From June 6-9, the Mount will become a part of a 29 year old tradition. The International Virginia Woolf Conference will be held on campus, directed by associate professor of English, Drew Shannon, hosting guests from more than 13 countries and 5 continents.
Virginia Woolf was an English author prominent in the early 20th century. She was known for her modernist style and anti-war, anti-patriarchy rhetoric. Some of her most famous works include “To The Lighthouse” and “Mrs. Dalloway”. She was also a member of Bloomsbury, a group of intellectuals which included her husband Leonard Woolf, her sister Vanessa Bell, and the economist John Maynard Keynes.
This year, the theme of the conference is Virginia Woolf and Social Justice. As a writer deeply concerned with the distribution of power, wealth, education, privileges, and opportunities, Virginia Woolf remains a relevant and sustaining voice on issues of social justice. Woolf continues—perhaps now more than ever, in our globally turbulent political moment—to speak clearly and strongly for a more just world.
Drew Shannon, Ph.D., primarily teaches British literature from Shakespeare to the present. He currently serves as the Historian/Bibliographer of the International Virginia Woolf Society. He has presented at dozens of literary conferences, published critical articles, essays, and monographs. Currently, he is currently working to expand his doctoral dissertation into a book to be titled “The Deep Old Desk: A Biography of the Diary of Virginia Woolf”.
“I’m thrilled to be hosting the 29th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf at the Mount in June,” Drew says, “The conference has a long tradition of fostering scholarship and friendships based on intellectual respect, camaraderie, and deep love and affection for Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group. And the conference’s theme, on Woolf and Social Justice, has never been timelier, given the current political moment, both in the United States and the United Kingdom.”
The conference will include panels on the theme of Virginia Woolf and Social Justice, as well as special plenary talks and a performance of Leonard Woolf’s play “The Hotel”, directed by Ellen McLaughlin (Broadway’s “Angels in America”), which will be open to the public. The conference will also include a wine and cheese reception at the downtown public library and a trip to the Freedom Center. Many members of the Mount community will be assisting with the conference, performing in “The Hotel” and presenting papers of their own.
Registration is closed at this time. For more information on the events open to the public, go to http://www.msj.edu/vwoolf2019