Cather Symposium in Limavady, Northern Ireland

International Seminar

Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre
24 Main St
Limavady, Ireland, BT49 0FJ
United States

Willa Cather’s Irish Connections

Cather Symposium

June 28–July 1, 2018
Limavady and Derry, Northern Ireland

Directors: Willa Murphy, Ulster University, and Aaron Callan, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

Hosted by Ulster University and the Limavady Arts and Cultural Centre, and sponsored by the Willa Cather Foundation and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Set in the ancestral home of the Cather family, and taking place during the centennial of My Ántonia, the seminar will explore themes deeply resonant in Willa Cather’s life and work: migration and immigration; family legacy and inheritance; and religious identity. Visits to Cather family sites, along with social events involving local music and storytelling, will be part of the program. The Roe Valley area offers sublime coastal cliffs, mountains and ancient forests, historic churches, museums, and much more.

A full schedule of events will be released in spring 2018; however, plans include an opening reception to be held on the evening of June 27; papers and presentations will occur June 28-June 30. We will have an evening out for some local music, and conference organizers have arranged for a banquet at historic Drenagh House, an 1837 Georgian mansion on the gorgeous Antrim coastline. We'll complete the weekend with a bus tour of local sites on July 1, to include Giants Causeway and the Walled City of Derry.

Your registration includes:

  • Symposium attendance and refreshments
  • Tour transportation, boxed lunch, and admittance to select Derry and Limavady sites
  • Drenagh House banquet

Register soon, space is limited to 100 conference-goers! 

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