Claflin News

Claflin University English Majors Present Research at National Conference

Feb 29, 2012


Yulon Zhu, left, and Mark Barnes, right, attended the 21st British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference in February where they presented their research.

Two Claflin University seniors, Yulon Zhu and Mark Barnes, from the Department of English and Foreign Languages presented their research at the 21st British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference held on Feb. 17-18 in Savannah, Ga.

Very few undergraduate presenters are accepted at this conference, and Claflin's students were immediately approached by faculty from various graduate programs attending this conference.

Zhu developed her research project from her course on postcolonial literature and senior honors thesis.

Barnes developed his project from his English Internship research project and senior project. He has been invited to revise his paper for publication. Barnes is a third generation Claflinite.

Both Yulon and Barnes plan to become English educators.

Dr. Mitali Wong, professor of English, serves as the research mentor for both projects. The students traveled with Wong who presented a paper at this conference. The group was joined by Dr. Kim Green, '04, assistant professor of English, who also presented. This student-faculty research effort has been encouraged and supported by Dr. Peggy S. Ratliff, dean of School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Claflin Photos