NCUR Presenters

anna_kareninOn April 16, 17 and 18 Eastern Washington University hosted the National Conference of Undergraduate Research. English Majors Terra Ojeda (’15), Maggie Montague (’15) and Nick Avery (’16) presented their papers as part of the event.

Avery’s paper entitled “Searching for Anna in Anna Karenina” is a feminist analysis of Tolstoy’s classic novel that examines Anna as a non-allegorical character who challenges patriarchal values, and whose death is the result, not of moral wrong, but of flawed cultural modes.



Ojeda’s paper “An Animalistic and Supernatural Form of Justice” examines the flaws in the human justice system in Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Black Cat,” redefining justice as an act of supernatural intervention. Ojeda compares this reading to her reading of Poe’s “Murders at the Rue Morgue” to develop an argument that attempts to address the central flaws in the American Justice system.




Montague’s paper, “Perhaps Liars Do Prosper; An Exploration of Trickery and Heroism in Charles Brockden Brown’s Weiland” aligns the mysterious character Carwin with the trickster archetype, arguing that he is both a selfish, sexually driven character and a cultural hero who forces readers to reconsider the flaws in human reason and faith.



To read full abstracts of these papers, visit the NCUR website.

Celebrating SIRC 2014!

Congrats to our many students and faculty who participated in this year’s Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference!

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Dr. Pam Parker moderated a session, “Fabulous Foils in the Fiction of 18th-Century Britain.” Panelists included (from L to R), Lauren NuDelman, Rowanne Fairchild, Mary Schmick, and Laryssa Lynch.

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Hannah Brenneman, Lauren NuDelman, Maggie Montague, and Flyn Stevens participated in the “Creating the Self In Creative Nonfiction” panel, moderated by yours truly.

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Dr. Doug Sugano and Kelli Hennessey take five after the morning sessions.

Not pictured: a bunch of other people, including Karina Basso, Josie Camarillo, Ana Quiring, Sami Starkey, and Audrey Strohm.

Even as I make this list, I’m sure I’m leaving people out. If you were there, and I missed you, leave a comment and I’ll gladly add you to the list!

Spread the Love: Service Opportunity, Feb. 14th


What are you doing Valentine’s Day?

If the answer is nothing, then this is for you. If the answer is a hot date, then this is still for you.

From 3:00-3:45 p.m. on Feb. 14th, the BELIEF program is holding a writing workshop for 20-40 high school students. This workshop is a part of the all-day BELIEF Conference and will focus on how to write a Personal Statement for college applications and scholarship contests. We all know that getting into college requires a lot of work, and none of us did it alone. The more volunteers, the better.

If anyone is interested in helping lead this writing workshop or would like more information, contact Jonny Whitmore at

The BELIEF program was founded by Whitworth students in Fall 2010 with the objective of providing high school students in the Spokane community with resources that allow students to achieve their dream of attending college.

Click here to find out more about BELIEF (Because Every Life Is Empowering the Future).

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Diana Cater (’13) On Science, Magic, and the Wonders of NUCL


Diana Cater (’13, above) and Blaine Eldredge (’13) recently presented at the Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature at the University of Portland. This annual conference is highly selective, so we’re especially proud that they were both able to represent Whitworth. Diana also presented her paper at the Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference last month.

Diana on Diana: “Diana cater is majoring in Biology and English. She thinks science and literature have fascinating things to say about doubt and our ability to understand the world around us, and wrote a paper to that effect. Lately, she’s been hanging out with tortoises, reading comic books, and co-parenting a pot of tulips with Michael Schmidt.”

Diana on NUCL: “Whenever I write a research paper, I have nagging doubts that anyone will be interested in my ideas other than me. Literature conferences always prove me wrong. At NUCL, I was so impressed by the audience’s ability to engage in topics that were perhaps previously unfamiliar—to ask questions, make connections, and expand ideas and concepts. My panel had papers about science and magic (basically the same things), and it was amazing to see how the audience found themes and connections among our topics. We ended up having a wonderful conversation about faith, doubt, and the ethics of living in a world where nothing is certain. Yeah, I didn’t see that coming either, but it was truly fascinating discussion. If we weren’t kicked out of the classroom, we probably could have kept talking for another hour. To me, that’s really encouraging. There are curious people out there, unafraid of engaging in new ideas.”

Diana recently sent us this dispatch about the experience

A Peek at Jane Austen Panels from SIRC 2013


On April 27, Dr. Laura Bloxham moderated two sessions about Jane Austen at the 2013 Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference. Her Jan term Jane Austen course has generated a cult following. Laura sent the photos. Congrats to her and to her students!

Above: Kirsten Bleeker (’14) presents “Prose or Film: The Battle of Aesthetics Concerning Jane Austen’s Emma.” Below, Joanna Szabo (’15) discusses “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries Web Series: Why Jane Austen is best told in ‘vlog’ form.”


Below, Hannah Crawford (’14), on “Film Misnomers: How Culture Rewrote Mansfield Park.”


In the “Jane Austen: Gender and Money” session, Sarah Jaymes Kenney (’14) presents “‘Having Formed her Mind and Gained her Affections’: The Male-Female Relationship as Destructive in Mansfield Park.”


Willa Schober-Hockman (’14) delivers “Proposals and Power Plays in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.”


Mikayla Ludiker (’14) discusses “Entailment Entanglement: Inheritance Schemes in Sense and Sensibility.”

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