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 2023

Eighteenth Annual William Kemp Symposium

April 20-21, 2023

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.

The 2023 symposium will take place in-person on April 20-21, Thursday and Friday.

For more information about this year’s event, contact Dr. Paul Fallon (pfallon at

Event Schedule Program:

For a detailed schedule with events, times, and presentation times, see the program:

Kemp Symposium Program 2023


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 22, 4:00, Combs 139

Taddesse Adera Memorial Address: Why Literature Matters

Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Levin


Symposia of Yesteryear:

2022: UMW Kemp Program, 2022

2021: UMW Kemp Program, 2021 FINAL

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