Kemp Symposium

The Department of English and Linguistics is dedicated to undergraduate research and creativity–and to a collaborative sharing of our students’ work.  Our strongest venue for this is the annual Kemp Symposium, which is scheduled each Spring semester and which showcases critical, creative, original work by the department’s students and classes. The Kemp Symposium is open to the public.


Spring 2021

Sixteenth Annual William Kemp Symposium

April 29-30, 2021

In order to make sure that everybody can participate (i.e., present some of your work and/or attend presentations by your fellow majors), all upper-level daytime English and Linguistics classes will be cancelled on these two days. This year the symposium will take place online through Zoom to allow for safe participation in large numbers.

UMW Kemp Program, 2021 FINAL


Mark DiSipio presents at the 2015 Kemp Symposium in The Dickinson Hat

Marc DiSipio presents at the 2015 Kemp Symposium in The Dickinson Hat

 Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society Induction

Friday, April 29, 4:00, Zoom

Taddesse Adera Memorial Address: Why Literature Matters

by Dr. Brenta Blevins


Symposia of Yesteryear:

2020: UMW Virtual Creativity and Research Symposium Booklet and Department Presentations

2019:Kemp Program FINAL, 2019 and 2019 UMW Digital Showcase Program

2018: kemp-program-final-2018

2017: kemp-symposium-program-2017

2016: PROGRAM, Twelfth Annual William Kemp Symposium, April 21-22, 2016

2015: Kemp Symposium Schedule 2015

2014: The 10th Annual William Kemp Symposium for Majors in English

2013: Kemp Symposium Program 2013

2012: 2012 kemp symposium program


2009: Kemp Symposium Program 2009

2008: 2008 Kemp Symposium Program

2007: 2007 Kemp Symposium Program

2006: 2006 ELS Department Kemp Symposium Program