Oak Park in 2016

The Hemingway Society
2016 Oak Park Conference
PROGRAM and General Schedule

The Academic Program for Oak Park is now posted online! 

If you need to mail material ahead of time, do so no earlier than 17 June, and ship to: Dominican University, Attn: Hemingway Conference, 7900 West Division Street, River Forest, IL 60305.

Most panels have three presenters in a 75-minute session, allowing for each presentation to go no more than 20 minutes, with the remaining time available for Q&A and general discussion. The very rare four-presentation panel will allow no more than 15 minutes for each.  
Instructional Technology for presentations: At the registration/check-in table in the Parmer Hall Atrium, each conference registrant will receive a temporary Dominican ID Card (known as STAR Card). Each STAR Card will have a unique identification number that will be the login for computers and/or the campus wi-fi areas. This will also be the means for accessing the computers for panel presentations. It will probably be most efficient if the moderator logs in before the panel begins for the entire panel (rather than a new log in for each presentation).

Presentation venues are equipped with Windows 7-based PCs and full internet capability once logged in. For playing DVDs, we recommend that speakers use the DVD player built into the computer. Sound will go through the room-based speaker systems.  Region 2 DVDs should use the computer's VLC media player instead of Windows Media Player.

We recommend that presenters bring their own USBs to plug into the existing computers in each room.  However, there is also the capability of connecting one's own laptop to the projection system.  Presenters will have to know the function key combination to switch display from the screen on their laptop to a projector.  The projectors are VGA-based—NOT HDMI-based.  Mac users must bring their own "dongle" to properly connect their Macs to the VGA cords that are in each classroom to output to the projectors.

NOTE:  Macintosh users are strongly urged to have either the Firefox or Chrome browser installed on their personal laptops BEFORE the conference.  SafeConnect must be installed on personal computers in order to access the DU wireless network; there are known issues that SafeConnect cannot be downloaded through Safari.


Publication: Presenters who would like to submit their work for potential inclusion in the post-conference essay collection should email final essays by 31 January 2017 to Alex Vernon and David Krause (vernon@hendrix.edudkrause@dom.edu). 8000 word max. Essays aligned with the At Home in Hemingway's World theme will receive preferential consideration.


It will be a very full week, and I hope you'll agree an exciting one. I'm looking forward to so many of the presentations, to seeing old friends and making new ones.

Alex Vernon
Program Chair


Sunday 17 July
12:00-4:00     Registration, Information and Book Sellers AT Parmer Atrium

4:00-6:00        Opening Reception [optional] AT Boyhood Home, 600 N. Kenilworth

Monday 18 July
4:30-10:00      Buses depart from Parmer Hall to PEN/Hemingway Fundraiser Dinner Cruise [optional] FULL/CLOSED
                                    ON Odyssey/LakeMichigan, honoring Susan Beegel, former editor of The Hemingway Review

Tuesday 19 July
7:30-9:00         An Evening with Tim O’Brien [included] AT Lund Auditorium

Wednesday 20 July
7:00-10:00       Society Grants/Fellowship Fundraiser [optional]  AT Pleasant Home
                                   evening of song, poetry, and fellowship--contact Matthew Nickel if interested in contributing

Thursday 21 July
5:30-7:30          Art Reception of Grace’s work and new art AT Oak Park Art League
7:30+                Hemingway Trivia AT Oak Park Brewing Co/Hamburger Mary's

Friday 22 July
7:00+                   Closing Banquet [optional] AT Nineteenth Century Club FULL/CLOSED

Saturday-Sunday    EHFOP Birthday Weekend

For tickets to the EFHOP Birthday Weekend, click here: Birthday Weekend.

For access to the Hemingway Archives during the conference, please sign up in advance for one of several daily appointments, click here: Archives. Staffing considerations will not allow us to accomodate unscheduled drop-ins to the archives.

For a Tuesday morning walking tour of Oak Park with Nancy Sindelar (8:30-10:00, $15), click here: Tour


Plenary Schedule (Lund Auditorium, Dominican University)

Monday:          Hemingway’s Oak Park and Chicago, with Paul Hendrickson and Liesl Olson
Tuesday:         Presidential Address  & Society Meeting
Wednesday:    Ken Burns’ Florentine Films: “Becoming at Home in Ernest Hemingway’s World”
Thursday:        Happy 117th Birthday lunch [included]
Friday:             "Love and Truth in Hemingway’s Life and Works" panel discussion with Mark Cirino, Debra Moddelmog, Matt Nickel, & Linda Wagner-Martin


Daily Schedule (Parmer Hall, Dominican University)

9:00-10:15           Panels
10:30-11:45         Plenary    Thursday: Panel
11:45-1:15           Lunch     Thursday: Birthday Lunch
1:15-2:30             Panels
2:45-4:00             Panels
4:15-5:30             Panels


Parallel Programs

Tuesday            Talking Service (veterans)

Wednesday      Teaching Panels. (Educators must complete this Teaching Hemingway Registration Form to receive state-approved professional-developmet credits.)

Friday               Undergrad Symposium