The goal of the Walker Percy Center for Writing and Publishing is to foster literary talent and achievement, to highlight the art of writing as essential to a good education, and to serve the makers, teachers, students, and readers of contemporary writing by providing educational and vocational opportunities in writing and publishing. We envision the Center as a vital part of the University’s commitment to the educational needs of its students and of the citizens of New Orleans, as specified in Loyola’s Statement of Educational Purpose.
By naming the Center for Walker Percy, we honor the memory and contributions of this prominent American author, Catholic, and former Loyola faculty member. By establishing such a center and encouraging publication, we can draw on and further the strengths of several arts departments on campus, including English, communications, music, drama, and visual arts.
Announcement: We are pleased to announce our second biennial Walker Percy Conference to be held at Loyola University New Orleans on October 11-13, 2013: "STILL LOST IN THE COSMOS: Walker Percy and the 21st Century." We are thrilled that Paul Elie is the keynote speaker. The Call for Papers is closed. Panelists may now register on-line.
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Photos of Walker Percy courtesy of Rhoda K. Faust.