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Call for Papers    



American Studies Conference: Identity, Assimilation, Ethnicity
Deadline: April 4, 2005

The Fletcher Lecture Series Committee of Nicholls State University is pleased to announce the First Fletcher Lecture Series Conference, featuring a keynote address by 2005 Fletcher Lecturer Gerald Early. The conference will be held November 10-12, 2005, on the campus of Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, Louisiana, located in the Bayou Region of South Louisiana (1 hr. from New Orleans and Baton Rouge; 1 1/2 hours from Lafayette).  

General Subject: "Identity, Assimilation, Ethnicity"

Proposal topics may be narrowly focused on any aspect of Gerald Early's career and accomplishments or broadly focused on any aspect of the title concerns: identity, assimilation, and/or ethnicity. Potential topics may be cross-disciplinary as long as the focus remains humanistic rather than technical. Sample topic areas include:  

1. African-American concerns addressed in children's literature

2. Protest literature

3. Crossing racial barriers in American sports

4. The Blues

5. The Harlem Renaissance

6. The literature of Affirmative Action

7. Gerald Early's works, historical contexts, and contributions, especially to our understanding of American culture (sports, music, etc.)
A Thursday keynote address by Gerald Early will be followed by one and a half conference days. Proceedings volume anticipated.


To submit a proposal for an individual presentation, send a title (8-word maximum), a 250-word abstract, and a 50-word (maximum) summary for the conference program. To submit a proposal for a panel, do the same for the overall panel; cite individual participants (names, presentation titles, brief overviews).  

Submit abstracts via email to: or send the proposal to Gina Macdonald, Department of Languages and Literature, P.O. Box 2023, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA 70310. For further information: TEL # (985) 448-4453; FAX:(985) 448-7110 (Attention: Gina Macdonald)