37th Annual Conference of the Thomas Wolfe Society

May 22-24, 2015   Albany Hilton  Albany, NY

Wolfe’s America from the Gilded Age to the Great Depression

Friday, May 22

8:30-10:30 a.m.     Board of Directors Meeting | Anteroom

10:30 a.m.-noon     Registration | East Gallery C

Noon-12:30 p.m.    Welcome and Prologue | Governor C

Welcome, George Hovis, President, Thomas Wolfe Society, SUNY-Oneonta

Prologue, Mary Aswell Doll, Savannah College of Art and Design

12:30-2 p.m.           Session I | Governor C       

Moderator: Bryan Giemza, UNC-Chapel Hill

“Gant among the Hudson Squires,” Edwin Yoder, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

You Can’t Go Home Again: Greed, Truth and the American Identity,” Caitlyn Kuzmich, SUNY-Oneonta

“Decadent Decay: The Complexity of Social Corruption, Consciousness and Critique in Watchmen and You Can’t Go Home Again,” Sarah W. Cummings, SUNY-Oneonta

2-2:30 p.m.            Break

 2:30-4 p.m.             Session II | Governor C

Moderator: Rebecca Godwin, Barton College

“Animality in Look Homeward, Angel,” Amy Augesen, SUNY-Oneonta

“Thomas Wolfe and the Mythical Method,” Amélie Moisy, Université Paris Est-Cretéil

“Thomas Wolfe and His Literary Apprenticeship,” Ruth Winchester Ware, Durham, North Carolina

                                   Dinner on Your Own

 7-8 p.m.                  Riverboat Cruise

Transportation departs from hotel at 6:15 p.m.

Saturday, May 23

8-8:30 a.m.           Coffee and Continental Breakfast | Governor C

8:30-10 a.m.          Session III: “Teaching Wolfe in the Twenty-First Century” | Governor C

Moderator: Anne R. Zahlan, Eastern Illinois University

Discussants: Sarah Cummings, SUNY-Oneonta; Michael Houck, Fayetteville, North Carolina; Dylan Nealis, Arvada, Colorado; Joseph Bentz, Azusa Pacific University; Mark Canada, Indiana University Kokomo; Paula Gallant Eckard, UNC Charlotte; George Hovis, SUNY-Oneonta

10-10:45 a.m.        Business Meeting | Governor C

President George Hovis presiding

10:45-11 a.m.        Break

11 a.m.-noon         Session IV | Governor C

Moderator: Laura Hope-Gill, Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative, Lenoir-Rhyne University

“What Is a Man Like Myself to Do?—Thomas Wolfe and the Spanish Dilemma,” Steven B. Rogers, Mount Rainier, Maryland

Dramatic Reading of “The Reed of Demonic Ecstasy,” David Madden, Black Mountain, North Carolina

Noon-12:15 p.m.  Conclusion | Governor C

Final Words, President George Hovis

Epilogue, Jan Hensley, Greensboro, North Carolina

12:15-2:15 p.m.      Lunch on Your Own

2:15-3:30 p.m.       Walking Tour of Albany’s Capital District

Meet in Albany Hilton lobby at 2:15 p.m.

Optional stop at New York History Museum at end of tour

6-7 p.m.                    Cash Bar | Hudson Ballroom

7 p.m.                        Banquet | Hudson Ballroom

Awards Ceremony

Keynote Address: Joseph M. Flora, UNC-Chapel Hill

Sunday, May 24

7 a.m.-5 p.m.           Bus Trip through Hudson River Valley

Trip will feature stops at Vanderbilt Mansion and FDR Home and Museum in Hyde Park, as well as village of Rhinebeck, NY


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