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Ernest Hemingway Conference: Conference Information

XVII Biennial International Ernest Hemingway Conference


JULY 17-22, 2016​


Conference participants will enjoy excellent presentation venues at Dominican University, beautiful event venues in Oak Park and River Forest, including the birthplace and the North Kenilworth home, and opportunities for exploring the Art Institute, the Newberry Library, and other historic Chicago sites. Participants are encouraged to join The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park in celebrating Hemingway’s birthday with the community the weekend following the conference.

In addition to scholars from around the world sharing their expertise: 

  • Novelist Tim O'Brien, author of Going After Cacciato (National Book Award), The Things They Carried, and In the Lake of the Woods, will deliver a keynote evening talk. 
  • Documentary filmmakers Lynn Novick (director), Sarah Botstein (producer), and Geoffrey C. Ward (writer), all longtime collaborators of Ken Burns, will discuss their creative process as they embark on a documentary biography of Hemingway. The film, co-directed by Burns and Novick, is a production of Florentine Films, and will air on PBS in 2020.
  • A selection of Grace Hall Hemingway's paintings will be exhibited.
  • Parallel programs will offer opportunities for veterans to discuss Hemingway and war literature through "Talking Service"; for teachers seeking continuing education; and for undergraduate Hemingway scholars in a one-day symposium. 

Alex Vernon, Program Chair

Spotlight: Dr. Alex Vernon

Special thanks to Dr. Alex Vernon, Conference Director and Program Coordinator of At Home in Hemingway's World

"Alex Vernon is the James and Emily Bost Odyssey Professor of English at Hendrix College (Conway, Arkansas), where he teaches post-1900 American literature as well as writing. His Hemingway scholarship includes two books, Hemingway's Second War: Bearing Witness to the Spanish Civil War (2011) and Soldiers Once and Still: Ernest Hemingway, James Salter, and Tim O'Brien (2004), one edited volume, Teaching Hemingway and War(fall 2015), and several articles. He is also the author of two memoirs, most succinctly bred (2006) and The Eyes of Orion: Five Tank Lieutenants in the Persian Gulf War (1999; Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Book Award); the cultural study On Tarzan (2008); and three other edited collections, Arms and the Self: War, the Military, and Autobiographical Writing (2005);Approaches to Teaching the Works of Tim O'Brien (2010); and Critical Insights: War (2012). He serves on the advisory board of the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Education Center. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy (B.S.) and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (M.A., Ph.D.)." -- Source

Dr. Vernon's website