Keynote Speaker Webcast
Keynote Speakers for 2013
Mary Jo Bang, M.F.A.
Mary Jo Bang is the author of six books of poems, including The Bride of E (2009) and Elegy (2007), which received the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her translation of Dante’s Inferno, with illustrations by Henrik Drescher, was published by Graywolf Press in 2012. She received an M.F.A. in creative writing from Columbia University. Ms. Bang is currently a Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis.
Ryan Ewing, Ph. D.
Ryan Ewing is an Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Alabama. He is currently exploring the surface of Mars with the NASA Curiosity team. Dr. Ewing studies how wind shapes planetary surfaces and how the resulting geomorphic record is archived in ancient rocks. His research uses field work, remote sensing, and numerical modeling to unravel the paleoclimate and paleoenvironmental records locked within these wind-blown sediments and rocks across these worlds. Dr. Ewing’s presentation is titled, “Mars’ Past and Present Dynamic Environments.”
Keynote Speakers for 2012
Bonnie Jo Campbell, M.F.A.
Bonnie Jo Campbell is the author of numerous books including, American Salvage, Q Road, and Once Upon a River. Her work has been awarded the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Prize for short fiction, the Pushcart Prize, and she was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award in fiction. Ms. Campbell received her M.A. in Mathematics and her M.F.A. in Writing from Western Michigan University. She currently lives in Michigan and teaches writing in the low residency program at Pacific University in Oregon.
Cynthia Fisher, Ph.D.
Dr. Cynthia Fisher is a Professor of Psychology with appointments in the Linguistics Department and the Beckman Institute Cognitive Science Group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her field of professional interest is language acquisition; she studies the beginnings of sentence comprehension by infants and toddlers. Dr. Fisher is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and has been a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica in Taiwan, and at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands. Dr. Fisher’s presentation is titled, “Learning Words and Rules: The Early Developement of Sentence Comprehension.”