|by Ramona Hyman, Ph.D., chair, English & Foreign Languages|
|Oakwood University Senior English majors traveled to Southern Adventist University on February 22, 2019, for the third annual Oakwood University-Southern Adventist University Senior English Majors Research Conference.|
During the conference, seniors presented their research projects, participated in peer review sessions and a post-presentation discussion on the literature and ideas presented. The students had a special treat this year—as they were greeted by the Southern University president Dr. David Smith, who was himself an English major and an English professor.
This year three graduating seniors presented–Nia Freeman, Brenique Hanna, and Sydney Purnell. The initiative is the brainchild of former OU English faculty member, Dr. Kem Roper, and Dr. Linda Tym, Associate Professor of English at SAU. The annual conference, which alternates location between OU and SAU, was created to foster intellectual exchange between the English majors of both institutions.
Dr. Chandra Mountain, who now coordinates the program at Oakwood remarked, “The conference gets stronger every year. I am increasingly impressed with the professionalism and critical acumen of OU’s English majors. They are truly, as Dr. Hyman says, “Black brilliance.”