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William Stafford Centennial

(Rescheduled) Symposium: “You Must Revise Your Life”—Stafford at 100, a Celebration and Reassessment

Date: 9:00am - 4:00pm PDT March 15 Location: Agnes Flanagan Chapel

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Agnes Flanagan Chapel

Join us in celebrating the life of William Stafford, renowned poet, educator, and pacifist, whose legacy continues to inspire our community and all who encounter his work. The one day symposium will include panels, discussion, poetry readings, and self guided exhibit tours. 

Saturday March 15, 9:00am-4:00pm, Agnes Flanagan Chapel

Register here (no cost)

9:00-9:30: Continental Breakfast (Gregg Pavilion)

9:30-9:35: Welcome by Kurt Fosso, Associate Professor of English, Lewis & Clark College

9:35-10:25: Opening remarks by Kim Stafford, Associate Professor, Lewis & Clark Graduate School and Director of the Northwest Writing Institute

10:30-11:20: Panel #1: Stafford’s Archive in the Classroom: Pauls Toutonghi, Associate Professor of English, Lewis & Clark College, and Lewis & Clark alumna Jess Alberg, BA ’13

11:25-12:15: Panel #2: Stafford and the Practice of Teaching: Susan Kirschner, Senior Lecturer Emerita, Lewis & Clark; Chuck Charnquist, BS ’58; Kimberley King, BA ’75; Karen Gross, Associate Professor of English, Lewis & Clark, chair

12:15-1:15 Lunch break (not catered)

1:15-2:05: Panel #3: Stafford at 100, a Reconsideration by Four Poets: Vince Wixon, Primus St. John, Maxine Scates, and Mary Szybist, Associate Professor of English; Jerry Harp, Assistant Professor of English, Lewis & Clark, chair  

2:10-3:00: Closing remarks by Kim Stafford, Associate Professor, Lewis & Clark Graduate School and Director of the Northwest Writing Institute

3:00: Self-guided tours of Stafford Exhibits

Pop-up exhibition: Linocut Prints for The Osage Orange Tree in the Hoffman Gallery (closes at 4pm).  The Osage Orange Tree is an iconic story from the life and legacy of William Stafford and has come fully into its own in a newly published hard-cover book illustrated with twenty-five original linocuts by Dennis Cunningham.

Stafford at 100 - A Centenary Exhibit. A selection of photographs, manuscripts, books, and artifacts from the William Stafford Archives showcases materials from each period of Stafford’s life and career including his work in the Civilian Public Service, the Library of Congress, as an educator, and as a renowned poet.

A multimedia exhibition of the photographs by William Stafford, curated by Kirsten Rian, is on display in the Watzek Library atrium in connection with the William Stafford at 100 - A Centenary Exhibit.  An additional framed selection exhibit is on display in the main hall of Miller.

The William Stafford Campus Walk is a special exhibit to celebrate the life of William Stafford. The walk includes nine placards placed around campus, each with a William Stafford Poem, and a note about significance of the location.

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