English Graduates for Academic Development (EGAD)
The English Graduates for Academic Development (EGAD) serves a variety of functions at Texas A & M University-Commerce. EGAD hosts an annual conference that invites students, undergraduate and graduate, and faculty to come together and discuss current and future issues in literature and composition and encourages presentations analyzing texts, games, visual rhetoric, graphic novels, comic books, and more. The conference has included presenters from Texas Women’s University, University of Texas-Dallas, University of North Texas, University of California-Santa Cruz, Cal State-Fullerton, St. Louis University, and others. Such a diverse gathering of professionals and students provides our graduate students the opportunity to engage in the same intellectual activities that would be expected of them in their future academic careers. This conference also offers EGAD student organizers the opportunity to plan and execute a professional conference. Ultimately, EGAD affords our graduate students a place to learn and hone the skills necessary to succeed in their professions.
About the 2007 EGAD Conference, “(Re)Presenting Genres: Shaping Minds Through Literature and Composition”:
EGAD’s 2007 keynote speaker was Scott McCloud, author of Making Comics, Reinventing Comics, and Understanding Comics. Mr. McCloud’s “visual lectures” offer numerous insights into graphic narratives and comics.
The titles of a few panels:
- Poetic Form and Formations of God in Milton
- Where Literacies Converge
- Writing Our Way In: Selected Studies in Teaching Writing
- Gaming Theory and Graphic Novels: Who’s Playing Now?
- Editors’ Panel: What Do Journal Editors Want?