On February 16-18, 2017, the South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SCSECS) held its annual conference at the Downtown Salt Lake City Radisson. Brett McInelly, current president of SCSECS, planned and organized the conference, which included over 70 attendees from dozens of colleges and universities from across the country and the world, including Singapore, New Zealand, Russia, and Scotland. Plenary speakers included Dr. Michael Brown of the University of Aberdeen, who was introduced by Dr. Matthew Wickman, and our own Dr. Nicholas Mason, whose presentation was entitled “Imported Tastes, Invasive Species, and the Politics of Forestry in Wordsworth’s Britain.”
The conference received a good deal of local support, including participants from Utah Valley University, the University of Utah, Weber State University, and BYU. Billy Hall and Mary Eyring organized and chaired panels, and nine of our graduate students presented papers. The conference was funded, in part, by generous contributions from Scott Miller, dean of the College of Humanities; Phil Snyder, chair of the English Department; and Barry Weller, chair of the English Department at the University of Utah.
The organization's webpage can be found here.