Faulkner Center Awarded MHC Grant for Faulkner & Hurston Conference

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 17, 2014 — The Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) has awarded a matching grant of $2,195 to the Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast Missouri State University in support of the Center’s Faulkner & Hurston Conference.

The MHC is the only state-wide agency in Missouri devoted exclusively to humanities education for citizens of all ages. It has served as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities since 1971.

This on-campus conference, slated for Oct. 23-25, will include presentations by scholars on topics related to William Faulkner and Zora Neale Hurston, a keynote address by Dr. John Lowe (the Barbara Methvin Professor of English at the University of Georgia), a tour of the University’s renowned Brodsky Collection of Faulkner materials, and a literary-themed photography exhibition at the University’s River Campus. The general public is welcome to attend conference events free of charge.

Inquiries about the conference should be directed to Dr. Christopher Rieger, director of the Center for Faulkner Studies, at crieger@semo.edu or (573) 651-2620. For more information about the grants program of the Missouri Humanities Council, call (314) 781-9660 or 1-800-357-0909 or write the MHC, 543 Hanley Industrial Court, Suite 205, St. Louis, Mo., 63144-1905.