English department sponsors conference


The Department of English will sponsor the 11th annual Pre- Professional Conference (PPC) this fall.
The first ten years of the PPC was organized and sponsored solely by the English department.
The big change this year is that all the other departments involved with the College of Language and Letters are invited to contribute.
Students and faculty in the English, history, political science, languages and international studies departments will be participating in the conference to help students explore post-graduate academic and career routes related to their fields of interest.
“It will give students ideas and inspiration for their majors and future careers,” said Suzette Gee, an Associate Dean in the Department of English.
Christopher Cunningham, a senior studying English, who has attended the PPC in past years said the workshops were fascinating and he was impressed by every guest speaker.
While students may show to listen to speakers and ask questions to panelists, they are encouraged to present their own creative works and research in additional PPC sessions. Gee also encourages that students prepare by familiarizing themselves with a few of the speakers.
“It would become a deeper experience for the students if they prepared well,” Gee said.
The PPC isn’t geared solely towards juniors and seniors. It provides opportunities for all students, particularly those that are studying or will be studying under the College of Language and Letters.
“This conference can help [students] early on to see what they might want to study during college,” Gee said. “It’s for everyone.”
There will be keynote speakers invited by the respective departments.
The English keynote speakers will be Tom and Louise Plummer. The Plummers are both professional writers and retired BYU professors.
Brian Doyle will also be the forum speaker during the week of the PPC.
Cunningham said Brian Doyle is one panelist no one should miss meeting with. According to Publishers Weekly’s Website, “with two Pushcart prizes and a national award in literature, Doyle brings a steady hand to his craft.”
According to BYU-Idaho’s website, “Now having run for over a decade, the PPC has each year become a bigger and better event on the BYU-Idaho academic calendar and has invited a range of esteemed guests, from accomplished writers and academics, to successful government and business leaders.”
According to the English department’s website, “the Fall 2012 PPC promises to be our largest and most widely attended yet.”
The different presentations and panels for the conference will be held in different classrooms in the Thomas E. Ricks Building, the Gordon B. Hinckley Building and the Mark Austin Building.
The conference starts at 8:15 a.m. and will last until 3 p.m. on Oct. 25.