Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Updates about the Frankenstein Colloquium - Hosted by The Oakridge School on January 30, 2017

First off, congratulations to all presenters who have been selected to showcase their work at the 2017 Frankenstein Colloquium this January 30th.

We are so excited about the Frankenstein Colloquium here at The Oakridge School. We also are so grateful and humbled that so many bright students and quality schools have decided to get involved on all levels, whether it be crafting prompts, submitting papers, evaluating student work, or simply serving as an eager, prospective participant by registering to attend. I want to say thank you to everyone for making this vision a reality. More specifically, I want to thank and commend the following schools whose students will be presenting their work at the upcoming colloquium:

1. Arizona Virtual Academy
2. Dallas International School
3. Hockaday School
4. Founders Classical Academy
5. Fossil Ridge High School
6. Southwest Christian School
7. Fort Worth Country Day
8. Parish Episcopal School
9. Ursuline Academy of Dallas
10. Cistercian Preparatory School
11. Episcopal School of Dallas
12. St. Mark's School of Texas
13. Greenhill School

From a total of 14 schools, we received over 250 submissions (mostly papers but also some visual art and film). The amount of quality student work made the selection process difficult for all the readers who participated in the process. It's encouraging to know there's so many talented young scholars who are writing papers above and beyond that of the typical high school writer, but it was tremendously difficult to narrow it down to the 70 presenters who will be sharing their papers in workshops on Jan. 30th, 2017.

The schedule that details who will be presenting where and in what block will be published on the website later this week, so please continue to check the blog for the forethcoming updates. A more general outline of the schedule is as follows:

8:00am: Registration begins.
     Location: foyer of the Flavin Fine Arts Performance Hall
8:30-8:50am: Commencement Ceremony
     Special Guest: Dr. Richard Enos, Professor & Holder of Lillian Radford Chair of Rhetoric & Composition
      Location: Flavin Fine Arts Performance Hall
9:00-10:10am: First Block of Concurrent Sessions for Student Presentations
      Locations: TBA
10:10-10:25am: Break for Refreshments
      Location: foyer of the Flavin Fine Arts Performance Hall
10:25-11:35am: Second Block of Concurrent Sessions for Student Presentations
      Locations: TBA
11:40-12:05pm: Keynote Address given by Dr. Anne Frey, Associate Professor at TCU
      Location: Flavin Fine Arts Performance Hall
12:10-1:05pm: Lunch served by The Oakridge School
      Location: foyer of FAPH & the Quad
1:10-2:20pm: Third Block of Concurrent Sessions for Student Presentation
      Locations: TBA

2:20-2:30pm: Day ends. Schools depart.

We are excited to have two eminent scholars from Texas Christian University join our conversations as well. Dr. Richard Enos, Professor & Holder of Lillian Radford Chair of Rhetoric and Composition, will be giving the commencement speech to start the day, and Dr. Anne Frey, TCU's resident expert in British Romanticism, will be delivering the keynote address just before lunch. We are thrilled to be hosting them on campus.

In addition to paper presentations, several students from The Oakridge School and Southwest Christian School will be displaying various visual art pieces inspired by Shelley's gothic novel. There will also be a theatre workshop, hosted by the Oakridge Theatre Department, where students will be working through a selected scene from Nick Dear's stage adaptation, and several Oakridge students will be screening their short film based on the novel as well.

ATTENTION STUDENT PRESENTERS: If you are a presenter whose paper or artwork has been selected for the colloquium program, please remember to fill out the presenter information and agreement form, which can be found here.

THERE'S STILL AN OPPORTUNITY TO SIGN UP AS A DISCUSSANT: In addition to scheduling the selected presenters, there is a need for students to serve as Discussants. Students who would serve in this capacity would receive 1-3 papers before the conference meets so they can read them ahead of time and plan 2 or 3 good discussion questions. To sign up, students can fill out the form which can be found here.

Jared Colley
Chair, English Department
The Oakridge School

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