The Walker Percy Center's Second Conference: October 11-13, 2013
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's ties to Loyola include his brief stint on the faculty in the 1970s. He taught writing courses and served as a contributing editor to the New Orleans Review, where he discovered the manuscript of A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, and then helped to excerpt it for Loyola’s publication in the New Orleans Review.
The Conference takes place on the campus of Loyola University, located in the Uptown area of New Orleans directly across from Audubon Park. The conference is open to the public. 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.
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. Tickets to Tom Key Gets Lost may be purchased here or at the door.
Thank you to all of the conference participants for helping to make our second conference a huge success. We look forward to seeing you again in 2015.