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The Brain is Wider Than the Sky|Fourth Annual Interdisciplinary Conference

Saturday, March 28th Banquet Menu

Mixed green salad (plated)


-Marinated grilled steak with garlic and rosemary potatoes, tomato parmesan

-Chicken piccata with rice pilaf, citrus carrots and broccoli

-Grilled vegetable strudel over red pepper coulis and rice pilaf

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The Brain is Wider Than the Sky

“A person's memory is everything, really. Memory is identity” –Stephen King, Duma Key

Held at The Hilton Garden Inn 2229 Grand Ave, Laramie WY

March 27-29, 2015

Conference Schedule

The University of Wyoming English Graduate Interdisciplinary 2015 Spring Conference, The Brain is Wider Than the Sky, invites papers focusing on the relationship between memory and identity.

The University of Wyoming encourages all applicants with compelling research regarding memory and identity.

The conference seeks to consider the following questions:

  • How does storytelling shape our memories and identity?

  • How does memory intersect with the geographic?

  • How can contested memory influence identity?

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Nonrefundable $35 Registration Fee

Scholarship information forthcoming

Send proposals as an email attachment to:

with "The Brain is Wider Than the Sky CFP" as its subject.

Proposal deadline is January 1, 2015.

Conference candidates will receive an invitation of acceptance no later than February 1, 2015.

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Keynote Speaker Jeffrey Means

Jeff Means (Enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe) is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Wyoming in the field of Native American History. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma in 2007. His primary area of interest is Great Plains Indian culture, Colonial Cultural Encounters, and Oglala Lakota history in the 18th and 19th century.

Keynote Speaker Sonja Livingston

Sonja Livingston's latest book, Queen of the Fall, (forthcoming, University of Nebraska Press) combines myth and memory to explore the various models and messages of femininity in the culture. Her first book, Ghostbread, a memoir, won the AWP Book Prize for Creative Nonfiction and has been adopted by classrooms and reading groups around the nation. Essays appear in journals such as Arts & Letters, the Iowa Review, AGNI, Bellingham Review, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction and many others. Sonja’s literary nonfiction has been honored with an Iowa Review Award, an Arts & Letters Essay Prize, as well as fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center and the Deming Fund for Women. Sonja earned her MFA from the University of New Orleans and has taught in writing programs in Scotland, Ireland and Mexico. She currently splits her time between New York State and Tennessee, where she teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Memphis.

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