CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 16, 2012 — Two of America’s most prominent writers, William Faulkner and Robert Penn Warren, will be the focus of a literary conference being hosted by the Center for Faulkner Studies in the University Center, Oct. 25-27, at Southeast Missouri State University.
Forty-five scholars representing 16 states and five countries will present papers on the two authors during the three-day conference. All sessions of the conference are open to all interested persons with no admission charge.
The conference is being presented in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The conference will open on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 25, at 3:30 in the University Center’s Redhawks Room with a plenary session featuring presentations by Joseph Millichap, the founding director of the Center for Robert Penn Warren Studies at Western Kentucky University, and Dr. Robert Hamblin, the director of the Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast Missouri State University.
The keynote address for the conference will be delivered by Patricia Bradley, professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University, at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, in the University Center Ballroom. Her address is titled “Angelic Acrobats and Fallen Southern Women: William Faulkner and Robert Penn Warren Go to the Circus.”
On Friday evening, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m., a readers’ theater performance, “William Faulkner and Robert Penn Warren: Storytellers,” will be presented in the University Center Ballroom. That program is scripted and directed by Dr. Roseanna Whitlow, instructor of communications studies at Southeast Missouri State University.
Panel presentations on the writings of Faulkner and Warren are scheduled for Friday morning and afternoon, Oct. 26, and Saturday morning, Oct. 27, in the Heritage and Redhawks Rooms of the University Center.
Also, in conjunction with the conference, there will be an exhibit of related artwork by Southeast students, under the direction of Louise Bodenheimer and Chris Wubbena, professors in the Department of Art at Southeast. That exhibit will be mounted in the University Center’s Indian Room.