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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.

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Sigma Tau Delta Midwestern Regional Conference

Turmoil, Transcendence, and the Twenties

Sponsored by Lambda Xi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta at Missouri Southern State University

Saturday, February 27, 2021


We are far removed from the Golden Age of the Roaring 1920s, which ended with a crash in 1929; the Romantic poetry, industrial revolution, and colonial expansion of the 1820s; the account of isolation in Daniel Defoe’s genre-defining Robinson Crusoe and of a deadly epidemic in his A Journal of the Plague Year, the deadliest outbreak of smallpox in history in Boston and last major outbreak of bubonic plague in Europe, treaties, trade wars, economic bubbles and busts of the 1720s. Yet, our entrance into the 2020s, too, has been filled with socio-political tension and upheaval, but also hope for something better and the potential for something beyond the ordinary—for transcendence above the turmoil.

The 2021 Midwestern Regional Conference on Saturday, February 27, 2021, is hosted virtually by the Lambda Xi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta at Missouri Southern State University. We invite discussion of the turmoil the world has endured, how humans respond to it, and visions for transcendence in the twenties and beyond. We seek proposals that explore how these themes interact through literary texts, creative writing, historical research, and other disciplines. We encourage broad interpretation of the theme, but will consider submissions on topics beyond the conference theme as well.

Keynote Speaker:
Our keynote speaker Quraysh Ali Lansana is a poet, author, educator, and dynamic speaker. He is author of nine poetry books, three textbooks, three children's books, editor of eight anthologies, and coauthor of a book of pedagogy. The recipient of numerous awards, his work has been published widely in journals and magazines. Lansana earned his MFA from New York University. He spent many years in Chicago where he held faculty positions with the Writing Program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Chicago State University and served as Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing from 2002-2011. His experience ranges through broadcast journalism, editing, curriculum development, and activism. Lansana is currently a Fellow with the Tulsa Artist Fellowship, an adjunct professor for Oklahoma State University–Tulsa, and Curriculum Auditor for Tulsa Public Schools.

Eligibility and Submission Requirements:
Submission to the 2021 Midwestern Regional Conference is open to undergraduate and graduate students in all regions (membership in Sigma Tau Delta is not required) and Sigma Tau Delta alumni. Presenters may submit scholarly or creative work. We accept submissions from English, history, and adjacent fields.

To be considered for acceptance, submit a 250-300-word abstract of your work to with the subject line “2021 Conference Submission.”

To ensure that all submissions are judged anonymously, make sure no identifying information is on your abstract, which should be typed, double-spaced, in Times New Roman, 12pt font. Include a separate cover page with your name, the title of your submission, university, major (and minor, applicable), and year in school. You may also include on the cover page a brief bio of 50-100 words to be used for an introduction at your panel, if your proposal is accepted.

Submissions close Feb. 6, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Acceptance decisions will be made by approximately February 10, 2021.

Requirements for Accepted Work:
• Scholarly papers and short stories should not exceed 2,000 words, excluding cover page and bibliography/works cited page, and should take no longer than 15 minutes to read.
• Poetry selections should take no longer than 15 minutes to read.

Registration Fee:

Because of the virtual format, registration fees are waived. Registration information will be available in early 2021. Register Here




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