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June 21, 2011

Birmingham-Southern student's paper accepted to international F. Scott Fitzgerald conference

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—A paper written by Birmingham-Southern College senior Clair McLafferty of Homewood has been accepted for presentation at the 11th Annual International F. Scott Fitzgerald Society Conference in Lyon, France, July 4-9.Birmingham-Southern College senior Clair McLafferty

McLafferty was one of only 20 scholars invited to present papers at the annual gathering that focuses on the 20th century author best known for his novel The Great Gatsby.

Titled "Making Art, Cents, and Sense: Slurred Speech in F. Scott Fitzgerald's Fiction," the paper addresses the effects of Fitzgerald's struggle with alcoholism on his artistic career, including the tension between his alcoholism and his artistic voice. A double English/physics major, McLafferty wrote the paper to satisfy requirements for her Senior Conference in English. She also will complete a Senior Conference in physics this fall.

In addition to an invitation to present at the conference, McLafferty was awarded a $500 Kuehl Travel Scholarship normally reserved only for graduate students. While she will be unable to attend this year's conference, she will re-submit her paper for next year's 12th annual gathering which will be held in the United States.

A graduate of Homewood High School, McLafferty hopes to be a high school physics teacher after completion of her BSC degree requirements in December. She will continue her love of English through freelance writing. As an intern with Birmingham magazine, she was project manager for the Beautiful People section of the June 2011 issue. She also tutors local high school students in several subjects.

The F. Scott Fitzgerald Society promotes the study of the author through general meetings and other special conferences, and through its website which disseminates information and bibliographies about his life and works.

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