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Scholarship | 2003
Transcription William Gilmore Simms Conference
Furman University
Greenville, South Carolina
April 15-17, 2004

Greetings WGGS members and friends! Plans are now underway for the 2004 WGGS
Conference, and we cordially invite you to attend. Next year's conference will be held at
Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. The campus—one of the most beautiful
in the nation—offers us a perfect setting for learning more about one of America's most
significant nineteenth-century authors. The WGSS executive committee met over the
summer to approve the plans for the conference. The conference will begin on Thursday,
April 15 in the early afternoon and will conclude on Saturday afternoon, April 17. Along
the way, we plan to hold a variety of panel sessions focusing on different aspects of
Simms's life and career as a writer. As is customary at our meetings, we have other
events planned as well, including a banquet on Friday night, some Simrns-related
entertainment, social gatherings on the grounds at Furman, and an excursion into the
scenic South Carolina upcountry after the conference concludes on Saturday. While at the
conference we also plan to celebrate the forthcoming dedication of a new reading room in
the Furman University Library which will be named in honor of Ms. Mary Simms
Oliphant in 2004.

We are actively soliciting paper proposals for the conference (please see the attached
flyer). If you have an academic paper you, would like to present, please send along an
abstract to me for consideration before the February 2, 2004 deadline. We welcome
papers from graduate students, and the society will once again at this conference award
cash prizes for the best three graduate papers. Please assist us by publicizing this
information to those who might be interested.

Conference registration fees will be as follows: Regular Registration, $125.00; Late
Registration (after March 31, 2004 or at the conference site), $150.00; Student
Registration, $45.00; and Late Student Registration, $50.00. The registration fee includes
all conference materials, lunches on campus Friday and Saturday, a continental breakfast
on Saturday (for the WGSS Annual Business Meeting), refreshments during breaks, the
WGSS banquet, and admission to all conference sessions and events. Registration
materials will be sent out later this fall and will also be available online at the WGSS
website (http://www.westga.edu/--simms). The Hampton Inn of Travelers Rest located
just a few miles from the main entrance to Furman University will serve as our
conference hotel. Conference participants will be able to reserve rooms at the Hampton
Inn (tel. 1-864-834-5550 at a reduced rate beginning November 1, 2003.

We look forward to seeing you at Furman University this coming April. Please contact
me if you have questions about the conference.

David Newton, WGSS Secretary / Conference Coordinator
770-836-6512, ext. 355 (office)