The Department of English invites you to an afternoon focused on the multi-faceted work of Professor Ann Romines, who retired this year after 43 years of service to our department. Professor Romines will be present at this event honoring her work; the afternoon will include music, a panel of former students, and a keynote address by Guy Reynolds, Professor of English and Director of The Cather Project at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
The events on October 2 will begin in the recital hall of the Music Department, Phillips B-120. The afternoon will continue in the Myers Room of GW’s new Textile Museum.
|Professor Guy Reynolds,
University of Nebraska,
Professor Reynolds’s keynote address is titled “Reading Cather through the Romines Lens”: “This talk will look at how literary-historical scholarship, of the sort Ann Romines so masterfully practices in her edition of Cather’s Sapphira and the Slave Girl, radically shifts and deepens our understanding of fiction. Tracking across the novel, and the fascinating cultural problems Cather represented in her last work, we will see how scholarly editing sharpens our sense of the complex subtexts of a narrative.”
The event is free and open to the public; it is made possible by the Wang Endowment in the Department of English.
2-2:30 PM Phillips Hall, Room B-120 (GW’s Department of Music)
Introductory Remarks, Robert McRuer, English Department Chair
A Performance from the Operatic Adaptation of Willa Cather’s “Paul’s Case”: “The English Teacher’s Aria”
Millicent Scarlett, soprano
Gregory Spears, composer and pianist
3-4:30 PM Myers Room, GW’s Textile Museum
Charmion Gustke (Belmont University), “‘The Look Itself’: Searching for Cather in Concord”
Michael O’Neill (GWU), “Cognition, Capitalism, and Willa Cather”
Lisbeth Fuisz (Georgetown University), “Ann, Willa Cather, and Me”
Naomi Lesley (Holyoke Community College), “Illicit Reading Practices and the Teaching of English”
4:45-6 PM KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Professor Guy Reynolds, “Reading Cather through the Romines Lens”