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Dr. Rodrigo Pereyra (World Languages and Cultures) participated in the University of Texas RGV, FESTIBA Cultural Conference March 3. He gave a presentation on Mexican women contemporary writers, and he interviewed author Elvia Ardalani (Mexico) and editor María José Mielgo (Spain). The interview is to be published in the Spanish (Bilbao) cultural and literary journal Literarte.

Bruce Craft (English) presented “Trailer Parks, Crystal Meth, and Po’ White Trash: Teaching Grit Lit as Transformative Pedagogy” at the Humanities Education and Research Association (HERA) national conference March 4.

Dr. Paula S. Calderon (Education) was invited to present at the 84th Annual Convention of the Louisiana School Boards Association March 7. Her presentation focused on the challenges in teacher education recruitment and retention and strategies to address the declining enrollment in teacher education programs in the state. The presentation was attended by district superintendents, human resource directors, school board members, and other elected officials.

Heather Budden, Connie Budden, Michael Budden and David Wyld (Business) had their article, “Reading, Writing, And Covid: The Impacts Of The Pandemic On One University’s Business Students’ Reading And Writing Behaviors,” accepted for publication in the European Journal of Education and Pedagogy.     

At the 2022 South Central Renaissance Conference, hosted by the University of Alabama but held via Zoom March 3-5, Samantha Perez (History and Political Science) presented the paper “The Tenshō Embassy in Italy: Locating the Foreign Exotic in Italian Responses to 16th c. Japanese Ambassadors” and chaired an additional session on “Persona and Aesthetic;” William B. Robison (History and Political Science) delivered the Keynote Address for the SCRC affiliate, the Queen Elizabeth I Society, “Gloriana or Galadriel? The Tilbury Speech and Other Elizabethan Set Pieces in History, Memory, Fiction, and Film: An Address Honoring the Memory of Dr. Brandie Siegfried;” and Caroline Armbruster - who earned a B.A. in History at Southeastern, is now working under the supervision of Professor Victor Stater in the Ph.D. in History program at Louisiana State University, and has just submitted her doctoral dissertation – presented a paper, “‘The Virtues of Her Sex’: Agnes Strickland’s Influence on Modern Depictions of Tudor Women,” which won the Strickland Prize awarded annually by the QEIS to the best paper by a junior scholar. QEIS President Catherine Loomis said Armbruster’s talk “provided a meticulous and clear-sighted account of the ways in which the Strickland sisters were influenced by, and exerted influence on, the culture in which they researched and wrote their histories.”