[percy-l] "STILL LOST IN THE COSMOS: Walker Percy & the 21st Century" Conference, Oct. 11-12, 2013

Henry Mills wppdirector at gmail.com
Wed Sep 4 23:34:59 EDT 2013

Dear Percy-L:

For those who aren't aware of it, below is an announcement for the 
October 11-12, 2013, Walker Percy Conference to be held at The Walker 
Percy Center for Writing and Publishing at Loyola University, New 
Orleans.  This information comes from 

A conference schedule, descriptions of the panels, and participant 
biographies are available at this link as well as details about the 
one-person performance by Tom Key of his stage play, /Lost in the Cosmos/.

Best regards,

Henry Mills
Director, The Walker Percy Project

Description of Conference:
*Inspired by Walker Percy's /Lost in the Cosmos/, the second biennial 
Walker Percy Conference seeks to explore the themes and issues generated 
by Percy's lively analysis of the modern condition. In /The Chronicle of 
Higher Education/, Tom Bartlett said of the book: "...an indescribable 
concoction of hard facts and wild imagination, a parody of self-help 
books (sort of), a philosophy textbook (kind of), and a collection of 
short stories, quizzes, diagrams, thought experiments, mathematical 
formulas, made-up dialogue, ridiculously long chapter titles, and a few 
David Foster Wallace-worthy footnotes."

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/.

*Keynote Speaker: Paul Elie*
Among other things, he is the author of /The Life You Save May Be Your 
Own: An American Pilgrimage/, a biography of four American Catholic 
writers: Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk; Dorothy Day, the founder of the 
Catholic Worker; Flannery O'Connor, a "Christ-haunted" Catholic; and 
Walker Percy, a medical doctor who wrote fiction and philosophy. To 
learn more about Paul Elie, you can go to:
*Stage play performance of /Lost in the Cosmos/*
A one-person performance by Tom Key of /Lost in the Cosmos/ will take 
place on Saturday, October 12 at 6 pm in Nunemaker Auditorium, Monroe 
Hall, Loyola Campus. For Theatrical Outfit, Key has adapted two Walker 
Percy books, The National Book Award Winning Novel, /The Moviegoer 
/(2001, "A comic gem," /The Atlanta Journal/ and /Constitution/); and 
/Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Selp-Help Seminar/ (1996, "An hilarious 
tour de force," /The Atlanta Journal/ and /Constitution/). Tom Key is 
best known for his performance of /Cotton Patch Gospel/, a one-person 
play inspired by Dr. Clarence Jordan's paraphrase of the New Testament 
who set the story of Jesus in the American South. Information about 
purchasing tickets to the performance will be available soon.

*Please direct any questions to:*
Dr. Mary McCay, Director: email wpc at loyno.edu
Rhoda Faust, Administrative Assistant: (504) 864-7041, email wpc at loyno.edu

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