Description: Conflict arises from rigidity of perspective; religious conflicts fester when narrowness claims there is only one way to see or believe, imposing the limitations of human understanding on the nature of God. The novels and short stories of Graham Greene and Flannery O?Connor are replete with characters who seem wholly undeserving of a relationship with God and highly unlikely to merit salvation. Ironically, the most ?unreligious? characters repeated reveal the inscrutability of God, mirroring again and again that no human can know the mind of God nor is God limited to human perceptions of who is good or deserving of mercy. Sarah Miles, central figure of the love tryst in Graham Greene?s The End of the Affair, a particularly potent example of the ?loved sinner? is a character ?God hunts.? She reveals in many ways the God who loves profligately?a God who comes not for the righteous. In Flannery O?Connor?s ?Revelation? Mary Grace literally fulfills her name as she serves as the conduit of God for the pompous, self-righteous Ruby Turpin. In examining the characters of Greene and O?Connor, this paper demonstrates their potential to stretch perceptions of the limitless God.
Description: Building from a survey of over 1400 teens on the issues dominating their lives and the books they have read to address these issues, Mary Warner explores the idea that "story" is a powerful source of meaning. Mary's presentation, based on her book, ADOLESCENTS IN THE SEARCH FOR MEANING: TAPPING THE POWERFUL RESOURCE OF STORY, will discuss the results of the survey, the insights of authors of Young Adult Literature and ways to tap the important resources of YA Literature
Description: Panel Presentation: "Empowering Beginning English Teachers in the Assessment-Driven World: Supporting and Sustaining New Colleagues in their Journey to Being `Compleat Teachers"; my individual paper: "English Education Faculty's Role in Shaping and Supporting New Teachers of English" at the 2006 NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Convention, November 18, 2006, Nashville, TN
Description: The panel discussed the research done aided by the funding from the ALAN Research Grant committee. My specific research is on adolescents in the search for meaning and using YA literature as a resource.
Description: Presentation: ?Young Adult Literature and the Search for Meaning: The Power of Story? at the CATE (California Association of Teachers of English) Conference, February 18, 2005, Santa Clara, CA