English Department To Host the 21st International James and Susan Fenimore Cooper conference

The English Department will host the 21st International James and Susan Fenimore Cooper conference September 28-30. This biennial conference will feature twenty four scholars presenting their current research on the writings and cultural impact of James Fenimore Cooper and Susan Fenimore Cooper. The theme of this year’s conference is “Watershed,” referring both to geographical location and a moment of sudden change. The conference will be held in the Craven Lounge in the Morris Conference. Members of the campus community are welcome to attend.

James Fenimore Cooper is one of the foundational figures of American literature. Best known as the author of The Last of the Mohicans, Cooper penned over thirty novels plus several volumes of travel writing, history, and political commentary. Susan Fenimore Cooper, James’s daughter and executor of his literary estate, was herself a prolific writer of fiction and essays. Rural Hours, her account of the natural and cultural history of Cooperstown in the mid-nineteenth century, is considered a seminal work of early American environmental writing.

The keynote speaker for the conference will be Matthew Wynn Sivils, Associate Professor of English at Iowa State University. His lecture, “Blood in the Watershed: Systems Ecology, Violence, and Cooper’s The Pioneers,” will take place on Thursday, September 28, at 7:30 pm in the Craven Lounge. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Cooper conference is made possible by support from the English Department, the Office of the Dean of Humanities, and the Public Events Committee.

For more information, contact Roger Hecht at hechtrw@oneonta.edu

Matt Sivils Lecture poster