The Center for Faulkner Studies will host the Faulkner and Hemingway Conference Oct. 20–22 on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. Sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council, the conference will bring together more than 60 scholars from nine countries and 20 states who will present their research on the two Nobel Prize-winning American authors.
The scholars will present their work at panel sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, while the general public is encouraged to attend three free special events: a Faulkner impersonator, a keynote address on the rivalry between the authors and a presentation of never-before-seen Hemingway items.
“The two events that we are promoting to the public will be geared toward a more general audience,” said Dr. Christopher Rieger, director of the Center for Faulkner Studies. “We hope a lot of people will come out and learn more about the two greatest American authors of the 20th century.”
The first of these events will be the conference’s keynote address, “Faulkner and Hemingway: Reflecting on a Rivalry,” by Dr. Joseph Fruscione at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 20 in the University Center Ballroom. Fruscione is the author of “Faulkner and Hemingway: Biography of a Literary Rivalry and editor of Teaching Hemingway and Modernism.”
Dr. Mark Cirino of the University of Evansville will present “Hidden Hemingway” on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 3:30 p.m. in Sadie’s Place on the main floor of Kent Library. Cirino is one of the co-authors of the newly-released book “Hidden Hemingway: Inside the Ernest Hemingway Archives of Oak Park,” and his presentation will provide a look at rare items from the archives, such as family photos, teenage diaries, bullfighting tickets and love letters. There is no charge to the public for the two events.
In addition to these activities, a Faulkner and Hemingway juried art exhibition is on display at Catapult Creative House until Nov. 28. Organized in conjunction with the conference by professors from Southeast’s Department of Art and the Center for Faulkner Studies, the show features art in a wide variety of media produced by artists from the local area and from around the country.
The Faulkner and Hemingway Conference is the sixth conference in the biannual series organized by the Center for Faulkner Studies and held on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.
“We had a tremendous response to our pairing of these two authors, and this will be our largest conference yet,” Rieger said. “We’re excited to bring so many excellent scholars to our campus to share their work.”
For a complete list of conference events, visit the Center for Faulkner Studies website, www.semo.edu/cfs, or for more information, contact the Center at (573) 986-6155.