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November 28, 2022

Giving Voice: English Symposium at Manhattan Public Library on Friday, Dec. 2

Submitted by Karin Westman

Flyer for Who Painted the Lion Symposium

How we can give a voice to the silenced and overlooked?

To answer this question, undergraduate student researchers in English will host a public discussion titled "'Who Painted the Lion?': Talking Back in/as Literature" from 5-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, in the auditorium at the Manhattan Public Library.

Undergraduate students from three sections of English 310 Introduction to Literary Studies will share cutting-edge research in literary studies in the form of two brief plenaries and round-table presentations. They will be joined by an established scholar in print culture, E. Haven Hawley from the University of Florida, and another undergraduate researcher, Meghan Luttrell, senior in English and business.

First, Hawley will present "Attending to Their Voices: Researching Women's Work in Print Culture," on recovering the labor and voices of women through the study of historic printing practices, especially cheap imprints.

Second, Luttrell will give a talk titled "Stirring the Silenced: Recovering Clara Holmgren and the Kansas School for the Deaf," about a woman who studied at the Kansas School for the Deaf and left barely any archival record.

Finally, English 310 students will share their original research on topics ranging from Geoffrey Chaucer's "Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale" (1390s) to David Grann's "Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI" (2017) to poet Ilya Kaminsky’s "Deaf Republic" (2019).

"'Who Painted the Lion?': Talking Back in/as Literature" is sponsored by Rare Book School's Andrew Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography and K-State's department of English, the Dow Center for Multicultural and Community Studies, and the primary texts certificate program. It is organized by the English department's graduate track in literature.