Celebrating Robinson Jeffers
This year marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of California poet Robinson Jeffers and the 50th anniversary of his death in Carmel. Jeffers' literary and historical roots extend across the Golden State. Before settling in Carmel, he took an undergraduate degree at Occidental College and studied literature and medicine at the University of Southern California.
Celebrating Robinson Jeffers is an afternoon festival held at USC's Doheny Memorial Library, featuring discussions and presentations on Jeffers and the art of the book, rare Jeffers manuscripts and photographs, and his relationship to the natural world and California's literary legacy.
The festival is free and open to the public.
For complimentary parking, Enter campus through Gate 4 at Royal St., between Figueroa and Hoover on Jefferson Blvd.
Schedule of Events in Doheny Memorial Library, second-floor Friends Lecture
Lunch and Welcome
Dana Gioia, Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture, USC
Catherine Quinlan, Dean, USC Libraries
Robinson Jeffers and the Book Arts
Michael Peich, founder, Aralia Press; Professor Emeritus, West Chester University
Rare Jeffers Books, Manuscripts, and Photos Dale Stieber, Special
Collections Librarian, Occidental College Helena de Lemos, Rare Books
Librarian, Occidental College
Robinson Jeffers and the Natural World
Kim Stanley Robinson, novelist
Introduced by Devin Griffiths, Professor of English, USC
Panel Discussion: Jeffers and the Literary Legacy of California Kevin Starr,
University Professor and Professor of History, USC Dana Gioia
Moderator: William Deverell, Professor of History, USC
Keynote: The Young Robinson Jeffers: "Adrift in L.A."
James Karman, biographer of Robinson Jeffers; Professor, California State
University at Chico Introduced by Gere diZerega, Professor of Obstetrics and
Gynecology, USC; Board Member, Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation
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