I was a panelist at a Flannery O'Connor session of the Art & Soul religion and literature conference from February 22 to 25 at Baylor Univ in Waco, Texas. Having listened to so many accomplished writers/critics at Baylor inspires me to work on my own future contribution through my dissertation.
It was a big scholarly feast for me to interact with older literary critics. I was the only postgraduate student among the panelists. The other two are tenured professors. I had overprepared for my presentation, though, and read only about half of my work during the 30 mins allotted to me. But one other panelist was sufficiently impressed to invite me to present another paper at a conference in Vancouver later this year ('will go if I can get a grant from somewhere).