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Renowned Writer Dr. Thomas Kennedy to Address Claflin Pedagogy Conference

Sep 27, 2012

Thomas E. Kennedy, acclaimed author of many works of fiction and literary criticism, will give the keynote address and conduct a fiction workshop at the 11th Annual Claflin University Regional English and Language Arts Pedagogy Conference to be held in Ministers’ Hall on October 3-4, 2012.

The two-day conference is sponsored by the Claflin University Department of English and Foreign Languages. Workshops will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3 in Minsters' Hall. The conference is set to conclude the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 4.  Pedagogy is the study and process of teaching.

Registration for the conference is $50.  The fee is waived for teachers.  The public is invited to hear Kennedy’s keynote address at 10:45 a.m. on Oct. 3.  Please note seating for non-registered audience members is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

A native New Yorker, Kennedy grew up in Queens as one of four children born to a mother who was a teacher and a father who was a banker.  Influenced by reading prominent literary works, Kennedy decided to become a writer himself.

He has traveled extensively throughout the world, holding executive and editorial positions, including editor and translator for Copenhagen’s Rehabilitation Center for Torture Victims. His first published short story appeared in the literary journal Confrontation in 1981.  Two years later, he entered the Master of Fine Arts program at Vermont College of Fine Arts where he obtained his degree and later served as a faculty member for three years.

He has lived most of his adult life in Copenhagen and received his Ph.D. in American literature from the University of Copenhagen in 1988.  Kennedy travels to the United States frequently for reading tours and to teach at the Farleigh Dickinson University graduate school.

He is the author of four books of literary criticism, five books of fiction and countless short stories and essays.  Since 1996, he has been working on his four-novel Copenhagen Quartet. The first novel, In the Company of Angels, is about a Chiliean torture victim being treated at Copenhagen’s Rehabilitation Center.  The second, Falling Sideways, satirizes corporate downsizing in Denmark. The final two novels in the quartet will follow.

For more information on or if wish to attend Pedagogy Conference, please contact Professor of English Dr. Mitali Wong by phone at (803) 535 -5221 or by e-mail  

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