George Hovis with Student Presenters
Three spring 2015 graduates in English–Amanda Augesen, Sarah Cummings, and Caitlyn Kuzmich–are traveling to Albany, NY, to present research at the 37th annual Thomas Wolfe Society conference. Their independent research focuses on Thomas Wolfe’s two most celebrated novels, You Can’t Go Home Again and Look Homeward, Angel. The Conference will attract presenters from all over the United States, as well as Europe.
In addition to two days of scholarly panels focusing on the critical study of Thomas Wolfe’s fiction, participants will take a day trip to tour sites along the Hudson River Valley relevant to Wolfe’s life—including Rhinebeck, where Wolfe made frequent visits to friend and muralist Olin Dows. The conference’s theme, “Wolfe’s America from the Gilded Age to the Great Depression,” will find expression in tours of the Vanderbilt Mansion and the FDR Home and Museum, both scheduled stops on the Hyde Park leg of the day trip.
Travel to and participation in the conference is made possible by support from the Caroline ’67 and David D’Antonio Undergraduate Student Travel for Excellence fund, which funds travel by undergraduate students to present research. Joining the graduates in Albany will be SUNY Oneonta alumnus Dylan Nealis (class of 2013), who will participate with Cummings in a roundtable discussion on the subject “Teaching Wolfe in the 21st Century.”
The graduates’ research projects were advised by Dr. George Hovis, who will also be attending the Albany Conference. The full titles of their presentations are listed below.
- Amanda Augesen, “Animality in Look Homeward, Angel“;
- Sarah Cummings, “Decadent Decay: The Complexity of Social Corruption, Consciousness and Critique in Watchmen and You Can’t Go Home Again”;
- Caitlyn Kuzmich, “You Can’t Go Home Again: Greed, Truth and the American Identity.