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REGISTRATION FOR PANELISTS IS NOW CLOSED.
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.
Hosted by: The Walker Percy Center for Writing and Publishing at Loyola University New Orleans
The Conference will take place on the campus of Loyola University, New Orleans, which is located in the Uptown area directly across from Audubon Park. 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.
The Conference will begin at noon on Friday, October 11 and continue through late afternoon Saturday, October 12. An optional trip to St. Joseph Abbey in Covington is planned for October 13. This trip is for panelists only unless room opens up on the bus. An announcement will be made in such a case.
We enthusiastically invite panelists and community members to participate in this two-day conference.
$15 for the Reception at 5 p.m. and Keynote speech by Paul Elie at 6 p.m. both on Friday.
$10 for the presentation by Tom Key: Tom Key Gets Lost on Saturday at 6 p.m.
$50 for a weekend pass that includes all panels, the reception and keynote address and the presentation by Tom Key.
*All events are free to Loyola students except for the trip to St. Joseph Abbey which at this point is for panelists only.
REGISTRATION FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO PRE-REGISTER AND PAY IN ADVANCE WILL BE ONLINE SOON.
YOU MAY ALSO REGISTER AND PURCHASE TICKETS AT THE DOOR.
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.
Please direct any questions to:
Dr. Mary McCay, Director: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rhoda Faust, Administrative Assistant: (504) 864-7041, email email@example.com
Annie Goldman, Technical Advisor: email firstname.lastname@example.org
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We hope you will join us!