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Hosted by: The Walker Percy Center for Writing and Publishing at Loyola University New Orleans
Where: The Conference will take place on the campus of Loyola University, New Orleans, which is located in the Uptown area directly across from Audubon Park. October is peak tourist season in New Orleans, so please make your hotel reservation early. Loyola recommends these hotels. Please also enjoy the wonderful food New Orleans has to offer. Zagat recommends these restaurants in the area. Be sure to make your dinner reservations early.
When: The Conference will begin at noon on Friday, October 11 and continue through late afternoon Saturday, October 12. An optional trip to St. Joseph Abbey in Covington is planned for October 13.
Who: We enthusiastically invite panelists and community members to participate in this two-day conference.
Proposals (CALL FOR PAPERS NOW CLOSED): We welcome both session proposals and individual paper abstracts addressing any topics relevant to Walker Percy’s non-fiction book Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book. Presentations should be twenty minutes.
Description of Conference:
Inspired by Walker Percy’s Lost in the Cosmos, the second biennial Walker Percy Conference seeks to explore the themes and issues generated by Percy’s lively analysis of the modern condition.
Walker Percy has many special ties to Loyola, including his brief stint on the faculty in the 1970s, when he “discovered” the manuscript of A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, and then helped to excerpt it for Loyola’s well-respected literary magazine, New Orleans Review.
Keynote Speaker: Paul Elie
Among other things, he is the author of The Life You Save May Be Your Own:
An American Pilgrimage, a biography of four American Catholic writers:
Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk; Dorothy Day, the founder of the Catholic Worker; Flannery O'Connor, a "Christ-haunted" Catholic; and Walker Percy, a doctor who wrote fiction and philosophy. To learn more about Paul Elie, you can go to:
Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:
Please direct any questions to:
Dr. Mary McCay, Director: (504) 865-3389 email: email@example.com
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We hope you will join us!