Symposium Announcement and Call for Papers

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Libraries

and the Cather Project present

Great Passions and Great Aspirations: Willa Cather and World War I

April 4-April 5, 2002

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The symposium will focus on Cather's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, One of Ours, and introduce the recently acquired George Cather Ray Collection. The collection includes letters written by G.P. Cather (Willa Cather's cousin) to his mother during World War I. These letters inspired Willa Cather to create the character of Claude Wheeler, the central character in One of Ours. Plenary speakers are Mary Weddle of the Cather family; Richard Harris, volume editor for One of Ours of the Cather Scholarly Edition; and Steven Trout, author of the forthcoming Memorial Fictions: Willa Cather and the First World War. The symposium will also include panel and paper presentations, exhibits including a World War I poster collection, and musical performances.

Papers relating to the symposium theme with a cultural studies, historical, or literary perspective are welcome. Diverse critical and theoretical perspectives are encouraged.

Interested contributors should submit proposals or abstracts of 300 words with a cover letter and brief resume by December 20, 2001. Persons whose proposals are accepted will be expected to submit final papers by February 20, 2002. Papers should be 10-12 pages in length (double-spaced, 20 minute presentation time).

Submit your proposal by December 20, 2001 to:

Margie Rine
Cather Project
1213 Seaton Hall
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0619
or via e-mail to

For further information call 402/472-1919.

A press release about the collection acquisition can be viewed at

The finding aid for the George Cather Ray collection can be found at