North Central College - Naperville, IL

Senior presents academic work at international convention

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March 16, 2010--During North Central College's spring break, senior Sarah Kurpiel will head a few hours south of her Naperville campus and Downers Grove residence, but not for fun in the sun. She will be presenting her academic work at an international convention in St. Louis.

She will present her paper titled "Where's Antonio Then?: Locating the Inclusions and Exclusions of Antonio in Two Film Versions of ‘Twelfth Night'" at the Sigma Tau Delta 2010 International Convention March 17-20. She is one of four presenters in a session titled "Film and Media Study" on March 20.

Kurpiel is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, and carries a double major in English literature and French and a double minor in history and history of ideas. The paper she will present was originally prepared for a 400-level course taught by North Central Professor of English Sara Eaton, who also encouraged her to submit it for presentation at a conference. Her paper compares Trevor Nunn's and Tim Supple's film adaptations of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night."

Kurpiel has presented her research before. In 2009, she was co-author of a poster presentation at North Central College's annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.

She is a College Scholar, North Central's honors program for top students, and is co-editor of the "North Central Review," a national undergraduate literary journal that publishes the writings and works of undergraduate students. The "Review" considers all genres, including short fiction, poetry, drama, creative nonfiction, artwork and mixed genre pieces.

Kurpiel is a graduate of Downers Grove South High School and the daughter of Martin and Beverly Kurpiel.

North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences that offers more than 55 undergraduate majors and graduate programming in six areas. Located in Naperville, Ill., and just 28 minutes from Chicago's Loop, North Central enrolls more than 2,798 undergraduate and graduate students. It is committed to academic excellence, a climate that emphasizes leadership, ethics, values and service, a curriculum that balances job-related knowledge with a liberal arts foundation and a caring environment with small classes. For more information about North Central College visit