THANK YOU to all EAPSU 2019 Conference participants!
"Hope is the Thing with Pages"
This year's theme embraces hope, healing, and bringing people together. Should empathy matter to students, teachers, writers, readers, and professionals? How do we reach out to others who suffer? How do we find strength in each other? How do we bridge divides? How do we move forward?
In 2011, after having been diagnosed with breast cancer, Mansfield University English professor Dr. Kristin Sanner penned an article for The Chronicle of Higher Education titled "The Literature Cure." In it, she describes finding comfort and strength in favorite poems and passages. She was particularly fond of chanting, "Hope is the thing with feathers / That perches in the soul." Kristin continued to teach during her illness, and she increasingly found that literature "helps us understand how to live and how to die. It shows us how to persevere in the face of adversity, how to reach into our personal depths and find both meaning and will. It reminds us of the dichotomous fragility and tenacity of earthly living. It also teaches us how to care for those who suffer."