20th Annual Languages, Linguistics & Literature Graduate Student Conference A Resounding Success

The College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature’s 20th Annual Graduate Student Conference titled “Celebrating Voices—past · present · future” held on April 23 at the Imin International Conference Center proved to be the record-breaking anniversary celebration intended by conference planners.  There were 34 presentations by PhD and MA students.  Additionally, for the first-time ever, outstanding undergraduates participated in the conference through presentations and by creating a visual display in the luncheon dining area.  Altogether, the conference attracted 137 participants.

Congratulations to the following students–their presentations are a sampling of the wide range of outstanding scholarship and research that takes place within the college:

Abbey Mayer, English

Alice Kim, English

Antonio Vega, East Asian Languages and Literatures

Brittney Holt, English

Bryn Hauk, Linguistics

Christine Shi, East Asian Languages and Literatures

Christopher Smith, East Asian Languages and Literatures

Colleen O’Brien, Linguistics

Daniela Gonzalez Quezada, Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas

Dante Delfino, Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas

Ding Wang, Second Language Studies

Elham Monfaredi, Second Language Studies

Emily Plumb, Second Language Studies

Hong Ri Kim, Second Language Studies

Hyunjung An, East Asian Languages and Literatures

Isaac Wang, English

Jason Kang, Second Language Studies

Jee H. Lee, East Asian Languages and Literatures

Jing Zhou, East Asian Languages and Literatures

Kristin Rock, Second Language Studies

Lamar Triplett, Second Language Studies

Lauren Nishimura, English

Machiko Hasegawa, Second Language Studies

Maho Takahashi, Linguistics

Mai Yamamoto, East Asian Languages and Literatures

Maria Teresa Tercero Donate, Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas

Michael Garrett, Second Language Studies

Mitsuko Suzuki, Second Language Studies

Mónica Vidal, Second Language Studies

Patrick Finneran, East Asian Languages and Literatures

Peter Schuelke, Linguistics

Reed Riggs, East Asian Languages and Literatures

Ricky Domingo, Second Language Studies

Ryan Henke, Linguistics

Sam Ikehara, English

Sharon Joy Estioca, Linguistics

Steven Holmes, English

Vera Hanaoka, East Asian Languages and Literatures

Xuan Guan, Linguistics

Yang Liu, Second Language Studies

Yijun Ding, East Asian Languages and Literatures

Yoriko Ito, East Asian Languages and Literatures

Zhi Li, East Asian Languages and Literatures

Carroll-Upadhyay-ManIn order to mark this conference’s milestone anniversary, invited guest Dr. Samrat Upadhyay (’99, PhD English) delivered the keynote address, returning to his alma mater.  Upadhyay is the distinguished Martha C. Kraft Professor of Humanities at Indiana University.  His journey from graduate student to accomplished writer was described with profound gratitude, and included homages to former English professors, Ian MacMillan and Robbie Shapard.

Dr. James D Brown, Dr. Christina Gerhardt, and Ms. Kim Compoc, enhanced the program with their featured talks.   Brown received the inaugural LLL Senior Faculty Excellence in Scholarship & Research Award; Gerhardt received the inaugural LLL Junior & Mid-Career Faculty Excellence in Scholarship & Research Award; and Compoc received the inaugural LLL Excellence in Doctoral Dissertation Research Award.

Dean Jeff Carroll would like to especially acknowledge and thank  the graduate students who served as conference chairs and tended to the many large tasks and minute details that are involved in planning:

Sam Aguirre, Second Language Studies

Amber Camp, Linguistics

Harry Hale, East Asian Languages and Literatures

Kirsten Helgeson, Linguistics

Daniel Holden, Second Language Studies

By every measure, they exceeded expectations, making the 20th conference an exceptional one.

Conference Program: http://www.lll.hawaii.edu/lllconference/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2016-LLL-Conference-program.pdf