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Regional Events

Participating in regional conferences and events is a great way to connect with other members of Sigma Tau Delta, make new professional contacts, expand your knowledge, and gain valuable experience presenting papers.

If your chapter is contemplating hosting a regional event, your first step should be to contact your Regent for information about promotional, and possible financial, assistance. Note: In order not to conflict with Sigma Tau Delta's annual spring convention, regional events should only be planned for the fall.

Upcoming Regional Event Posts

As a service to its members, Sigma Tau Delta provides links to regional conferences and other non-Society-sponsored English events. Regional events will be posted on this page as they are scheduled.


If you wish to have a link to your conference or event on this web page, please complete the Event Posting Request Form.

 


Sigma Tau Delta Southwestern Regional Conference

Sponsored by the Alpha Psi Nu Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta

Date:
Friday, October 6, 2023 to Saturday, October 7, 2023

Location:
MSU Texas in Wichita Falls & Virtual—in-person and virtual (Teams) attendance (In-person? Please bring a laptop.)

Purpose: The Beta Xi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta wishes to invite friends and colleagues to celebrate 100 years of literary study & fellowship with us in Wichita Falls, TX & virtually.

Program Guide:  Southwestern Regional Symposium Program Guide

Submission Guidelines

This symposium invites presenters to practice and refine their work in preparation to submit papers to the 2024 Sigma Tau Delta Centennial Convention or to The Rectangle or The Review.

Submission Eligibility:

Submissions are open to any high school, undergraduate, or graduate student interested in English studies, as well as current and alumni members of Sigma Tau Delta or Sigma Kappa Delta.

Submission Requirements:

Presenters may submit proposal abstracts (~ 250 words) for critical essays or creative works in any written genre. Critical presentations are welcome on any period or genre of literature, popular culture, media, film, rhetoric/composition studies, or pedagogy. Presenters may submit as many proposals as you like, but no more than two will be selected from each presenter.


This event is designed as a practice session for those hoping to attend the 2024 Sigma Tau Delta Convention in St. Louis, so individual presentations will be grouped in panels with 2-3 other presenters based on presentation format, genre, topic, time period, etc. We will accept proposals for in-person and virtual presentations, and panels will be organized into synchronous panels with follow-up discussions at the end of each panel. presentations should be limited to 2,000 words and should be 8-15 minutes. Authors of creative works should aim to fill the 8-15 minute individual presentation block, and you may read multiple related pieces from a collection or a single longer work (fewer than 2,000 words).

Submission Deadline:  extended to Monday, September 25, 11:59 p.m. (CST)

Registration Cost: Registration Before September 29: $10, After September 29: $20

Email Questions to: sigtdbetaxi@gmail.com with subject line: SW Conference Questions

Registration and Additional Information:

  • Speakeasy Centennial Celebration: Before September 29: $5 (Entry + 2 Tokens for featured specialty items)
  • To submit a proposal, register, & get more information, visit bit.ly/sig-td-SW2023 or email sigtdbetaxi@gmail.com

 

High Plains Regional Conference

Sponsored by the Alpha Theta Beta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta

Date:
Friday, November 3 - Saturday, November 4, 2023

Location: 
Virtual Event

Purpose and Description: 

The Alpha Theta Beta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta at Friends University will hold a virtual undergraduate and graduate research conference for the High Plains Region and our neighbors from other regions. We invite all students as well as current Sigma Tau Delta members and alumni members of Sigma Tau Delta to send critical papers and creative works to share in scholarly and creative presentations, and attendance is open to all. 

Registration Cost: Free/The conference will be virtual this year.

Submission Guidelines

Submission Eligibility:
Submissions for presentation are open to any undergraduate or graduate student, as well as current Sigma Tau Delta members and alumni members of Sigma Tau Delta.

Submission Requirements:
Submissions for presentation are open to any undergraduate or graduate student, as well as current Sigma Tau Delta members and alumni members of Sigma Tau Delta. Presenters may submit either a critical essay or creative work in any genre, and submissions should not exceed 2,500 words in length. Critical presentations are welcome on any period or genre of literature, popular culture, media, film, rhetoric/composition studies, or pedagogy. If you have a critical topic that you would like to present but have not quite completed the work, you may send a 250- to 500-word abstract of the paper instead.

Please feel free to email the High Plains Regent, Dr. Kassia Krone, at kassia_krone@friends.edu if you have questions about the topic of your paper.

Document Format for Submissions:

  • Word document (.doc or .docx)
  • Files should be named like this: “LastNameCritical” or “LastNameCreative”
  • For both critical and creative works, in the body of your email, please include the title and genre of the submission, a 100-250 word description of its content, and your current institution and class standing if a student, or the institution you graduated from if you are an alumni member. Audio-visual technology will be available.

Submission Deadline: Monday, October 16, 2023

Email Questions to: Kassia Waggoner Krone at kassia_waggoner@friends.edu.

Registration and Additional Information: 

Sigma Tau Delta Southern Regional Conference

Sponsored by the Alpha Upsilon Phi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta

Date:
Saturday, October 21, 2023

Location: 
Virtual Event

Purpose: 
The Alpha Upsilon Phi Chapter at the University of North Georgia, Gainesville is proud to host this free, virtual event on October 21, 2023. We welcome undergraduate and graduate presentations in literary studies and creative writing. Individual presentations will be grouped in panels with 2-3 other presenters based on genre, topic, time period, etc. All presenters will read their work synchronously over Zoom and participate in follow-up discussions at the end of each panel. Presentations should be between 8 and 15 minutes. In keeping with the requirements for the Sigma Tau Delta Convention, papers should be limited to 2,000 words. Among other things, we hope this event provides new presenters an opportunity to practice their presentation skills and receive feedback on their work in advance of the Sigma Tau Delta  Convention deadline at the end of October.

Submission Eligibility:
Participants need not be members of Sigma Tau Delta to present but should be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program.

Submission Requirements:

Complete the Google Form to apply.

Presenters are asked to submit the following:

  • paper title
  • an abstract of no more than 200 words
  • relevant keywords
  • personal details including name, campus email address, university

Authors of creative works, please aim to fill the 8-15 minute individual presentation block. Whether that means reading multiple related pieces from a collection or a single longer work (fewer than 2,000 words), either is suitable.

This event is intended as a practice session for those hoping to attend the Sigma Tau Delta Convention in St. Louis, so papers should be limited to 2,000 words. Presentation times should be 8-15 minutes.

Types of Submissions Accepted:

Critical & creative writing

Submission Deadline: 
Papers: Saturday, September 24, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Email Questions to: Leigh G. Dillard at UNGsigmataudelta@gmail.com with the subject line "Southern Regional Conference."

Additional Information: 

All authors will be notified of acceptance after completion of the review process and will then be sent a registration form. All accepted authors are expected to be present on the day of the conference to present synchronously.

Registration is open to non-presenters as well. All participants in the conference MUST be registered to gain entry to the Zoom space. Find the registration link on the conference website.

High Plains Regional Conference

Sponsored by the Alpha Theta Beta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta

Date:
Friday, November 3 - Saturday, November 4, 2023

Location: 
Virtual Event

Purpose and Description: 

The Alpha Theta Beta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta at Friends University will hold a virtual undergraduate and graduate research conference for the High Plains Region and our neighbors from other regions. We invite all students as well as current Sigma Tau Delta members and alumni members of Sigma Tau Delta to send critical papers and creative works to share in scholarly and creative presentations, and attendance is open to all. 

Registration Cost: Free/The conference will be virtual this year.

Submission Guidelines

Submission Eligibility:
Submissions for presentation are open to any undergraduate or graduate student, as well as current Sigma Tau Delta members and alumni members of Sigma Tau Delta.

Submission Requirements:
Submissions for presentation are open to any undergraduate or graduate student, as well as current Sigma Tau Delta members and alumni members of Sigma Tau Delta. Presenters may submit either a critical essay or creative work in any genre, and submissions should not exceed 2,500 words in length. Critical presentations are welcome on any period or genre of literature, popular culture, media, film, rhetoric/composition studies, or pedagogy. If you have a critical topic that you would like to present but have not quite completed the work, you may send a 250- to 500-word abstract of the paper instead.

Please feel free to email the High Plains Regent, Dr. Kassia Krone, at kassia_krone@friends.edu if you have questions about the topic of your paper.

Document Format for Submissions:

  • Word document (.doc or .docx)
  • Files should be named like this: “LastNameCritical” or “LastNameCreative”
  • For both critical and creative works, in the body of your email, please include the title and genre of the submission, a 100-250 word description of its content, and your current institution and class standing if a student, or the institution you graduated from if you are an alumni member. Audio-visual technology will be available.

Submission Deadline: Monday, October 16, 2023

Email Questions to: Kassia Waggoner Krone at kassia_waggoner@friends.edu.

Registration and Additional Information: 

Sigma Tau Delta Far Western Region: Bakke, Roots and Branches

Sponsored by the California Western School of Law

Date:
Friday, March 8, 2024

Location: 
Virtual Event

Purpose: 
Join Pulitzer Prize winner, Louis Menand, for an address on the legacy of Regents of the University of California v Bakke, the seminal 1978 case that upheld race-based affirmative action programs in education, recently overturned by SFFA v Harvard.

Louis Menand is the Lee Simpkins Family Professor of Arts and Sciences and the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of English at Harvard University. He has contributed to The New Yorker since 1991, and has been a staff writer since 2001. His book The Metaphysical Club was awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for history and the Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians. His book The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War was published in 2021 and named a notable book of the year by the New York Times Book Review. In 2016, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama.

This event made possible by CWSL’s Dean and Professor Robert K. Castetter and Marjorie B. Castetter Fund.

 

Email Questions to: Whitney Call at wcall@cwsl.edu  with the subject line "Bakke, Roots and Branches."

Additional Information: 

 

This is a free, in-person event, open to the public. The talk will take place on CWSL's campus, 350 Cedar, 3rd Floor Auditorium.

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Annual International Convention

April 3 - April 6, 2024
St. Louis, MO

Regional Events

March 8, 2024
Far Western Region
Bakke, Roots and Branches Event

October 6 - October 7, 2023
Southwestern Region
Hybrid (Virtual and Onsite) Event

November 3 - 4, 2023
High Plains
Virtual Event

October 21, 2023
Southern Region
Virtual Event