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Meeting Place

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).


The conference banquet is scheduled for 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, with a buffet dinner followed by the keynote address. Tickets to the banquet are $15, and paid reservations must be received by Oct. 1.

Keynote Address

By Patricia L. Bradley, Professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University and author of Robert Penn Warren's Circus Aesthetic and the Southern Renaissance

7 p.m., Thursday, October 25, University Center Ballroom


This conference will feature scholarly presentations on a variety of topics related to William Faulkner and/or Robert Penn Warren. Topics will include Faulkner's and Warren'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 Warren in the classroom. Sessions are scheduled for Thursday afternoon, all day Friday, and Saturday morning.

Faulkner/Warren Exhibit

Books, manuscripts, and other memorabilia from Southeast Missouri State University's Louis Daniel Brodsky Collection of Faulkner materials and from the Warren materials in Kent Llibrary's Special Collections 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. Louis Daniel Brodsky, the Curator of the Brodsky Collection; Lisa Speer, Head of Kent Library's Special Collections; and Robert W. Hamblin, 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 26. A reception for conference registrants will accompany that event.

A Reader's Theater Presentation

Based on the writings of William Faulkner and Robert Penn Warren

7:00 p.m., Friday, October 26
University Center Ballroom

Historical Tour

On Saturday afternoon, Oct. 27, from 1:30 to 3:30, conference participants wll be treated to a bus tour of the Mississippi River riverfront and other historic sites in and around Cape Girardeau. Seating is limited, so please register in advance. Cost is $12 per person.
(For those not taking the historical tour, the conference will conclude at noon on Saturday.)

More information about the conference schedule will be posted soon.


(573) 651-2620
Kent Library 406
Center for Faulkner Studies
One University Plaza, MS 4600
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701