Unless otherwise noted, all concurrent sessions will be held in the WVU Erickson Alumni Center and are scheduled to run for 80 minutes. For concurrent sessions with three presentations, each presenter is asked to speak for 20 minutes. This will leave 20 minutes at the end for Q&A. For sessions with two presentations, each presenter is asked to speak for 30 minutes, leaving 20 minutes at the end for Q&A. The duration of plenary sessions will vary.
September 11, Sunday
6:00 p.m. - 7:20 p.m.
Plenary Session A: Opening the Gateway
Location: West Virginia and Regional History Center, WVU Library
(Reception with heavy hors d'oeuvres)
“The Pearl S. Buck Manuscripts Collection: A Collaboration to Promote One of
America’s Foremost Writers,” Brett Miller, West Virginia Wesleyan College;
Kirk Judd, Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation; and John Cuthbert, West Virginia
*A shuttle will run from the conference hotel to/from Wise Library beginning at 5:30 p.m. Parking is available in the lower level of the Mountainlair garage (Area 9) on Prospect Street.
7:30 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.
The Good Earth, the movie (1938)
Location: Gluck Theater, Mountainlair
September 12, Monday
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Check-In (Continental breakfast available)
9:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
Concurrent Session A: PSB in the context of China - Room 115
“Chinese Culture ‘Going Global’: Pearl S. Buck’s Methodological Inspiration,”
Junwei Yao, Nanjing Normal University
“’Always in Love with Great Ends’: Pearl S. Buck’s Response to Sun-Yatsen and
his Nationalist Revolution,” David Gordon, Shepherd University
“Christianity in the Crucible: The Reinvention of American Missions in China
before the Sydenstrickers, 1860-1880,” John Haddad, Penn State Harrisburg
Concurrent Session B: Comparative Approaches to PSB - Room 110/111
“The Good Earth: A Comparison of the Life of Farm Women in China
and Appalachia During the Early 20th Century,” Annie Fleming, West
Virginia Wesleyan College
- “The Importance of ‘Land’ in the Literature of the Great Depression: Pearl S.
Buck’ The Good Earth”, Danny Franke, Alderson Broaddus University
“’Not having to be alone/is happiness’ (Chia Tao [779-843]): The Cal Price Writing
Workshops at the Pearl Buck Birthplace as Catalyst for a Global Writing
Community,” Rob Merritt, Bluefield College
10:40 a.m. - Noon
Concurrent Session C: Pearl’s Husbands - Room 115
“John Lossing Buck: Global Agriculturalist, Scientist, and Writer,” Susie Woodland,
Pearl S. Buck Writing Center (PSBWC)
“Richard J. Walsh: Publisher, Activist, Partner, and Father,” Jean Silvernail,
Concurrent Session D: Literary and Cinematic Contexts for PSB - Room 110/111
“Gateways into The Good Earth: Myth and Archetype in Pearl S. Buck’s Classic
Novel,” Carol Breslin, Gwynedd Mercy University and PSBWC
“Beyond the ‘Gaze’: Tess Slesinger’s Good Earth (MGM 1937),” Anna
“Interpreting the Human Subjectivity in The Good Earth trilogy,” Yao
Wang, Nanjing Normal University
12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Plenary Session B: Building a Bridge (lunch included) - Grand Hall A
“China’s Recent Realization: The Real Peasant Life Portrayed by Pearl S. Buck,”
Kang Liao, Defense Language Institute and Middlebury Institute for
Prize @ 100 - The Prize History, the Winners and the Work", Keven Ann Willey, Vice President and Editorial Page Editor, Dallas
Morning-News and Co-Chair, Pulitzer Prize Board
2:00 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Concurrent Session E: PSB’s Humanitarian Legacy - Room 115
“An Overview of the Humanitarian Legacy of Pearl S. Buck,” Janet Mintzer, Pearl
S. Buck International(PSBI)
“PSBI and PSB Studies in China,” Zhang Danli, Nanjing Normal University
Concurrent Session F: PSB and Social Change I [Special Pulitzer Campfires theme] - Room 110/111
“’Cockeyed Optimists and Careful Dreamers’: How the Artistry and Optimism of
Pearl S. Buck, James Michener, and Oscar Hammerstein II Changed
America’s Awareness of Asia through Musical Comedies,” Anne Kaler, Gwynedd
Mercy University and PSBWC
- “Pearl S. Buck’s Promising Legacy in Korea: The PSBFK and the Growth of Multiculturalism in South Korea,” T.J. Park, West Virginia State University
- “Pearl Buck as a Social Activist,” Karen Vuranch, Concord University
3:40 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Concurrent Session G: PSB and Food - Room 115
“Pearl S. Buck’s Oriental Cookbook,” Melanie Campbell, Davis and Elkins College
Concurrent Session H: PSB and Social Change II [Special Pulitzer Campfires theme] - Room 110/111
- “Experiencing a Revolution and Establishing a Mixed-Race Adoption Agency,” Edgar Roosa, PSBWC
- "Pearl, Quan Yin, and the Western Goddesses,” Anne Kaler, Gwynedd Mercy University and PSBWC
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Plenary Session C: Returning to Life (dinner included)
Location will be provided at the conference
- “History Alive! Performance of Pearl S. Buck,” Karen Vuranch
September 13, Tuesday
9:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
Concurrent Session I: PSB, War, and Accountability [Special Pulitzer Campfires theme] - Room 115
- “Pearl Buck, Raphael Lemkin, and the Struggle for the Genocide Convention,” David M. Crowe, Elon University
- “Pearl S. Buck’s Investigation and Research into the Effects of the Atomic Bombs on all Humankind as seen in her novel Command the Morning ,” John McCabe, PSBWC
Concurrent Session J: PSB’s Personal Journey - Room 110/111
- “Chasing Pearl: One Woman’s Journey into the Life and Times of Pearl S. Buck,” Angela Kraus
- “Will the Real Pearl Buck Please Stand Up? The Many Names of Pearl S. Buck,” Cynthia Louden, PSBWC
- “West Virginia’s Nobel Laureates: Pearl S. Buck and John Nash,” Mark Wilson, WVU Tech
Bus trip to PSB birthplace, Hillsboro, WV will leave immediately following the conclusion of the conference. A box lunch will be provided to all conference attendees.
This signature event is part of a national series celebrating the Centennial of the Pulitzer Prize.
*Schedule subject to change as details are confirmed.Hosted by West Virginia University in partnership with West Virginia Wesleyan College, West Virginia Humanities Council, and the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation.