CHADRON – Chadron State College Associate Professor of English Dr. Kimberly Cox presented at the Northern Plains Early British Literature Conference at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota, April 22-23. CSC student Ezra Hare also attended, and 2020 alumna Rachel Mitchell presented.
Cox’s plenary talk focused on hand grasping as moments of sexual violation and hand clasping as moments of consensual romantic encounter in eighteenth-century novels.
While she was pleased to present at the conference, she also mentioned the importance of networking with colleagues.
“Not only will it strengthen my research and writing, but it’ll strengthen my teaching by broadening my knowledge base and resources,” Cox said.
Cox plans to schedule a video conference appearance with one of fellow conference speakers in a Shakespeare class next year.
Hare said the conference provided opportunities for academically complex discussions in small groups.
“The conference was a great chance to get some exposure to high level, graduate studies and papers; it really cemented my interest in critical evaluations of English literature,” Hare said.
Hare also said he was glad to have time to explore the USD campus and find out more about its master’s programs.
Mitchell, a second-year master's student at USD, presented a paper titled A Sicilian Romance: Women Do That Which Is Right.
Mitchell said she was excited for the occasion to reconnect with Cox, her former adviser.
“It was really wonderful to reconnect with a former professor and also get to hear her speak,” Mitchell said.
—Abigail Swanson, College Relations