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Regional Events

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 Eastern Regional Conference: The Work of an Artist

Sponsored by Alpha Phi Iota Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Mount St. Mary's University, Emmitsburg, MD

This conference seeks to examine the concept of labor in all of its forms: intellectual, artistic, physical, and otherwise. Our conference theme rises out of Sigma Tau Delta's proposed common reading of the year, Tess Taylor's Work and Days.

This is, of course, a theme celebrated in literature through the ages. For instance, in Robert Frost's poem "The Death of the Hired Man," Silas, the hired man, works one summer beside Harold Wilson, a boy home from college. Silas believes if he could teach Harold to build a load of hay, "he'd be / some good perhaps to someone in the world. / He hates to see a boy the fool of books." This poem presents a tension between physical labor and intellectual labor.

In 1964, Richard Hofstadter won a Pulitzer for Anti-Intellectualism in American Life. A strain exists in American thought that looks askance at the labor of the mind as opposed to the labor of the hands. And this suspicion of intellectual labor has an extra spin for those in literary studies as every English major has had to answer the question, "Yes, but what are you going to do with an English major?"

Submission Requirements:
Please propose a paper or complete panel that takes a literary approach to the topic above. Presentations may be analytical papers or original creative writing. Possible topics could include but are not limited to:

  • Physical labor, intellectual labor, artistic labor
  • The works of individual artists
  • Gender and work
  • Work of the private sphere, work of the public sphere
  • Anti-intellectualism and anti-academic sentiment in our present times
  • Labor, as in child birth
  • The "good" of an English major and the Humanities in the age of STEM

Types of Submissions:
We invite conference participants to write about the theme of work, but we welcome paper and panel proposals that take a broader and more creative interpretation of the topic. Papers and creative writing produced in courses or independent studies are welcome. Presentations should be 10-15 minutes.

Any student who has a paper, panel, or work of creative writing that addresses the conference's theme. Members of Sigma Tau Delta and English majors and minors are especially encouraged to submit work.

Please submit abstracts of 200 words to

Submission Document Type: doc, docx, pdf

Submission Deadline: Saturday, August 31, 2019 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Email Questions to:
Dr. Sean Lewis,

Additional Information: Final registration information will be sent to participants whose work has been accepted for the conference.

Annual International Convention

March 25 - 28, 2020
St. Louis, MO

Regional Events

Sep. 21
Eastern Region
Mount St. Mary's University
Emmitsburg, MD