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Spring Conference

Spring Conference

The Willa Cather Foundation hosts an annual Spring Conference the first weekend in June. Leading Cather scholars, exciting performers, and engaging speakers help make every Spring Conference unique and memorable. Taking advantage of early summer in Nebraska, conference-goers enjoy guided tours of the Willa Cather Memorial Prairie and Cather historical sites, in addition to experiencing a Red Cloud Opera House performance, panel discussions, art exhibits, meals and receptions. 

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Upcoming Conferences
Upcoming Conferences
Spring Conference
Thursday, May 31, 2018 to Saturday, June 2, 2018
“Here at Last is an American Novel”: Celebrating 100 Years of My Ántonia Red Cloud, NE | May 31–June 2, 2018 When critic Randolph Bourne heralded My Ántonia as the arrival of the...
Spring Conference
Friday, May 31, 2019 to Saturday, June 1, 2019
May 31–June 1, 2019 — Cather at the Theater. 64th annual Willa Cather Spring Conference in Red Cloud, Nebraska. Event will be updated as schedule becomes available!
Past Conferences
Past Conferences
Spring Conference
Thursday, June 5, 2014 to Saturday, June 7, 2014
Mapping Literary Landscapes: Environments and Ecosystems The Willa Cather Foundation is pleased to welcome Clay Jenkinson, popular cultural commentator and host of NPR's, The...
Spring Conference
Friday, June 5, 2015 to Sunday, June 7, 2015
"Fragments of Desire: Cather and the Arts" The 60th annual Willa Cather Spring Conference Red Cloud, Nebraska Join us in Red Cloud, June 5-7, 2015, for the 60th annual Willa...
Spring Conference
Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 8:00am to Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 8:00pm
The 61st annual Willa Cather Spring Conference June 2-4, 2016 Red Cloud, Nebraska Join us in Red Cloud, Nebraska for our 61st annual Willa Cather Spring Conference! As the world...
Spring Conference
Saturday, June 4, 2016 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Keep the Home Fires Burning: Music from the Great War will be performed by Sarah Young in the Red Cloud Opera House. The program features WWI-era music and is sure to delight...
Spring Conference
Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 8:00am to Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 10:00pm
Join us June 1–3, 2017, as we explore the legacy of the rails! Our 62nd annual Spring Conference, “Picturing the American West: The Railroad and Popular Imagination,” looks...