The University of Nebraska–Lincoln & the Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial and Educational Foundation present:

The 10th International Cather Seminar 2005 “Violence, the Arts, and Cather”

June 18-25, 2005
Red Cloud, Nebraska & the University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Keynote Speakers:

Terry Eagleton, Critical Theorist
Michèle Aina Barale, Professor of English and Women's
      and Gender Studies, Amherst College

"Violence, the Arts, and Cather" will be the theme of the 10th International Cather Seminar to begin June 18, 2005. This will be a joint-sited seminar based in the two prominent places of Cather's Nebraska experience—Red Cloud and Lincoln. The seminar will feature for the first time residency in Red Cloud as well as on the UNL campus and will celebrate the WCPM's 50th anniversary.

The seminar will open with three days in Red Cloud. While there, participants will stay in private homes; meals will be served in the elementary school and the Community Center. Locations for paper presentations, plenary sessions, and performances include the Opera House, the school, and the community center. The second phase of the seminar will be on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln campus. Participants will be housed on campus; and UNL classrooms, auditoriums, and galleries will accommodate presentations and discussions.

Papers on all aspects of Willa Cather's work, life, and times are invited for possible presentation. Diverse critical and theoretical perspectives are encouraged. Those focusing on the seminar theme are especially welcome. Interested contributors should submit abstracts of 500 words with a cover letter and brief résumé by April 1, 2005. Persons whose proposals are accepted will be expected to submit final papers by June 1, 2005. Papers should be 10-12 pages in length (double-spaced, 20 minute presentation time).

Red Cloud, Nebraska, Cather's childhood home and the campus of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where Cather spend her undergraduate years, offer an ideal site for our focus on Cather.

Submit proposals by April 1, 2005 to:

Guy Reynolds
Director, International Seminar
Dept. of English, Andrews Hall
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0396

Questions? Please call or email Beth Burke, Cather Project Program Coordinator (402-472-1919 or

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