Award-winning playwright to speak at USF

The University of St. Francis (USF) will present award-winning author of the play “In the Next Room,” Sarah Ruhl as the keynote speaker for the university’s 24th annual English Language and

Award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl will present at the University of St. Francis 24th annual English Language and Literature (ELL) Conference on March 21. The conference draws presenters from throughout the nation to showcase humanities research by undergraduate students.

Award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl will present at the University of St. Francis 24th annual English Language and Literature (ELL) Conference on March 21. The conference draws presenters from throughout the nation to showcase humanities research by undergraduate students.

Literature (ELL) Conference on Saturday, March 21. The conference draws presenters from throughout the nation to showcase humanities research by undergraduate students.

The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award, Ruhls has also been a Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award nominee. Her plays include “The Clean House,” “Passion Play,” “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” and Eurydice.

Ruhl is the recipient of The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize: the Pen American Award; The Fourth Freedom Forum Playwriting Award from The Kennedy Center and the Helen Hayes award. She has been honored with the Whiting Writers’ Award and The Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical. She is a faculty member at the Yale School of Drama.

The ELL Conference draws students and professors from colleges and universities throughout the country to USF. Participants have included Barnard College, Harvard University, Northwestern University, Sarah Lawrence College, the University of Illinois, University of St. Francis, Allegheny College, Beloit University, California State University – Fresno, Carthage College, Concordia University, Cornell College, Dominican University, Grand Valley State University, Illinois State University, Indiana University – South Bend, Indiana Wesleyan University, Knox College, Lesley University, Lewis University, Meredith College, St. Ambrose University, Trinity Christian College, University of Chicago, University of Houston, University of South Dakota and West Virginia University.

At the conference, undergraduates present their own scholarship to an audience of peers and professors. Students also compete to earn awards, including, among others, The Gertrude Stein (Best Essay on Gender and Sexuality), The Terry Eagleton (Best Use of Theory) and The Hemingway (Most Economical Use of Language).

Ruhl’s keynote address will be at 1:15 p.m. in the Turk Theater of the Moser Performing Arts Center at the 500 Wilcox St., Joliet campus. Admission is free.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., has 46,000 alumni throughout the country. USF serves 3,400 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in arts and sciences, business, education, nursing, health care and social work. For information, call (800) 735-7500 or visit www.stfrancis.edu.


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