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MAHWAH – Four undergraduate students enrolled in the School of American and International Studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey will present papers at the International Virginia Woolf Conference at Fordham University in New York City in June.  The conference attracts Woolf scholars and graduate students.

Tracey Spinato of Mahwah will speak on “Imprints of Colonialism in Woolf and Morrison.”  Gretchen Kaser of Hillsdale will speak on “Memory and the Past in Woolf and Morrison.”  Elyse Wunschel of Harrington Park will speak on “Fire and Water in the Novels of Toni Morrision and Virginia Woolf.”  Kristen Moledo of Middletown will speak on “Loss and Healing in Beloved and To the Lighthouse.”

The students were enrolled in a literature course, “Woolf and Morrison Major Authors,” taught by Professor Lisa Williams last fall.  The papers will be part of a panel, “An Undergraduate Course Looks at Virginia Woolf and Toni Morrison,” chaired by Williams.

The annual international conference draws participants from all over the world.  “We are very proud of the accomplishments of these Ramapo College literature students,” said Williams.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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