Poet Kay Ryan to Read on
Donald Hall, sadly, is too ill to travel and so will not be able
to give his scheduled reading on the opening night of the MSA
conference. Fortunately, the Poetry Foundation has found a distinguished
poet, Kay Ryan, to substitute. Information on Ms. Ryan is available
on our Featured Speakers page.
Important Update on Housing
Since the MSA room block at the conference hotel was filled as
of September 28, the organizers have reserved a limited number
of additional rooms at the Hilton
Garden Inn Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile. This highly
rated hotel is located quite close to the conference at the Chicago
Marriott Downtown. The MSA rate at the Hilton is $167 per night.
For reservations, please phone the Hilton at (312) 595-0000 or
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Newberry Library Special Event
Tim Newcomb's panel on Manuscript Research and Modernist Studies
(Thursday, November 3rd at 3 p.m.) will be held at the Newberry
Library, Chicago. Lawrence Rainey, George Bornstein, and Laura
Milsk Flower will present. Prior to the presentations, the Newberry
staff will give a brief tour of the library and an introduction
to its modern manuscript collections. This session presents an
excellent opportunity for scholars to become better acquainted
with the Newberry collections in modernist studies and fellowship
As one of the world's leading independent research libraries,
the Newberry Library's collections are rich in sources for the
20th century. The modern manuscript collections include extensive
holdings on Katherine Mansfield, Sherwood Anderson, Malcolm Cowley,
John Alden Carpenter, Catherine Dunham, and the Messenger magazine,
to name only a few. The Edward E. Ayer Collection in Native American
history is one of the best in the country. Their
website provides a general overview of the collections but
the tour will go into much more detail.
Those planning to attend this session should notify Ann
Mattis as soon as possible but no later than September 28th
so that transportation to and from the Newberry can be arranged.
Attendees will return to the Marriott in time for the opening
reception and Donald Hall's poetry reading that evening.
Founded in 1999, the Modernist Studies Association is devoted
to the study of the arts in their social, political, cultural,
and intellectual contexts from the late nineteenth through the
mid-twentieth century. Through its annual conferences and journal,
Modernism/Modernity, the organization seeks to develop
an international and interdisciplinary forum for exchange among
scholars in this revitalized and rapidly expanding field.
The Modernist Studies Association will hold its 2005 annual meeting
in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The conference will be held at one
of Chicago's top conference hotels, the Marriott Downtown, located
on world-famous Michigan Avenue.
Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Loyola University Chicago,
the conference will feature a variety of events related to the
study of modernism and modernity, including the following: