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Will you be giving a PowerPoint presentation at EW in F? The Marist-LdM staff encourages presenters to check their presentations on the computers during any break times to avoid last-minute issues; they will remind you of this at check-in as well. Presenters for the 9am sessions should arrive in advance to check their presentations. Standard USB drives should work.
Last week, we issued requests for attendees for all meals with a deadline of Sunday and received responses from many of you. We issued a second query on Monday with a deadline of last night. At this time, we report that due to space limitations, dining requests are now closed. EW in F has succeeded beyond our expectations and we are simply out of space. There may be extra space at the banquet only, to be determined on arrival.
Florence has many fabulous dining options and there will be many opportunities to socialize. We look forward to seeing you in Florence!
Meredith & Emily
An important update on technology: the three presentation rooms in Piazza Strozzi (Palladio, Raffaello, Donatello) are equipped with PowerPoint and desk top computers. DVDS can be played either using a region free PC + projector or a region free DVD player + television. VHS tapes can be played on a television (PAL and NTSC). Marist-LdM staff will be available at the front desk in Strozzi at 8 am June 6-8 for check-in and assistance. Our advice is to print out copies of all slides, save your presentation in more than one place, and do a trial run in advance.
Dear colleagues, Our friends at Marist-LdM have revised the map and made it easier to read–it’s even in color! If you click on it, it will open (larger) in a new tab. This includes all the buildings we will be using during the conference. The map will also be included in your program for your convenience. Thanks to Brad Miller of LdM for his help with this matter!
The directors of Villa I Tatti, the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies and the former home of Bernard Berenson, have made a special treat available to us: they have assembled a small exhibit of Wharton-related materials and are able to make extra tours and times available for conference participants before and after the conference. If you know–or have always wanted to visited Villa I Tatti–this is a rare opportunity to see Berenson’s home and garden and correspondence between Wharton and the Berensons. We’ve taken the liberty of forwarding them participants’ addresses and the librarians there will be contacting you. For clarity, this opportunity is coordinated through I Tatti, not through the conference or through Emily and Meredith. Registered conference members only are eligible for these visits, not friends or family.
Meredith & Emily
Dear friends and colleagues,
We are delighted to announce that a draft of the program for EW in F is finally ready. Please go to the “Schedule” page to see the schedule for the conference. We’re so excited about bringing this project to fruition!
Art lovers and Edith lovers, take note:
Just around the corner from the Marist-LdM conference site, you’ll find the following exhibit at the Palazzo Strozzi:
“Americans in Florence–Sargent and the American Impressionists”
“The exhibition explores the American impressionists’ relationship with Italy, and with Florence in particular, in the decades spanning the close of the 19th and dawn of the 20th centuries. There was a marked upswing in the number of American artists travelling to Europe after the Civil War ended in 1865, and the trend continued on into the early 20th century. Hundreds of painters came to Paris and other parts of France while others studied in Germany, with England, Holland and Spain being other favourite locations. Italy, however, was an inescapable pole of attraction for most of them. Florence, Venice and Rome had been at the heart of the Grand tour for centuries and had become legendary for all those eager to study the art of the past, quite apart from their appeal in terms of the climate, the countryside, the people, and the overall atmosphere prevailing in them….The exhibition will include female portraits of great quality in which women symbolise the modern American nation: young girls, adolescents and even children, often dressed in white, personify the purity and hopes of an entire nation. ” http://www.palazzostrozzi.org/Sezione.jsp?idSezione=683
This exhibit offers many connections to Wharton’s work–Edith would be so proud; Undine would be so fussy; and Ellen Olenska so effortlessly elegant.
A lively discussion of Ethan Frome can be found at this link to NPR’s Diane Rehm Show, where Wharton Society VP and Conference Co-Director Meredith Goldsmith joined Lisa Page (President, PEN/Faulkner Foundation) and John Pfordrescher (Professor of English, Georgetown University) for a Readers’ Review:
Diane Rehm chose the book and her passion for Wharton’s work was truly gratifying. Do you have thoughts on Ethan Frome? If so, jump in and comment below!