Undergraduate Work to be Presented During Humanities Conference
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. –– Illinois Wesleyan University will host the day-long “MUSE: An
Undergraduate Humanities+ Conference” on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020.
This conference will feature more than 40 presentations from undergraduate students
representing many colleges in Illinois, including Illinois Wesleyan, University of
Chicago and University of Illinois at Chicago. The students will present on a range
of topics in the humanities and in creative writing, including poetry, fiction and
In addition to student presentations, the conference will feature two panels. The
first is on humanities-related professions and the second is on the book publication
process. The conference will culminate with a keynote address by Columbia University’s
Professor of American Studies Andrew Delbanco.
Delbanco is the author of numerous books, including the recent publications College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be (2012), and Melville: His World and Work (2005). In 2001, he was named "America's Best Social Critic" by TIME Magazine and elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In February 2012, President
Barack Obama presented Delbanco with the National Humanities Medal for his writings
on higher education and the role of classic authors in history and contemporary life.
The MUSE conference is being organized by the IWU Humanities Fellows, IWU's chapter
of Sigma Tau Delta (the international English honors society), and IWU’s chapter of
Sigma Delta Pi (National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society).
For more information on this event, please email questions to email@example.com.
By Megan Baker ’21