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2014 Fall EAPSU Conference

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Key dates:

  • Sept. 2 - Hotel room discount period ends. Registration continues!
  • Oct. 3 - Author Tawni O'Dell will speak to the Cal U community at 7 p.m. in the Convoction Center. This event is free and open to the public.

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Conference Details


Registration continues. Cost is $75 for faculty and $40 for graduate students and members of the community. Meals are $20.

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Keynote speaker: Author Tawni O'Dell

Portrait of Tawni O'Dell.Keynote speaker and New York Times bestselling author Tawni O’Dell speaks at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 in the Convocation Center.

O'Dell grew up in Indiana, Pa., and has written four novels set against the backdrop of the western Pennsylvania coal-mining region. Her fifth novel, One of Us, will be published later this summer.

Her first novel, Back Roads, was an Oprah’s Book Club pick and a Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection.  It is being made into a film, for which she wrote the screenplay. She also has contributed to several anthologies, including Becoming Myself: Reflections on Growing Up Female. Her work has been published in more than 40 countries.

She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism, worked as a reporter, and lived in the Chicago area for 13 years before moving back to Pennsylvania 11 years ago. Her daughter lives and works in New York City and her son attends college in California.

Housing and Food

There are many lodging and dining options within an easy driving distance to campus.

Discounted blocks of rooms are being held until Sept. 2 at:

Hampton Inn
1525 Broad Ave.
Belle Vernon, PA 15012
$105.00 plux tax

Best Western Garden Inn
101 Gosai Drive
Bentleyville, PA 15314
$110.49 plus tax

Visit Cal U

Located less than one hour from Pittsburgh, California University of Pennsylvania is easy to reach via major highways and toll Route 43.

Visitor parking is available in the Vulcan Garage, off Third Street near the campus entrance.

More Information

Contact Carrie DeFigio in the Cal U English Department at or 724-938-4070.

English Department Chair Margo Wilson also is available to answer questions at

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