Cather's Circles: Correspondence and Connections

A Symposium Celebrating the Roscoe and Meta Cather Collection at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska, June 4, 2008

- symposium registration form

On June 4, 2008, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries and the Willa Cather Project, UNL Department of English, is hosting a symposium to celebrate the Roscoe and Meta Cather Collection, the core of which is nearly 400 letters Willa Cather wrote to her brother Roscoe, his wife and daughters, and other members of the family. The symposium will feature two keynotes by Cather biographers and scholars Janis P. Stout and Sharon O'Brien. Janis P. Stout, Professor of English Emerita, Texas A&M University, is author of many books on Cather and American literary history, including Willa Cather: The Writer and Her World and, most recently, Picturing a Different West : Vision, Illustration, and the Tradition of Austin and Cather. Sharon O'Brien, Professor of English, Dickinson College, is the author of Willa Cather: The Emerging Voice and the editor of the new Norton Critical Edition of Cather's O Pioneers!

The event features three paper sessions in addition to the two keynotes, an evening celebration and reception, and exhibits of materials from the Roscoe and Meta Cather Collection in Archives and Special Collections, UNL Libraries. All events are to be held on the UNL city campus.

The symposium is open to the public at $15/person, which includes a lunch, breaks, and an evening reception. Pre-registration is requested. Click here for a registration form.

The schedule is as follows:

8:30-8:45 REGISTRATION, Heritage Room, UNL Union
8:45 Welcome, Katherine Walter, Heritage Room, UNL Union
9:00-9:45 KEYNOTE SPEAKER, Heritage Room, UNL Union
Janis P. Stout, "If Willa Cather Had Written a Memoir."
10:00-11:45 SESSION ONE, Heritage Room, UNL Union
Chair: Andrew Jewell
Robert Thacker, "'As the Result of Many Solicitations': The Cather-Greenslet Correspondence at Harvard"
Sabrina Sergeant, "'As We Are:' Cather's Writerly Identities in the Roscoe and Meta Cather Collection"
Steve Shively, "Elsie Cather, Storyteller"
Kari Ronning, "Cather at the Hub: The Boston Connections."
12:00-1:00 Lunch, Regency Room, UNL Union
1:00-1:45 KEYNOTE SPEAKER, Heritage Room, UNL Union
Sharon O'Brien, "'Having it Out with Melancholy': Willa Cather's Letters and the Creative Process"
2:00-2:45 SESSION TWO, Heritage Room, UNL Union
Chair: Kari Ronning
Vicki Martin, "Willa Cather's Community of Readers"
Charles Johanningsmeier, "The Readers Write Back: The Fan Mail of Willa Cather"
2:45-3:15 Willa Cather Archive ( digital demonstration session, Heritage Room, UNL Union
3:15-4:30 SESSION THREE, Heritage Room, UNL Union
Chair: Melissa Homestead
Diane Prenatt, "Enlarging the Circle: The Correspondence of Willa Cather, Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant, and Mabel Dodge Luhan."
Evelyn Haller, "What Most Delighted Her: Willa Cather and a Van Dyck Self- Portrait"
Wendy Perriman, "Silver Mines: The Willa Cather - Ruth St. Dennis Correspondence"
5:00 Evening event celebrating the Roscoe and Meta Cather Collection, Auditorium, UNL Love Library (Reception to follow)