[percy-l] Inaugural Conference of the Walker Percy Center for Writing and Publishing, Oct. 14-16, 2011

Henry Mills henry at henrymills.info
Wed Aug 17 01:33:18 EDT 2011

Janet is referring to the following upcoming conference at the WP 
Writing Center at Loyola-NO. Thanks, Janet, for calling it to our 
attention! Below is the online description from their website found at 

Henry Mills

October 14-16, 2011

Location: Loyola University New Orleans
The conference will take place on the campus of Loyola University, New 
Orleans, which is located in the Uptown area of New Orleans, directly 
across from Audubon Park.

Panelists may register on-line. Please note there is a late registration 
fee after September 1.
We are no longer accepting papers for the conference.

Walker Percy’s novel The Moviegoer won the National Book Award in 1962 
and has remained a popular favorite among New Orleanians and among Percy 
fans all over the world. Loyola University is especially pleased to 
celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of this remarkable 
novel with a two-day conference on its campus October 14-16, 2011. 
Walker Percy has many special ties to Loyola, including his brief stint 
on the faculty in the 1970s, when he “discovered” the manuscript of A 
Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, and then helped to excerpt 
it for Loyola’s well-respected literary magazine, New Orleans Review.

We enthusiastically invite your participation in this two-day 
conference. Our panels will address aspects of Percy’s best-known 
novel—its contexts, its effects, its influences, and its place in 
American and southern literary history.

Jay Tolson is one of Percy’s most respected biographers and a lively 
commentator on contemporary culture, politics, society and religion. His 
1992 biography, Pilgrim in the Ruins: A Life of Walker Percy won the 
Southern Book Award and the Hugh Holman Prize for Outstanding 
Scholarship in Southern Literary Studies. He also edited The 
Correspondence of Shelby Foote & Walker Percy (1996) and is currently 
the News Director of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. We are honored 
to have him as our keynote speaker at a reception on Friday evening, 
October 14.
Panels and Schedule

We're excited to offer a variety of panel topics, including:

The Moviegoer Breeds More Percy
Surviving The Moviegoer: How Characters Deal with Contemporary Issues
The Moviegoer as Spectator
Pop-culture in The Moviegoer
The Moviegoer and Other Southern Novels

A Visit and Mass at the Abbey, Percy’s Spiritual Home
This is an optional trip on Sunday, October 16 to St. Joseph’s Abbey in 
Covington (about an hour and a half from New Orleans) where Percy often 
visited and is now buried. The trip will include Mass for those who wish 
to attend, and a visit to Percy’s grave. There will be an additional fee 
of $25 for transportation costs.

Location: The conference will take place on the campus of Loyola 
University, New Orleans, which is located in the Uptown area of New 
Orleans, directly across from Audubon Park.

Time: The conference will begin at noon on Friday, October 14 and 
continue through late afternoon on Saturday, October 15, 2011, 
culminating with a showing of Win Riley’s new movie entitled “Walker 
Percy: A Documentary Film.” An optional visit to Covington is planned 
for Sunday, October 16.

Registration for panelists: Registration for panelists for the 
conference, which will include a reception and the keynote address on 
Friday evening, access to all the panels, and admission to the screening 
of Walker Percy: A Documentary Film will be $100. The bus to Covington 
will be an additional fee of $25.00. Partners/spouses of panelists will 
be charged only $25 for access to the entire Conference. October is peak 
tourist season in New Orleans, so please make your hotel reservation 
early. Loyola recommends these hotels. Please also enjoy the wonderful 
food New Orleans has to offer. Zagat recommends these restaurants in the 
area. Be sure to make your dinner reservations early.

Registration for the Public: The Conference is also open to the public. 
You do not have to be presenting a paper to attend the conference. For 
$25.00, the general public fee includes Jay Tolson's keynote address and 
the reception on Friday night, and the screening of Walker Percy: A 
Documentary Film on Saturday evening. It does not include access to the 
panels. For $100.00, the V.I.P public fee includes access to all of the 
panels, as well as the keynote address, reception and film screening. 
The public may pay at the door or send a check payble to Walker Percy 
Center to Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Avenue, Campus Box 157, 
New Orleans LA 70118. Please include your email address for receipt.

Please direct any questions to:
Dr. Mary McCay, Director: (504) 865-3389; email: wpc at loyno.edu
Rhoda Faust, Administrative Assistant: (504) 864-7041; email: wpc at loyno.edu
Annie Goldman, Technical Advisor: (504) 865-2599; email: agoldman at loyno.edu

On 8/16/11 11:47 PM, janet cantor wrote:
 > I have made my arrangements and I am going to New Orleans in October 
to attend the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Moviegoer at 
Loyola University.
 > Is anyone else planning to go as well? Anyone from the Philadelphia, 
Pa. area?
 > Janet Cantor
 > --
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 > Visit The Walker Percy Project at http://www.ibiblio.org/wpercy
 > Contact the moderator: percy-l-owner at lists.ibiblio.org (note: add 
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