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Conference Schedule

All events are held in the Formby Room of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library with the exception of the reading by Christopher Merrill, which will be held in ENGL 001.


1:00-1:10 pm

Welcome - Dr. Bella Gerlich, Dean of Libraries

Opening Remarks - Dr. Lawrence Schovanec, Provost

1:10-1:50 - Session A – TTU Undergraduate Student Presentations

Catherine Lundberg, “A Life of Service: A Study of Barry Lopez’s Relationship with his Readers"
Aaron Carver, "Inside: Considerations of Barry Lopez's Outside"
Emma Barnes, "Cheapening a Sense of Place: How Barry Lopez Doesn't Do It

1:50-2:40 - Session B

Lisa Couturier, “UMBILICALNESS: Notes on Affliction & Animals”
Shelley Armitage, Univ. of Texas at El Paso, prof. emeritus, “Making (Eco) Memoir”

2:40-3:00 - Break

3:00-3:50 - Session C

Jill Hampton, Univ. of South Carolina-Aiken, "Gretel Ehrlich: Transgressing Borders"
Priscilla Ybarra, Univ. of North Texas, “Writing the Goodlife: Mexican American Literature and the Environment”

4:00-4:45 - James Warren, Washington and Lee Univ., "Six Bears"

7:30 - Plenary - Christopher Merrill, University of Iowa

Held in ENGL 001. Co-sponsored with 48th Annual Comparative Literature Symposium. Book signing follows, all writers’ books available at each signing.

FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016

8:00 AM - Morning Refreshments available in Formby Room

9:00-10:00 - Conversation with Barry Lopez Brief remarks followed by Q&A

10:00-10:30 - Coffee/Snack Break

10:30-11:15 - Session D - Sul Ross State University

Joey Chavez, “Being and Technology: Abbey’s The Monkey Wrench Gang
Shannon Darr, “Spiritual and Environmental Roots in Linda Hogan’s Dwellings” – a SKYPE presentation
Alexandra Ruiz, “Ceremony in the Poetry of Ofelia Zapeda”

11:15-noon - Session E - Sul Ross State University

Timilehin Alaka, “Terrestrial Intelligence: Unconventional Linguistics between Man and Nature in Linda Hogan’s Dwellings
Julianna Larrinaga, “Which Life Lives? Man, Hunting, and the Disconnection with Life”
Theron Francis, “What does ‘Contact’ with Nature Mean for Thoreau and his Heirs?”

noon-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 - Texas Tech University, Graduate Students in Architecture

Aaron Beavers, "Monuments of the Staked Plains"
Gabriela Blake, "The Minute Loss Provoking a Momentous Effect"
Aaron Fisher, "Jetties of Correspondence: Cantilevered Against the Infinite Plane"
Joshua Medrano, "Intimate Instances Carved into the Llano Estacado"
Clifton Petty, "Ceiling Within the Dome of the Llano Estacado"
Miles Valentine, "Traversing the Unending Plane"

2:00–2:50 - The Orion Story Panel discussion with Barry Lopez, Lisa Couturier, Robert Michael Pyle, and Priscilla Ybarra

2:50-3:00 - Coffee/Snack Break

3:00–4:00 - Session F

Clara Bush Vadala, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, “Parasite Poems: The Little Uglies You Shouldn't Ignore”
Nathan Hayes, Texas Tech University, “Just Past Where Johnny Got His Buck”
Elizabeth Hash, Texas Tech University, "Relapse: Solo-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail"

4:00-4:45 - Cancelled, sorry: John Lane Wofford College, “Circling Back to Circling Home Ten Years Down the Line”

6:00 - Reception in Coronelli Globe Rotunda

6:30 Plenary Talk

David James Duncan, “The Wilds Outside Us & the Wilds Within Us”

Reception and book signing, all writers’ books available at each signing.


9:00 - Morning refreshments available in Formby Room

9:30-10:45 - Session G - This Land Here: Essays on Three Continents

Clinton Crockett Peters, Univ. of North Texas, "The Divine Coming of the Light"
Lina Ferreira, Ohio State Univ., "Bochica and Chibchacum Make and Unmake the World"
A. Kendra Greene, Dallas Museum of Art, " The Stone Collector: The Making of an Accidental Museum in Iceland's East Fjords"

10:45-11:00 - Coffee/Snack Break

11:00-Noon - David James Duncan Q&A

Noon-1:15 - Buffet lunch for all participants

1:15-2:00 - Session H

Kurt Caswell, Texas Tech University, "A Reading from Getting to Grey Owl
Caleb Roberts, Univ. of Nebraska, “Walking the Fence Line: Where a Suburbanite and a Farmer Meet”

2:00-2:15 - Break

2:15-3:00 - Session I

Toni Jensen, Univ. of Arkansas, “Cowboyistan”
Diane Hueter Warner, Texas Tech Univ., “Dogs, Birds, and Annie Oakley: Poems”

3:00-3:45 - Robert Michael Pyle, “Our Lovely World, Our Tardy Rage: Fifty Years of Writing for Nature”

3:45 - Closing Remarks

The Sowell Collection Conference is sponsored by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library with additional support from the TTU Office of the President and the Honors College. This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate o fthe National Endowmend for the Humanities.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Diane Warner ( .