The Tennessee Williams Annual Review

2010 Tennessee Williams Scholars Conference

Friday, March 26, 2010
Schedule of Events

The Historic New Orleans Collection
Williams Research Center
410 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA
Dr. Robert Bray, Conference Director

Morning Sessions

9:15 Opening remarks by Dr. Robert Bray
9:30-10:45 Session One:
Presentation of abstracts with audience discussion

Moderator: Dr. Will Brantley (Middle Tennessee State University)
"Blue Jays and Blue Jeans: Writing as Companionship in Williams's Moise and the World of Reason"
by Shelley Akers (Middle Tennessee State University)
"Elia Kazan: What Is To Be Done"
by Dr. Barton Palmer (Clemson University)
"Hobos, Sissies, and Breeders: Generations of Discontent in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"
by Dr. Claire Nicolay (Loyola University, Chicago)
11:00-12:15 Session Two:
Out of the Closet, Onto the Page—A discussion of Williams's public coming out on the David Frost show in 1970 and his confessional writing of the 70s

Moderator: Dr. Annette Saddik (New York City College of Technology, City University of New York)
Panelists: Dr. Dirk Gindt (Stockholm University, Sweden) Michael Paller (American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco) Dr. David Savran (City University of New York)

Afternoon Sessions

1:30-2:45 Session Three:
Williams and Religion—An exploration of the writer's faith and philosophy

Moderator: Dr. Robert Bray
Panelists: Dr. George Crandell (Auburn University) Dr. Colby Kullman (University of Mississippi) Dr. Philip Kolin (University of Southern Mississippi)
3:00-4:00 Session Four:
Premiere of Tennessee Williamsís one-act play, The Reading

Directed by Dr. Thomas Mitchell (University of Illinois), with James Still and Joi Hoffsommer


The Tennessee Williams Scholars Conference gratefully acknowledges the support of The Historic New Orleans Collection and Middle Tennessee State University.

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