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2015 ASAT
Conference and Events
Sam Houston State University,
Huntsville, Texas

Thursday, November 12

Well, there was no fooling around this year. Registration (with books on sale, below) and sessions started in the afternoon of the first day, and the program continued until 11:00pm that evening. The weather was warmer than last year, and everyone seemed quite at ease in now-familiar surroundings and in the company of friends and colleagues.

One of the highlights for attendees was the presence of a special group of undergraduates from the Honors College at the University of North Texas. Not only did they give a fine panel presentation of their literary analyses, they stayed with the conference to the end, observing the antics of academicae profundus (bad Latin, I know) in their native habitat. The students can be seen in pictures at all the sessions during which they asked intelligent questions and made pertinent comments, which didn’t seem to frighten the natives at all. They were mentored under the proud and amiable eye of James Duban, Professor of English and Associate Dean for Research and National Scholarships at UNT.

(From left) Molly Riddell, Nick Grotowski, Stormie Garza, Yacine Ndiaye, Rachel Torres, Jim Duban.
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Session B1: Contextualizing Literature

Savanna Connor

Lloyd Daigrepont

Judith Nelams

Session B2: Contextualizing Education and Ethics

Charles Carlson

Frank Fair

Glenn Sanford

Reception

A tasty and fresh buffet with a Middle East-Mediterranean flair

Classic Film Screening

Always a favorite feature of the program at SHSU, a showing of a classic film presented by Ralph Pease, Professor of Literature and Film Studies, Emeritus. His history and anecdotes on each film are dependably well done with wit and style.

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), a striking and important film, starred Dana Andrews, with other well-know actors. Andrews (1909-1994) was a student at SHSU in the 1930’s. He returned to SHSU three times between 1972 and 1987 to receive university and city awards, and to perform in a musical play.

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