Monday, May 24, 2010

Five Grad Students Present at Oz Conference

from Alida Allison...

Desiree Sullivan, Diana Ferrell, Rebecca Hershberger Howat, Sean Prinz, NaToya Faughnder, and me--all six of us from SDSU at mid-May’s “Oz: the Books” Conference at CSU Fresno thoroughly enjoyed mixing with long-time members of the International Oz Club for three days of illuminating talks, imaginative events, food and conversation, memorabilia tables, and songs from various Oz productions. There were even bulging lunch pails hanging from the trees (as in Ozma of Oz) at CSU Fresno’s president’s house when we all went there for dinner. Our five graduate students shared the stage with faculty from across the country and Oz experts whose knowledge of everything from L. Frank Baum’s mother-in-law, Matilda Jocelyn Gage, to biography and bibliography was a treat. Speakers included Gregory Maguire, Michael Patrick Hearn, Eric Shanower, and Michael Cart—but the star of the weekend was CSU Fresno’s Special Collections Librarian Angelica Carpenter, to whom we all send our gratitude.

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