The event, sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council, will feature scholars from four countries and 16 states.
During the course of the conference several events open to the public are planned. These include a Faulkner impersonator, a keynote address, and a photography exhibit.
The first of these events is the Chautauqua Performance “Place, Race, and Books: A Literary Conversation with William Faulkner.” Dr. Anderson of Emerson College has performed in character as Faulkner for more than 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 held from 4-5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Redhawks Room in the University Center.
The conference’s keynote address, “Backwoods Modernism: The Uses of ‘Primitivist’ Portraiture in the Works of Faulkner and Hurston,” will be given by Dr. John Lowe on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom at Southeast Missouri State University. Lowe is the Barbara Methvin Distinguished Professor of Southern Literature at the University of Georgia.
Crisp Museum, on the University’s River Campus, is currently displaying the photography series “Native Ground: Landscapes of Southern Writers,” which features images from the homes of prominent Southern authors, including Faulkner and Hurston. The photographs will be displayed until the end of the conference. On Saturday, Oct. 25 at 1:30 p.m.. there will be a reception, viewing, and gallery talk. The public is welcome to attend.