MVC Student to Present at Sigma Tau Delta Conference

Posted January 24, 2014

A Missouri Valley College student has been selected to present at the 2014 Sigma Tau Delta International Convention February 26-March 1 in Savannah, Ga.

 Lorin Blackburn, a senior English major and member of Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society, will present her paper titled “Aspects of Invisibility in Invisible Man and The Bluest Eye.”

 “The Bluest Eyeby Toni Morrison, tells the story of Pecola, a young black girl going through adolescence, and her struggle to fit in with the society around her. In the novel “Invisible Man”author Ralph Ellison uses an unnamed narrator to tell the story of feeling invisible to the world.  

 “In my paper I discuss the way that this invisibility is not a choice by these two main characters but an infliction by the blind people around them,” Blackburn said. “I like this type of literature because several of these issues are still a problem today. People are still blind to those around them.”

 Lorin is the current president of the Sigma Tau Delta chapter, Nu Epsilon, and the editor of this year's Purple Patch.

“The competition to be accepted is always high, so I'm quite proud of Lorin,” Eimers said.

 MVC’s Sigma Tau Delta chapter will also be recognized at the convention in honor of its 65th year as a chapter. A member of the Association of College Honor Societies, Sigma Tau Delta’s central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate and professional studies.




April Degraff, marketing/media director; 660-831-4172;

Jennifer Eimers, Sigma Tau Delta adviser; 660-831-4213;


facebook   facebook   facebook