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Friday, August 25 and Saturday, August 26, 2017

Performance, Culture, and the Book: A Conference Honoring the Work of Claire Sponsler

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Friday, August 25 and Saturday, August 26, 2017

Keynote addresses:

Kathleen Ashley, Distinguished Professor of English (emerita), University of Southern Maine: “Claire’s Keywords.”
Jody Enders, Distinguished Professor of French at the University of California—Santa Barbara: “The Absent Presence of Medieval Tragedy.”
Jeff Porter, Professor of English, University of Iowa: “Planet Claire: A Love Story.”

All events are free and open to all. Conference sessions will take place in the English-Philosophy Building of the University of Iowa. For further details, contact Jonathan Wilcox (, Department of English, University of Iowa, or Joelle Petersen (

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact The English Department in advance at (319) 335-0454.



Conference papers:

  • Rob Barrett, Department of English, University of Illinois;
  • Robert Clark, Department of French, Kansas State University;
  • Judith Coleman, Department of English, Delta State University;
  • Theresa Coletti, Department of English, University of Maryland;
  • Glenn Ehrstine, Department of German, University of Iowa;
  • Max Harris, Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin;
  • Vickie Larsen and John Pendell, Department of English, University of Michigan—Flint;
  • Kim Marra, Department of Theatre Arts and American Studies, University of Iowa;
  • Michael Moore, Department of History, University of Iowa;
  • Susie Phillips, Department of English, Northwestern University;
  • Ann Pleiss Morris, Department of English, Ripon College, WI;
  • Amy Mulligan, Department of Irish, Notre Dame University.
  • Carol Symes, Department of History and Medieval Studies, University of Illinois.