Sigma Tau Delta Travels to International Convention in Louisville

Posted April 13, 2017

Students of Missouri Valley College’s Nu Epsilon chapter of Sigma Tau Delta traveled to Louisville, Kentucky to participate in the international convention on March 29-31. Sigma Tau Delta is an international English honors society open to students pursuing majors or minors in literature, composition, linguistics or related disciplines in the humanities, and those that achieve a ‘B’ average or better. The Nu Epsilon chapter at MVC is also responsible for publishing the campus literary journal, the Purple Patch, each year. The Purple Patch shares creative and scholarly work by students from across the campus community.

Those students who attended this year’s convention were junior Dakota Cantwell, sophomore Lea Filali and freshman Shiyu Moritani. They were accompanied by the Sigma Tau Delta faculty sponsor, Dr. Will Lombardi. Dakota Cantwell presented a scholarly paper discussing variations within a sub-genre of science fiction literature entitled, “The Purposes of Apocalyptic Fiction.” Cantwell provided a history of apocalyptic literature, he considered conflicting perspectives on the nature and idea of apocalypse, and he offered a close reading of Octavia E. Butler’s novel, The Parable of the Sower. This was Cantwell’s first opportunity to share his work at an international conference. His paper was very well-received by the audience. His ideas generated a thought-provoking conversation during the question and answer period, and interest in his work extended through casual encounters throughout the weekend. Valley’s representatives enjoyed presentations of creative writing and scholarly panels related to student research in the areas of feminism, cultural studies and literature. They were excited to attend a question and answer session with major contemporary novelist and Man Booker Prize winner, Marlon James. Valley’s scholars were able to share ideas and spend time in the city with other undergraduates and professors from around the country, and the world.

Sigma Tau Delta hopes to induct new members for the 2017-18 school year before the end of this semester.  If you are interested in joining, please contact Dr. Lombardi at


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