Hemingway in Wyoming and Montana Conference – 2021
The Board of the Hemingway Foundation and Society will host the Hemingway in Wyoming and Montana Conference July 18-24, 2021 (circumstances permitting). This is necessary to safeguard the health of our members and do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. As we work on this postponement, we would like members to bear in mind the following:
- Within the next 30 days, we will be refunding fees paid to the Society for the conference
- If you signed up for the Old West Chuck Wagon dinner, please cancel your reservation by calling 307-344-7311, since this event was booked through Yellowstone National Park Lodges and not directly through the Hemingway Society.
- To cancel the bus from Billings to Sheridan and back, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Please be sure to cancel your travel plans, including hotel, Airbnb, or Vrbo reservations, as soon as possible, since this may allow these hospitality providers, who are currently experiencing economic distress, to rent these accommodations to other vacationers.
- Papers already accepted will be automatically accepted for the conference at its new date. We expect to issue a new call for papers early in 2021, at which time we will ask you to confirm your intent to participate. You will not be required to submit a new proposal.
This postponement will not affect our traditional semi-annual cycle of conferences. After the 2021 Wyoming/Montana conference, we fully intend to hold a conference in 2022 and return to a pattern of holding conferences in even-numbered years. We are still welcoming site proposals for 2022: please direct proposals to email@example.com.
For their excellent planning and hard work, the Board wants to thank Wyoming/Montana Conference Director Larry Grimes and the conference committee: Co-Directors Debi Isakson, John Sutton, and Chris Warren, and committee members Ross Tangedal, Ryan Hediger, Shannon Smith and Cecil Ponder. We also want to thank the villages of Cooke City, Montana, the town of Sheridan, and Sheridan College, who have worked to plan this conference. We eagerly look forward to it at its new date.
Sheridan College, along with its partners (Wyoming Humanities Council, University of Wyoming Institute of Humanities Research and Ucross Foundation), recently received a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant entitled Creating Humanities Communities along the Hemingway Highway. The goal of this this partnership is to bring together a network of humanities organizations—through the celebration of the life and writing of Ernest Hemingway and exploration of consequential historic and contemporary issues—to create events and programs that will reach diverse audiences in communities around the state. It is our belief that strengthening such collaborations will further humanities activity in Wyoming for years to come.
National Endowment for the Humanities: Hemingway Highways
The goal of this this partnership is to bring together a network of humanities organizations—through the celebration of the life and writing of Ernest Hemingway and exploration of consequential historic and contemporary issues—to create events, products, and programs that will reach diverse audiences in communities around the state. Strengthening such collaborations will further humanities activity in Wyoming for years to come.
- Wyoming Reads, coordinated with the Wyoming State Library and Wyoming Travel and Tourism, will relaunch the Wyoming Reads Program to raise awareness of Hemingway’s literary contribution while working in the state. This statewide common read program celebrates the 90th anniversary of A Farewell to Arms (which was completed in the Bighorn Mountains in 1928 and published in 1929)
- Hemingway Highways Tour, created using TravelStoryGPS app, will feature sites where Hemingway lived and worked throughout the state. In addition to A Farewell to Arms, significant works in the Hemingway canon including Death in the Afternoon, have ties to Wyoming. This itinerary of 1,700 miles will be promoted to Wyoming visitors as a way to experience the diverse physical and cultural landscapes of the state
- Writer Symposiums/Workshops featuring PEN/Hemingway writers and other writers associated with the legacy of Hemingway (such as Casper native, CJ Box) will have multiple events in libraries, colleges, high schools and in remote locations (where Hemingway did most of his writing). Iraqi war veteran Kevin Powers, award-winning author of The Yellow Birds will conduct events in the Sheridan area prior to September
- Exhibitions will take several different approaches to Hemingway’s legacy. The Ernest Hemingway Oak Park Foundation has agreed to loan their traveling exhibit to Wyoming during the grant period. The exhibit emphasizes A Farewell to Arms and Hemingway’s service as an ambulance driver in WWI. This WWI focus gives us the opportunity to establish the broader context of Hemingway’s work during the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. One exhibit will feature artists who interpret Hemingway’s works through their work (paintings, sculpture or other media). Another exhibit will emphasize Hemingway’s Wyoming connections. Our goal is to have at least 2 exhibits travel to 6-8 communities
- Community Forums, principally run by Saturday U, will feature an interdisciplinary emphasis to extend themes in Hemingway’s work to broader cultural discussions. Another potential forum includes speakers (along with a preview) from the Florentine Films production team (Ken Burns documentary film company) associated with the multi-part Hemingway documentary set to be released in 2020
- Performing Arts will emphasize an interdisciplinary engagement with Hemingway’s legacy. Original music interpretations (such as a proposed operatic interpretation of The Old Man and the Sea by an SC music instructor) as well as theatrical performances (such as Carol Hemingway’s Hemingway on Stage) will be performed in conjunction with other events