October 30, 2017
Honors student Emma Blanchard has been invited to present at the annual conference of the American Association of Australasian Literary Studies (AAALS). The AAALS is an organization of North American scholars that promotes the study and research of works of literature originating from Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific.
The paper Blanchard will be presenting, “Ali Cobby Eckermann’s Ruby Moonlight: Remembering the Past as a Means of Returning to Indigenous Culture,” was drawn from her work with Dr. Nathanael O’Reilly on her Honors thesis. Dr. O’Reilly, former president of the AAALS, noted that it is “extremely rare” for an undergraduate student to be accepted for presentation.
The conference will take place from April 5-7, 2018 at New York University. Blanchard’s travel to New York will be supported by the Department of English and the John V. Roach Honors College.
Blanchard will graduate as an Honors Laureate in spring 2018 with a degree in English and Political Science.