Our 2019 Coordinator
My name is Virginia Larose, and I am the Co-Ordinator for the very first HEART and SOULS conference. I am a fourth-year student here at Bishop’s University, studying an Honours in English Literature, with a Minor in Creative Writing and Journalism. Upon graduating this year, I hope to move on to a Master’s in Information Studies, as I can never imagine myself in an employment where I am not always learning and gaining access to new information.
Last year, I served on the vetting and organizing committee for QUEUC (HEART and SOULS before the rebranding), and presented my own research on J. G. Ballard’s dystopian novel High-Rise. On the vetting committee, I was able to read and analyze the research and critical value of over 260 submitted Undergraduate essays, narrowing them to just 65 to comprise the conference. This expanded my mind to new areas of research that I had not even considered, and it was a thrilling experience. So rewarding was my experience in last year’s proceedings, that I knew I wanted to return in whatever capacity I was able. When the position of HEART and SOULS Co-Ordinator became available for the 2019 conference, I knew immediately that this was an opportunity I could not ignore. I wholeheartedly believe in the importance of undergraduate research, and highlighting its immeasurable contributions to the academic community. And this year, we’re so excited to introduce a new side to our conference: HEART - proceedings on excellence in teaching in the humanities. After all, great thought is fostered by excellent teaching!
Thank you so much for you interest in this so necessary conference. Hope to see you at this year’s HEART and SOULS!