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Conference Schedule

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 University (WVU) 

*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.

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

Concurrent Session B: Comparative Approaches to PSB - Room 110/111

10:40 a.m. - Noon

Concurrent Session C: Pearl’s Husbands - Room 115

Concurrent Session D: Literary and Cinematic Contexts for PSB - Room 110/111

12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Plenary Session B: Building a Bridge (lunch included) - Grand Hall A

2:00 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Concurrent Session E: PSB’s Humanitarian Legacy - Room 115

Concurrent Session F: PSB and Social Change I [Special Pulitzer Campfires theme] - Room 110/111

3:40 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Concurrent Session G: PSB and Food - Room 115

Concurrent Session H: PSB and Social Change II [Special Pulitzer Campfires theme] - Room 110/111

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Plenary Session C: Returning to Life (dinner included)
Location will be provided at the conference

*A shuttle will run from the conference hotel to/from event venue beginning at 6:30 p.m. Parking is available beyond the residence if you are not using the shuttle.

September 13, Tuesday

9:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

Concurrent Session I: PSB, War, and Accountability [Special Pulitzer Campfires theme] - Room 115

Concurrent Session J: PSB’s Personal Journey - Room 110/111

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

Closing Session: Grand Hall A
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.