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Department Hosts SEASECS Conference

The fortieth annual meeting of the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SEASECS) will take place this week, February 27th-March 1st, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Knoxville, TN. This regional conference of specialists in eighteenth-century studies features talks on the architecture, history, and literature of the period, with two plenary sessions: by Heather McPherson, Professor of Art History University of Alabama at Birmingham, and by Srinivas Aravamudan, Professor of English and Dean of the Humanities, Duke University. This year’s conference features the society’s Undergraduate Teaching Prize, to be awarded for the first time: $1,200 to Professor Emily Friedman of Auburn University, who will be bringing five undergraduate students to present their research at the conference.

The first plenary, which will be followed by an opening reception, will be at the East TN Historical Society, on Gay Street, at the end of Krutch Park. The plenary, by Heather McPherson, Professor of Art History at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and former president of ASECS, will begin at 4:45.  Her title is “Siddons Redux: Twilight and Afterlife of a Star.”  The reception that follows features 18th-century and regional foods. The second plenary takes place on Saturday afternoon, from 2:00-3:00.  Srinivas Aravamudan, Professor of English and Dean of the Humanities at Duke University, will speak on the topic of “Oriental Despotism Reconsidered” in the Summit I Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza.  There will be a reception immediately following his talk as well.

For more information, contact Dr. Misty Anderson (UTK Department of English, local arrangements coordinator, manderson@utk.edu) or Dr. Mary McAlpin (UTK Department of Modern Foreign Languages, program chair, mmcalpin@utk.edu).

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