English Conference Unites Educators

Humboldt State University's Department of English and the Redwood Writing Project (RWP) are co-sponsoring an on-campus conference on English Studies. The conference will take place on Friday, September 29, from 3:00-7:15 p.m. and on Saturday, September 30, from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. in HSU's Founders Hall.

The Fall English Studies Conference Uniting Educators (FESCUE) brings together educators for the purposes of professional development, cross-institutional conversation, and research dissemination.

FESCUE takes its 2006 conference theme, “Literacy & Social Justice,” from the Humboldt Common Reading (in concert with the College of the Redwoods) of Ernest J. Gaines’s acclaimed novel, A Lesson Before Dying. Keynote speaker Traci L. Gourdine is a professor of English at American River College in Sacramento. She chairs the Poet Laureate Program for the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Sacramento Poetry Center. She has published her poetry and short stories in anthologies and national literary magazines. In November of 2000, she was inducted into the Poet’s Hall of Fame.

A check-in table will be located in the Green and Gold Room and general registration for both days is $30.00. HSU students, faculty, and staff with current identification can register at no cost. Walk-in registration will be available Friday from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Founders Hall.

Professional Development units are available through HSU Extended Education (register for English 712). Graduate units are also available through Extended Education (register for English 685).

Contact Rebecca Owen, RWP Administrative Coordinator, at 826-5109 or rgo3@humboldt.edu for more information about FESCUE courses.