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Conference Schedule

2nd Pearl S. Buck Living Gateway Conference

West Virginia Wesleyan College – Buckhannon, WV

(Note: schedule is subject to change; final schedule will be distributed at conference registration)

 

Thursday, September 13

 

3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Conference Registration

(Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library – WVWC)

 

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

“Korean Impressions of Pearl S. Buck” by Professor Chongko Choi

Gallery Opening, Reception, and Artist Talk

(Sleeth Gallery – McCuskey Hall – WVWC)

 

Friday, September 14

 

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Conference Registration

(Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library – WVWC)

 

8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Acknowledgments

Dr. James Moore, Dean of the Faculty and Chief Academic Officer (WVWC)

Brett Miller, Director of Library Services and Archivist (WVWC)

(Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library – WVWC)

 

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Discussion Panel – Censorship in Pearl S. Buck's Works

Dr. Melanie Page

-Associate Vice President for Creative and Scholarly Activities (WVU)

Dr. Anne Lofaso

-Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development (WVU)

(Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library – WVWC)

-Arthur B. Hodge Professor of Law (WVU)

Maggie McDonald

-Graduate Student in Public Administration/Cultural Resource Mangaement (WVU)


9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Presentation Session #1

“Confucian Values in The Good Earth”

Dr. Danny Franke (Alderson-Broaddus University)

“Gods, Ghosts, and Demons: Christianity and the Supernatural in Rural China and The Good Earth

Dr. John Haddad (Penn State University, Harrisburg)

(Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library - WVWC)

 

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Presentation Session #2 

“Pearl Buck’s Second World War Strategic Vision: Decolonization and Desegregation as Military and Social Necessities”

Dr. Charles Kupfer (Penn State University, Harrisburg)

“Pearl S. Buck’s World War II: Working for Social Justice and Racial Equality during ‘The Good War’”

Dr. Robert Shaffer (Shippensburg University)

(Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library - WVWC)

 

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Address - “Hidden Resources: The Pearl S. Buck International Archives”

Marie Toner – Curator, Pearl S. Buck House and National Historic Landmark Site

(Social Hall – Benedum Campus Community Center - WVWC)

 

1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Presentation Session #3 

“Pearl S. Buck and China’s ‘War of Resistance,’ 1937-1945”

Dr. David Crowe (Elon University and Chapman University)

“Pearl S. Buck in Zhenjiang, China/Report of a Visit to Zhenjiang”

John Cuthbert (West Virginia University)

(Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library – WVWC)

 

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Break

 

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Presentation Session #4 

The Concept of Self and the Other in Pearl Buck’s Fiction

Dr. Daria Lenina (State Linguistics University of Nizhny Novgorod)

The Archetypal Imagination of Pearl Buck and Lu Xun: Contrasts in Approach through the Lens of Jungian Psychology

Leila Ryland Swain (West Virginia Wesleyan College)

(Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library – WVWC)

 

8:30 p.m. 

Optional Free Concert – The Filharmonic (Filipino-American a cappella vocal quintet)

(Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts – WVWC)

 

Saturday, September 15

 

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Presentation Session #5

“The Politics of Home in Pearl S. Buck’s The Exile

Wenjun Wang (Penn State University and Nanjing Normal University)

“Pearl S. Buck, J. Edgar Hoover, and the Case of the Mysterious Telegram”

Dr. Jay Cole (West Virginia University)

(Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library – WVWC)


~10:30-11:00 a.m.

Board coach buses for Davis and Elkins College

(College Avenue – WVWC)

 

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Travel from WVWC to Davis and Elkins College (coach buses)

 

~11:45 a.m.

Pearl S. Buck Luncheon (utilizing recipes from Pearl S. Buck’s 1972 Oriental Cookbook )

Chef Melanie Campbell

-Executive Chef/Assistant Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management (D&E)

(Graceland Inn – Davis and Elkins College)

 

12:30 p.m.

Keynote Address

Dr. Yingjian Guo

-Distinguished Professor of English (School of Foreign Languages; Renmin University of China)

 

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Tour of Davis and Elkins College Library/Pearl S. Buck Collection

Mary Jo DeJoice

-Assistant Director of Booth Library

(Booth Library – Davis and Elkins College)

 

2:00 p.m.

Coach Bus #1 – Departs for Tour of Pearl S. Buck Birthplace (please note interest in tour when registering for conference)

Coach Bus #2 – Returns to West Virginia Wesleyan College

 

2:45 p.m.

Coach Bus #2 – Arrives at West Virginia Wesleyan College and attendees depart

(Buckhannon, WV)

 

4:00 p.m.

Coach Bus #1 – Arrives at Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation

Tour of Pearl S. Buck Birthplace – Stulting House, Sydenstricker Cabin, and Grounds

Phyllis Lubin-Tyler

-Head Docent and Tour Guide

(Hillsboro, WV)

 

~5:30 p.m.

Coach Bus #1 – Departs Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation

Dinner will be provided on the coach buses

(Hillsboro, WV)

 

~8:00 p.m.

Coach Bus #1 – Arrives at West Virginia Wesleyan College and attendees depart

(Buckhannon, WV)