During his junior year, English and philosophy/religion major James Hastings traveled throughout the country to attend conferences and exchange his ideas with other undergraduate scholars. In late February, Hastings attended the Sigma Tau Delta 2014 International Convention, held in Savannah Ga., where he presented a paper on Faulkner. In April, he flew to Indianapolis, Ind., with fellow classmates Elizabeth Doolittle and William Arbogast to present a paper on Benjamin Franklin at Butler University.
Of the Sigma Tau Delta 2014 International Convention, Hastings says, “The experience at the conference was excellent and full of nice intelligent people in a beautiful southern city.”
Sigma Tau Delta is an international English honor society for students at four-year colleges and universities and seeks to promote scholarship in literature. Hastings is both a member and an official, serving as the president for Flagler College’s Sigma Tau Delta chapter.
Hastings is also a work study for the English department and recently was honored with a $1,000 scholarship by the Northeast Florida chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the country’s oldest and most respected undergraduate honors organization that seeks to recognize outstanding academic work and intellectual breadth.