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Scholarship | 2008
Transcription Simms Symposium 11-13 September 2008:
Simms, Poet, Essayist & Critic

Plans are shaping up at the Historic T. R. R. Cobb House in Athens,
Georgia, for the Simms Society's 2008 Symposium. The splendid newly
restored mansion is owned and operated as a house museum and conference
centre by the Watson-Brown Foundation.
The topic will be Simms's Poetry (and his essays and critical reviews
relating thereto). If sufficient interest develops, a session will be devoted to
relating Simms to nineteenth century poetry in general. Consideration will also
be given to having a session on Simms's Southern poet contemporaries (Poe,
Hayne, Timrod, Father Ryan, Lanier, etc.)
The house has a display area where Simms poetry, manuscripts,
letters, first editions, and books from Simms's library (from the collection of
Dr James Kibler and family members) will be shown for the first time.
As soon as possible, send all proposals for papers to Dr Jim Kibler,
211 Peters Creek Rd , Whitmire, SC 29178.
Deadline for proposals is 31 July.
There will be a reception honouring Professor Masahiro Nakamura,
upon his publication of his new translation of Simms's short stories into
Japanese. Also recognised will be scholars from distant lands.
A session will be devoted to a reading of original poetry (never before
published) relating to Simms and his work. (See the following announcement
at page 39 for information on submissions.)
There will be a session devoted to a discussion and recognition of
books published on Simms in the last three years, and of works accepted for
publication in the near future. This session will be a way to explore what is new
in Simms studies.
Seven scholarly papers have been accepted to date. These submissions
are exceptional. There is still ample room for other papers.
Registration cost is $65 by 10 August and $75 after 10 August. This
will include all entertainments, tours, and receptions. Student registration is
$35, with the registration fee waived if the student is presenting a paper. Fees
will be refundable until 10 August, but not thereafter.
Please fill out the registration form folded into your current Simms
Review, with checks made out to the Simms Society "for the Simms
symposium." Please do so as soon as possible, so we can get an idea of how
many will attend. 10 August is the deadline for registering at the reduced fee.
Participants may be limited to 60, so register early to assure a place.
Special symposium rates have been granted by the Hilton Garden Inn
in downtown Athens a short drive from the Cobb House. A block of 30 rooms
has been reserved there at $129 per night and an optional $8 per day parking
fee. (The usual rate is $189.) These rooms have two queen size beds. Guests
must call by 20 August to receive the special rate. The number is 706-353-
6800. Mention the William Gilmore Simms Society Symposium to receive the
special rate.
The Simms Society business meeting with election of officers will be
held during this weekend. Voters must be Society members in good standing
(current dues paid for 2008), and officially registered for the conference to be
able to vote.
In the meantime, for a tour of the Cobb House, the meeting place for
the Symposium, see www. TRRCobbHouse.org.