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APRIL 4-6, 2019

The DePauw University Department of COMMUNICATION & THEATRE


DePauw University’s National Undergraduate Honors Conference is designed to encourage undergraduate scholarship and facilitate the interaction between undergraduates and major scholars in communication and theatre.


This is a working conference emphasizing a mentoring relationship with our distinguished visiting professors. Students collaborate with guest professors in small-group seminars designed to refine and extend their ideas. This is an excellent opportunity for students thinking about graduate or professional education beyond their undergraduate experience.


Housing (Thursday to Saturday), meals, and conference materials will be provided for each participant.  Cost of transportation to and from the conference must be borne by the participant.  Free transportation will be provided from the Indianapolis airport to DePauw University.  There will be a conference registration fee of $175.00 per participant.


Dr. Catherine R. Squires

Please join the Communication and Theatre department and learn from Dr. Catherine R. Squires.  The title of her talk will be: "Faster Than The Speed of Discernment: Some Inside-Out Observations on Communication".

Catherine R. Squires is Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota.  She is the author of multiple books, including Dispatches from the Color Line (SUNY Press 2007) and The Post-Racial Mystique (New York University Press 2014).  Most recently she edited the collection Dangerous Discourses: Feminism, Gun Violence & Civic Life (Peter Lang 2016), which was a finalist for the AEJMC Tankard Award.  Currently, her work focuses on cultivating intergenerational storytelling and healing in schools. She lives in St. Paul with her family and is always on the lookout for interesting birds.

Thursday, April 4, 2019, 8:00 PM
Memorial Student Union Building, ballroom 



Dr. James Brandon
Hillsdale College

Dr. Cara Finnegan
University of Illinois

Dr. Elana Levine
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


We welcome undergraduate-authored papers concerning all areas of communication and theatre, including rhetoric, interpersonal, small group, organizational, media theory and criticism, theatrical theory and criticism, film studies, etc.  Limited multiple authorship is acceptable, but not class projects; we reserve the right to invite only one author from each paper.

Submit “blind” papers and cover pages as separate email attachments, both formatted in Microsoft Word. Deadline for submission is January 7, 2019.  Please include a campus address, phone number, e-mail address, and faculty sponsor on the cover page.  Authors will be notified of selection by letter and e-mail in mid-February.  Only completed research will be considered – no proposals.  Papers should not exceed 30 pages double-spaced (excluding title page, references and appendices).

Send to: 

Kent Menzel, Conference Co-Director
Communication and Theatre
DePauw University
600 South Locust
Greencastle, Indiana 46135