Lit Fest begins Saturday, April 10

Apr 08, 2010

The Newman University 11th annual Literary Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, April 10 and 11, in the Jabara Flexible Theatre inside the De Mattias Fine Arts Center on the Newman campus. The theme for this year’s festival is “E-scapes: The Possibility for Hope in a Post-Literary America.”

The festival will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday with opening remarks by Newman University President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D., followed by two days of panels, presentations, master classes, featured speakers, and, to conclude each day at 10 p.m., movies. The weekend’s events will cover a wide range of topics.

This year’s keynote speaker is Sherryl Vint, Ph.D., associate professor of English Language and Literature at Brock University in Ontario, Canada. Other speakers will include Timothy Richardson, Ph.D., and Wendy Donaldson, as well as Newman Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Austin, Ph.D. Newman faculty participants include Bryan Dietrich, Ph.D., Susan Crane, Ph.D., Marguerite Regan, Ph.D., Stephen Poulter, Ph.D., Jamey Findling, Ph.D., Christopher Fox, Ph.D., and Kelly McFall, Ph.D. Several students are also scheduled to give presentations.

To see a complete schedule and list of speakers, visit

The conference is co-sponsored by Eighth Day Books. Registration is $30 for presenters and $10 for attendees. Payment may be made prior to the event at the registration table. Make checks payable to Newman University Department of English.

For more information contact Dietrich at 316-942-4291, ext. 2341, e-mailĀ [email protected], or visitĀ