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PROGRAM
 

STILL ALIVE AT 60:
FLANNERY O'CONNOR'S WISE BLOOD
A SYMPOSIUM & A CELEBRATION

Saturday, March 24 (2-6PM), 2012
Tognino Hall, Rose Hill Campus, Fordham University

WELCOME & INTRODUCTION

Angela Alaimo O’Donnell, Moderator
Associate Director of the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies, poet, essayist, and author of The Province of Joy: Praying with Flannery O’Connor (Paraclete Press, 2012). Previous publications include four collections of poems, Mine, Waiting for Ecstasy, Moving House, and Saint Sinatra & Other Poems. Essays and reviews engaging literature and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition have appeared in America, Commonweal, Christianity & Literature, and Studies in Philology and have been included in The Catholic Studies Reader (2011) and Teaching the Tradition (2012).

Panel I: WISE BLOOD: THE BOOK

Paul Elie, The Beginning of Vision
Senior Fellow at Georgetown University, former Senior Editor at Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, author of The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage.

Susan Srigley, Hazel Motes: Wise Blood & The Searching Body
Associate Professor and Chair of the Religions and Cultures department at Nipissing University (Canada), author of Flannery O’Connor’s Sacramental Art
(
2004), and the editor and contributor to the forthcoming collection of essays, Dark Faith: New Essays on Flannery O'Connor's The Violent Bear It Away, to be published by the University of Notre Dame Press, 2012.
Richard Giannone, Still Alive: The Mystery of Blasphemy
Professor Emeritus of English at Fordham University , author of Flannery O’Connor, Hermit Novelist ( University of Illinois Press , 2000) and Flannery O'Connor and the Mystery of Love (University of Illinois Press, 1989) In May, Fordham University Press will publish Hidden: Reflections on Gay Life, AIDS, and Spiritual Desire.

 

Panel II: WISE BLOOD: THE LEGACY

Valerie Sayers, The View from O'Connor's Shadow
Professor at Notre Dame University, author of five novels and numerous stories, essays, and reviews. Her novels Who Do You Love and Brain Fever were named New York Times “Notable Books of the Year,” and a film, "Due East," was based on her novels Due East and How I Got Him Back. Her new novel, The Powers, is forthcoming this fall from Northwestern University Press, along with her previous novels in uniform paperback editions.
Paul Contino, The Redemptive Imagination: Flannery O’Connor and Bruce Springsteen
is the
Blanche E. Seaver Professor in Humanities at Pepperdine University, where in 2006 he was awarded the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame, where, in the late 1980’s, he served as Managing Editor of the journal Religion and Literature. He then taught for twelve years in Christ College, the honors college of Valparaiso University. With his wife, Maire Mullins, he has edited the journal Christianity and Literature since 2004. He has published a number of essays on Dostoevsky, as well as on an array of other writers -- Zhuangzi, Dante, Austen, Andre Dubus, Merton and Milosz and Flannery O’Connor. With Susan M. Felch he edited and introduced Bakhtin and Religion: A Feeling for Faith, and has written for Christian Century, Commonweal, First Things, and America.

Antonio Monda, Wise Blood or the Impossibility of Not Being Christian
teaches in the Film and Television Department at New York University. He is the director of several documentaries as well as the feature film Dicembre, which was presented at the Venice Film Festival, and has curated exhibitions for MoMA, Lincoln Center and the Guggenheim Museum. He is the Artistic Director of the literary festival Le Conversazioni and sits on the advisory board of the Rome Film Festival. A columnist for Vanity Fair Italy and a regular contributor for the cultural page of La Repubblica, he is the author of La Magnifica Illusione, The Hidden God, Do you Believe?, Hanno preferito le tenebre, Lontano dai sogni, and the novel Assoluzione. His work has been translated into ten languages internationally. His next novel, L’America non esiste (America does not exist) will be published by Mondadori in Italy in March 2012.

Each paper 20-25 minutes (followed by Q & A, Book-Signing, & Reception).

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