1:00 to 2:00

Moderator, Dr. Henna Hunnef, Assistant Professor, Department of English

Morgan Giberson

"The socially ostracized of two races": Mixed-Race Identity in Mourning Dove's Cogewea, The Half Blood

Morgan Giberson is a fourth-year Honours student majoring in English with a minor in Psychology. She enjoys reading of any kind and creative writing. She hopes to continue her education to eventually become a teacher. 


Mourning Dove’s novel Cogewea, The Half Blood (1927) depicts a biracial woman as its heroine. Mourning Dove deconstructs her era’s prevalent notions of mixed-race identity and anticipates discourse concerning intersectionality by portraying Cogewea’s experiences of marginalization by Caucasians, alienation from her Indigenous identity, and the converging of both her racial identities.

Mariana Martinez

Echoes of Justice in the Work of Audre Lorde

Mariana Martinez is finishing her undergraduate Honours English and Psychology degree at the University of Saskatchewan, with a research interest on the intersection and power relations between activism and popular culture. She intends to continue her studies at a graduate and postgraduate level.


This paper contends that Audre Lorde’s essay “Poetry is Not a Luxury” (1977) and her poems “Power” and “A Litany for Survival” (1978) are multiple combinations of the same argument, deriving from a layered metaphor: deep inside women – especially women of color – lies untapped power that requires poetry to be accessed and then channeled into action.

Nakita Funk

The Representation and Function of Decolonial Love in Joshua Whitehead's Jonny Appleseed

Nakita Funk is in her final year of a double major in English Honours and Psychology with a certificate in Global Studies. After graduating, she hopes to pursue work as a freelance copywriter for a few years before applying for graduate studies.


In the novel Jonny Appleseed (2018) by Joshua Whitehead, Jonny and his loved ones continually resist colonial standards by supporting each other beyond what conventional roles dictate. This decolonial love allows Jonny to reconcile his queer identity with his Indigenous identity, thus defining his own spirituality and his own path in life.