ADA, OK (11/28/2017) East Central University English majors Avery Stevens, of Ada, and Karina Tarpey, of Seminole, presented papers at the University of Central Oklahoma's Undergraduate Language and Linguistics Conference on Nov. 11.
Stevens' paper was entitled "The Rhetoric of Reason in Religious Context: Forgiveness as a Necessary Limit on God." In his essay, Avery proposed an effective counterargument to Anne C. Minas, who contends that given the traditional traits associated with God, it is logically impossible for God to forgive.
In Tarpey's essay "The Advantages of Reading Thirteen Reasons Why Through a Transaction Lens," she used a reader response theory to discuss the ways in which one could create an engaging and instructive unit for secondary level students on the critically received Thirteen Reasons Why.
"I am so proud of both of these students. They are two of our best and brightest," said Jennifer McMahon, professor in ECU's Department of English and Languages. "Not only did they present their work at an undergraduate conference, they are actively seeking to publish their work."