Alumnus to Serve as Keynote Speaker for EngLing Capstone Conference


The English and Linguistics Senior Seminar Capstone Conference will take place Dec. 2-3 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room A and B.

Student capstone presentations will take place from 8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Dec. 2 and 9 a.m.-4:20 p.m. Dec. 3. For the full schedule of student presentations, click here.

Alumnus Conor Gearin (’15) will be the keynote speaker. He graduated with degrees in English and biology then attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate program in science writing. His essay “Little Golden Floor-Room: On Wild Places and Intimacy” was selected for the Best American Science and Nature Writing 2019. Gearin is the co-host of the podcast “Biogenesis,” and his poetry, watercolor paintings and science writing have appeared in Mochila Review, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, The Millions, New Scientist and The Atlantic.

Gearin will present “Generative Ground: Finding My Way to Writing Through Reading and the Natural World” at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room A. He will follow that with “Racing Your Ghost: On Going Backwards in My Career and Ending up Somewhere Better” at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room A.
The School of Arts and Letters Alumni Visit Grant contributed to Gearin’s return to campus.
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