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International Seminar

walnutcanyonThe 14th International Willa Cather Seminar
Willa Cather: Canyon, Rock, & Mesa Country
Hosted by Northern Arizona University and the Willa Cather Foundation
Flagstaff, AZ
June 16-22, 2013

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Seminar Directors

Ann Moseley
Texas A&M University-Commerce
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John J. Murphy
Brigham Young University
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Robert Thacker
St. Lawrence University
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The Willa Cather Foundation and the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies at Northern Arizona University are pleased to host the 14th International Willa Cather Seminar, to be held June 16-22, 2013, in Flagstaff, Arizona. Set in the locale of Willa Cather's pivotal 1912 visit to the Southwest, the seminar will highlight the places that inspired Cather, like her protagonist Thea Kronborg in The Song of the Lark, to develop a new understanding and expression of her art.

The seminar includes excursions to Walnut Canyon (Panther Canyon in The Song of the Lark), the Little Painted Desert (over which Cather rode with her Mexican guide Julio), Winslow (where Cather stayed in 1912 with her brother Douglass and H. L. Tooker, the prototype for Ray Kennedy in The Song of the Lark), a luncheon at the “Fred Harvey” La Posada Hotel, and a visit to the Museum of Northern Arizona’s extensive Sinagua and Anasazi pottery collection.

Christian E. Downum, Professor of Anthropology at Northern Arizona University, Walnut Canyon specialist, and author of Hisat’ sinom: Ancient Peoples in a Land without Water (2012), is the keynote speaker and will accompany the group to Walnut Canyon.

The plenary presenters include editors of the University of Nebraska Press Willa Cather Scholarly Edition and the editors of the forthcoming Knopf edition of Willa Cather’s letters.

An evening recital of arias and lieder featured in The Song of the Lark will be performed by Sarah Bach, soprano, and Emily Murphy, pianist, and introduced with a plenary by David Porter, Cather scholar and musicologist.



Complete List of All Willa Cather International Seminars:dsc03314


13th International Willa Cather Seminar
Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts
"Willa Cather and the Nineteenth Century"
June 20-25, 2011

12th International Willa Cather Seminar
University Center, Chicago, Illinois
"Cather, Chicago and Modernism"
June 25-28, 2009


11th International Willa Cather Seminar

Paris and Abbey St-Michel de Frigolet, Provence, France
"Willa Cather: A Writer's Worlds"
June 24-July 1, 2007john_murphy--tour_of_cather_sites_in_paris


10th International Willa Cather Seminar
Red Cloud and University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus, Nebraska
"Violence, the Arts, and Cather"
June 18-25, 2005


9th International Willa Cather Seminar
Bread Loaf campus of Middlebury College, Ripton, Vermont
"Cather as Cultural Icon"
May 28-June 2, 2003


8th International Willa Cather Seminar
Lied Conference Center at Arbor Day Farm, Nebraska City, Nebraska
"Willa Cather's Environmental Imagination"
June 17-24, 2000


7th International Willa Cather Seminar
Shenendoah University, Winchester, Virginia
"Willa Cather's Southern Connections"
June 21-28, 1997


6th International Willa Cather Seminar
Laval University, Quebec City, Canada
"Cather's Canadian and Old World Connections"
June 24 - July 1, 1995


5th International Willa Cather Seminar
Hastings College, Hastings and Red Cloud, Nebraska
"'After the World Broke in Two': The Later Writings of Willa Cather"
June 19-26, 1993


4th International Willa Cather Seminar
College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico
"Multiple Traditions of American Culture"
June 16-23, 1990


3rd International Willa Cather Seminar
Hastings College, Hastings and Red Cloud, Nebraska
"Willa Cather: The World and the Parish"
June 14-20, 1987


2nd International Willa Cather Seminar
Hastings College, Hastings and Red Cloud, Nebraska
"Willa Cather Today"
June 19-25, 1983


1st International Willa Cather Seminar
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska
"The Art of Willa Cather"
October 25-28, 1973


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