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April 23, 2014

Three Flagler College seniors recently presented research on early American literature at the Butler Undergraduate Research Conference, the largest of its kind in North America.

Elizabeth Doolittle, William Arbogast and James Hastings delivered a panel entitled “The Construction of Pre-National Identity through Early American Literature” which discussed various ways that early authors used things such as race, gender and religion to define themselves in the new world.

The panel featured each student presenting a paper written for their Intro to American Literature class.

The conference, which was held in Indianapolis on April 11, featured students from more than 45 colleges and universities presenting more than 500 presentations on topics from anthropology and art to chemistry and literature.

“The chance to share our research at a larger level was wonderful,” said Doolittle. “Not only did we enjoy presenting our work, but the opportunity to meet and hear the research of our peers from across the country opened our eyes to the importance of undergraduate scholarship.”

James Hastings, William Arbogast and Elizabeth Doolittle

James Hastings, William Arbogast and Elizabeth Doolittle