NEW PALTZ — Writer Valerie Hemingway will deliver the keynote address at the eleventh annual Graduate Symposium at the State University of New York at New Paltz on April 13. She and a group of Hemingway scholars from around the country will offer reflections on the Hemingway Centennial, the current state of Hemingway studies, and the theme for the program, “Grace under Millennial Pressure: Reflections on the Hemingway Centennial.” The symposium will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Jacobson Faculty Tower, Room 1010.
Valerie Hemingway is the former secretary to Ernest Hemingway who, after his death, married Ernest’s son, Gregory. Her keynote address will begin at 7:45 p.m.
Following her address, at 8:30 p.m., seven Hemingway scholars will participate in a discussion. The scholars include Richard Davison, author of Charles Norris, who currently teaches at the University of Delaware; Robin Gajdusek, author of Hemingway and Joyce, who teaches at San Francisco State University; and Robert Lewis, author of Hemingway on Love, past president of the Hemingway Society, and a faculty member at the University of North Dakota.
Other panelist will include Allen Josephs, author of For Whom the Bell Tolls: Ernest Hemingway’s Undiscovered Country, president of the Hemingway Foundation & Society, and a teacher at the University of West Florida; Linda Miller, author of Letters from the Lost Generation and a member of the faculty at Penn State University; Donald Junkins, author of Playing for Keeps and University of Massachusetts faculty member; and H.R. Stoneback, author of Hemingway’s Paris: Our Paris?, symposium director, and a faculty member at SUNY New Paltz .
Stoneback, the symposium director, says that he anticipates the participation of two additional guests, Jack Hemingway and John Sanford. Jack, a son of the late writer, is the author of Misadventures of a Fly Fisherman: My Live With and Without Papa; Sanford is the author of At the Hemingways: Fifty Years of Correspondence between Ernest and Marcelline Hemingway.
The Graduate Symposium is sponsored by the SUNY English department and supported by the SUNY New Paltz Foundation and the Office of Academic Affairs. There is no fee to attend.