Plenary Presentation

Opening Plenary Luncheon:



Heritage Ballroom
Thursday, February 23, 11:30 am

Jane MacMorran is director of the Appalachian, Scottish and Irish Studies program within the Department of Appalachian Studies at ETSU where she teaches Scottish Ethnology, Scots Irish in Appalachia, and Appalachia in Scotland and Ireland (study abroad). She also serves as an instructor in the Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Program where she teaches Celtic fiddle and directs the ETSU Celtic Band. A former United States National Fiddling Champion and the winner of many Scottish fiddling competitions, she is a popular teacher at fiddle and violin workshops across the country, including the prestigious Swannanoa Gathering. She has performed at "Speyfest," one of Scotland's premier traditional music festivals, for five years running and in 2006 performed at the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention in Aberdeen, Scotland. As a classical musician, Jane served as Concertmaster of Symphony of the Mountains for more than two decades and is currently a violin instructor and Artistic Director of Suzuki Talent Education of Appalachia.


Plenary Banquet and Keynote Address:


Punctuated by the Pen: Representations of History, Criticism and Feminism in the Letters of Joanna Baillie

Skyline Room & Mountain Terrace
Saturday, February 25, 7:00 pm

Judith Bailey Slagle is a professor of Restoration and eighteenth-century literature at East Tennessee State University.  She earned her PhD from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Before joining the faculty as Chair of English at ETSU, she served as Director of Graduate Studies at Middle Tennessee State University and Associate Dean of Humanities at Roane State Community College.  In addition to an active record of administrative service and consistently high teaching evaluations from her students, she is also a prolific researcher and writer and has received multiple fellowships and grants.  She received an the Honorary Research Fellowship at The University of Edinburgh Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, an NEH grant to participate in the summer seminar for college teachers at the London Public Record Office, the American Philosophical Society’s Maximum Research Grant Award, and many ETSU Research Development Committee’s small and large grants.  In 2008, ETSU recognized her research and writing by presenting her with the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Research Award.  She has also been recognized as a Notable Woman of ETSU.  Her recent books and editions include Romantic Appropriations of History: The Legends of Joanna Baillie and Margaret Holford Hodson (forthcoming 2012), Prologues, Epilogues, Curtain-Raisers and Afterpieces: The Rest of the Eighteenth-Century London Stage (with Daniel J. Ennis, 2007), The Collected Letters of Joanna Baillie (1999), Thomas Shadwell Reconsider’d: Essays in Criticism (1996), and Thomas Shadwell’s The Woman-Captain: A Critical Old-Spelling Edition (1993).