Campus hosts Virginia Woolf Conference

For immediate release: May 26, 2015

BLOOMSBURG — Nearly 250 scholars will attend the 25th annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf hosted by Bloomsburg University from Thursday through Sunday, June 4 to 7.

Following the theme Virginia Woolf and Her Female Contemporaries, the conference will include a number of events open to the public, including:

  • An international art exhibit at the Greenly Center, 50 E. Main St., displaying about 50 works, opening with a reception Thursday, June 4, at 6 p.m. Gallery hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 4:30 p.m. The exhibit is open to the public free of charge.
  • A fiction reading by British novelist Maggie Gee and a poetry reading with Cynthia Hogue Thursday, June 4, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, East Main and Iron Streets. Open to the public free of charge.
  • A theatrical reading of “Septimus and Clarissa” by Ellen McLaughin by members of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble and the playwright Friday, June 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St. A Mrs. Dalloway Party, based on one of Virginia Woolf’s best-known novels, will be held at the theatre following the reading. Attendees are invited to wear costumes for the evening’s party. A fee will be charged for the reading and party.

The first international conference held at BU, the event will feature 150 research papers presented by professors and scholars from around the world. Among the scholars attending will be 22 Bloomsburg and Berwick high school students, as well as 30 students from BU. Students from 10 universities from across the country will present research papers on Saturday.

Three plenary dialogues, roundtable discussions, poetry and fiction readings, an art exhibit, and the launch of a new journal, Feminist Modernist Studies, are some of the highlights of the conference. The finale will be a Saturday evening banquet with Cecil Woolf, the nephew of Virginia Woolf and her husband, Leonard. Also attending the banquet will be Jean Moorcroft Wilson, biographer, literary critic and wife of Cecil Woolf.

Two post-conference events — a printmaking workshop and a hike at Ricketts Glen State Park — also are planned, both open to the public.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.