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The conference will be held in the University Center (on Normal Avenue) on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. Paper sessions will meet in the Redhawks Room, Heritage Room, and Indian Room (all on the 4th floor). The Banquet and Keynote Address will be held in the Ballroom (on the 4th floor).
John Anderson of Emerson College will present a Chautauqua performance as William Faulkner, titled "Place, Race, and Books: A Literary Conversation with William Faulkner." Anderson has performed in character as Faulkner for over 15 years at numerous events around the country. He will present a monologue as Faulkner and then answer questions first in and then out of character. The performance will be at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23, just prior to the opening banquet.
The conference banquet is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23, with a buffet dinner followed by the keynote address. Tickets to the banquet are $17, and paid reservations must be received by Oct. 1.
By John Lowe, the Barbara Methvin Distinguished Professor of Southern Literature at the University of Georgia, author of Jump at the Sun: Zora Neale Hurston's Cosmic Comedy and of the forthcoming Faulkner's Fraternal Fury: Sibling Rivalry, Racial Kinship, and Democracy, as well as the editor of Approaches to Teaching Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God and Other Works. Lowe is the recipient of the MELUS Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Ethnic American Literatures and was the Founding Director of the Program in Louisiana and Caribbean Studies at Louisiana State University.
This conference will feature scholarly presentations on a variety of topics related to William Faulkner and/or Zora Neale Hurston. Topics will include Faulkner's and Hurston's narrative techniques as well as their treatments of race, gender, class, family, the South, humor, and other topics. There will also be papers on Faulkner and Hurston in the classroom. Sessions are scheduled for Thursday afternoon, all day Friday, and Saturday morning.
Books, manuscripts, and other memorabilia from Southeast Missouri State University's Louis Daniel Brodsky Collection of Faulkner materials will be on exhibit throughout the conference. The exhibit will be mounted in the Rare Book Room of the library, next door to the University Center. Roxanne Dunne, Head of Kent Library's Special Collections; and Christopher Rieger, Director of the Center for Faulkner Studies, will host a special showing of the exhibit from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Friday, October 24. A reception for conference registrants will accompany that event.
On Saturday afternoon, Oct. 25, conference participants will be treated to a photography exhibition and artist's talk by Robert McDonald. His series, "Native Ground: Landscapes of Southern Writers," features photographs taken at the homes of prominent Southern authors, including Faulkner and Hurston.
At 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, McDonald will close the conference with a talk at the Crisp Museum at the University's River Campus where "Native Ground" will be on display from September 2 until the close of the conference. McDonald's talk will be preceded by a viewing of the photographs and a reception with food, free for conference participants (transportation provided if needed).
A more detailed schedule of presentation titles and times will be posted soon.