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West Liberty University hosts international conference

WEST LIBERTY — Last year, the Sport Literature Association met in Paris, France. This summer more than 50 participants took part in the annual meeting virtually, in a conference hosted by West Liberty University.

Facilitator for the meeting was English professor Jeremy Larance, who also is WLU’s assistant provost for Academic Innovation & Strategic Planning. He has also been instrumental in assisting all WLU faculty as they moved to online teaching during the pandemic.

“I was more than apprehensive as to how our annual conference would work as a virtual event but it exceeded mine and everyone else’s most ambitious hopes,” said Bruce Pratt, program chair of the 37th Annual Conference of the Sport Literature Association.

The conference participants gathered on Zoom June 18-20.

Pratt also is a novelist, radio host and instructor of English at the University of Maine.

Presenters were from Australia, Canada, France, Poland, and every time zone in North America.

The three-day virtual event went smoothly, according to several.

“There wasn’t a glitch. We’re grateful to Dr. Larance for jumping in and managing all the technological components.” Abdou added.

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