Black Hills State University participants in the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) Randi Anderson, recent English graduate from Newell, and Gwen Writer, junior English and environmental science major from Sturgis, were published in the 2007 NCUR Proceedings. NCUR Proceedings is a prestigious national journal which features the research of students who have presented papers at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
The 2007 conference was held at Dominican University of California, where over 2,000 students from 250 universities and colleges presented their original research. Only a third of those who submit abstracts are invited to deliver presentations. Twenty-two BHSU students attended the three-day event. Students who deliver papers at NCUR are invited to submit their work for publication in NCUR Proceedings. Only 12 to 18 percent of the essays submitted are then selected for publication.
In Writer’s article, entitled “Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight as a Study in Identity Formation,” she uses philosopher Richard Rorty’s ideas about autonomy to illuminate Alexander Fuller’s disturbing memoir of her childhood in war-torn Rhodesia. Writer’s NCUR advisor was Dr. Amy Fuqua, director of the Honors Program and associate professor in the humanities department at BHSU.
Anderson’s article, “Carolyn Forché and the Fight Against a Collective Amnesia,” argues that the poet Carolyn Forché uses a variety of literary strategies to thwart the “collective amnesia” that veteran war journalist Chris Hedges claims both accompanies and fuels large-scale violence. Anderson’s NCUR advisor in 2007 and 2006 was Dr. Vincent King, associate professor in the humanities department at BHSU.
Anderson also had an essay published in the 2006 NCUR Proceedings. Theresa Law, senior English major from Rapid City, and Leonard Crosby, senior English major from Hot Springs, were also published in 2006.