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UC Professor Presents Papers and Serves as Guest Editor


Williamsburg, Ky. - Dr. Laura Dennis, professor of French at University of the Cumberlands (UC), will be presenting papers at several different events over the next few months. In addition, Dennis will also be a guest editor for an upcoming issue of a scholarly magazine.

Last March, Dr. Dennis’ paper entitled “India Song: Script, Soundtrack, and More in Michéle Rakotoson’s Julliet au pays” was named best-of-session at the 2011 Kentucky Philological Association’s annual conference. Her article was automatically forwarded to the editorial committee for consideration as a future publication in the Kentucky Philological Review. It was one of seven articles reviewed at the editorial committee’s meeting in September at Morehead State University. This is the third time in four years that she has had her work named best-of-session and selected for publication.

Dr. Dennis is a guest editor for the upcoming issue of the “Kentucky Philological Review”. The guest editor position is offered to any researcher whose work has been published in the previous issue of the scholarly journal. As a guest editor, she has been able to read all the best of section papers, rank them, and then meet with the head editor Joe Moffett of Northern Kentucky University and the rest of committee to discuss her recommendations.

Just this weekend, October 14 and 15, Dr. Dennis attended the Appalachian College Association Summit in Asheville, North Carolina. She was a co-presenter in a session on stimulating student’s creativity and critical thinking with Dr. Kim Miller, another UC professor.

Next month, Dennis will be attending the 26th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities on Transformation/Adaptation at the University of West Georgia. During the event, to be held from November 10-12, 2011, she will present a paper entitled “Congorama: From Domination to Diversity”.

This conference will feature professors of all sorts. The theme of the conference differs every year with this year’s theme being Transformation/Adaptation. The paper Dr. Dennis will be presenting is an analysis of the title of the Belgian-Canadian film Congorama. Her audience will be other professors as well as students of University of West Georgia.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.

Article Provided by Tabitha Bradley, University of the Cumberlands Multimedia and Athletic Services Department Student Assistant