66th Annual Willa Cather Spring Conference • June 3-5

It’s that time of the year again, folks! The 66th Annual Willa Cather Spring Conference is June 3-5, 2021.

Online so you can attend from anywhere

The conference is ONLINE again this year via an app called Whova. (There are also some in-person events in Red Cloud, Nebraska for those lucky enough to make it there.) I admit that last year I was skeptical about a conference being held on an app, but Whova really is easy to use and interactive. In fact, I made new friends at last year’s conference and this June we’re celebrating our writing group’s one year anniversary!

This year’s conference theme is on Cather’s formative years as an editor and contributor to popular print culture. Description:

From Nebraska to Pittsburgh and New York, Willa Cather’s career as a writer was—and has been, even since her death in 1947—inextricably intertwined with various popular print forms. This conference will focus on the intersections of Cather’s life and writings with newspapers and magazines. Cather sometimes disparaged periodicals by hinting to friends and colleagues that she reluctantly published her work in them only to support her more serious writing, yet she understood very well their importance to a writer’s standing in American culture during her lifetime. This rich and illuminating aspect of Cather’s work is deserving of renewed attention. 

First timers and students get 50% off

The annual Spring Conference is designed with both Cather enthusiasts and academics in mind, so don’t worry if you fall into one camp or the other, you’ll fit in! First-time conference goers and students can get 50% off using the code “welcome21” when registering.

Two highlights include keynote speaker Radhika Jones, editor in chief of VANITY FAIR, and a plenary session by Dr. Jean Lee Cole.

There are many more panels and events — check out the schedule via the link below. There’s also a note there that, The conference keynote, select panel discussions, and all exhibits are free and open to the public through the support of Humanities Nebraska, the Nebraska Arts Council, and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

For more info and to register go here: https://www.willacather.org/events/66th-annual-willa-cather-spring-conference-0

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