism," "Southern Stories," "Narrative and the Importance of Place" and "Rhetorical Future of Narrative."

Dr. Scott Russell Sanders, a distinguised professor in the English department at Indiana University, will deliver the conference's keynote address -- "Why We'll Keep Telling Stories" -- at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Foyer of Meditation in Armstrong Browning Library.

The author of more than 20 novels, short stories, creative non-fiction and children's books, Sanders received his doctorate from Cambridge University in 1971. His most recent publications include The Country of Language and The Force of Spirit, as well as writings that appear regularly in the Georgia Review, Orion, Audubon, where he serves as a contributing editor, and numerous anthologies. In addition to the several awards and prestigious fellowships he has received for his literary contributions, he also has been honored with Indiana University's highest teaching award.

For more information about the conference, call the department of English at 710-1768 or link to www.baylor.edu/~narrative2001/.

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