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18th International Cather Seminar

18th International Cather Seminar

Thursday, June 22, 2023 to Saturday, June 24, 2023
The New School
72 5th Ave
New York, NY 10011
“The City from Greenwich Village,” John Sloan, 1922. Public domain.

Due to COVID-19 and the difficulty in planning an international seminar in this uncertain time, the International Seminar Planning Committee, alongside our planning partners and host university, have made the decision to postpone our 18th International Seminar until 2023. Watch this space for dates and more information!

We propose to hold the 18th International Cather Seminar right in the neighborhood where Cather lived between 1906-1932: Greenwich Village. In collaboration with The New School, we want to create a conference that explores the city Willa Cather knew, but also the city that was present around her, though perhaps not always visible to her. The goal is to intellectually locate Cather in the broader context of New York in the first half of the twentieth century, and, further, to imagine her work as a product of that urban experience.

Willa Cather lived most of her professional writing life in New York (1906-1947), first in Greenwich Village and later, after she had risen to the top of the literary profession, on Park Avenue on the upper east side. Though Cather seldom wrote about the city, it was her home for nearly forty years and a key element of her personal and professional life.

We imagine creating programming that would explore diverse aspects of that context. Possible topics include:

Cather and Greenwich Village: bohemianism, LGBT+ communities, immigrant communities, activist communities, and others;

the Harlem Renaissance;

labor and class in the city;

Cather and NYC food culture;

Cather, Edith Lewis, and the publishing industry;

performing arts and popular culture in NYC;

and other related topics.

Conference Leadership

Andy Jewell, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Charmion Gustke, Belmont University
Carolyn Berman, The New School
Tracy Tucker, National Willa Cather Center