Shown below is the 2017 schedule , presenters and topics.

  2018 will be announced at a later date.


2017 Schedule

Friday, June 2
Registration opens :  The Conundrum

3:00 pm–5:30 pm
The Conundrum Books & Puzzles
11917 Ferdinand Street

Friday, June 2
Lost in the church yard

6:30 pm–10 pm
Grace Episcopal Church Yard
11621 Ferdinand Street

Saturday, June 3, 2017

 

Walker Percy And The Benedict Option: Confronting The Culture Of Death

  • Saturday, June 3, 2017
  • The West Feliciana Court House : 4789 Prosperity Street
  • 9:00am 10:30am

In his prophetic mode, Percy said we are living through the birth of a post-Christian order that worships technology and the will to power, and that thus devalues life's sacredness. Drawing on Percy's scorching estimate of contemporary American life—in his novels and essays as well as his involvement in the Civil Rights struggle—Wood explains why Percy’s diagnosis may find its healing remedy in Rod Dreher's Benedict Option. For Percy and BenOppers alike, we need new countercultural movements to defend and preserve what is uniquely human.                   Presented by Ralph Wood

Walker Percy and the Burden of History.

  • Saturday, June 3, 2017
  • Temple Sinai : 4740 Prosperity Street
  • 9:00am 10:30am

One of the most famous lines in Southern literature comes from William Faulkner’s Requiem for a Nun: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” Walker Percy’s essays and novels acknowledge the enduring power of the ever-present past, but, argues Patrick Connelly, the burden of history does not lead him to fatalism or despair. Drawing on personal biography, the saga of Southern history, the American narrative, and world-historical themes rooted in religious and philosophical convictions, Percy presents the burden of history not simply as the crushing weight of the past but in terms of the responsibilities we share as creatures of hope and history.            Presented by Patrick Connelly

The Devil Went Down To Georgia: Flannery O'Connor And The Religion Of Me, Myself, And I.

  • Saturday, June 3, 2017
  • The West Feliciana Court House : 4789 Prosperity Street
  • 2:00pm 3:30pm

The modern age is one of self-worship, says Jessica Hooten Wilson, putting us in thrall to a false idol and a pseudo-religious vision that leaves us blind to the human condition. In her fiction, Flannery O'Connor, the self-described "Hillbilly Thomist," fought hard for the Real and the True. Wilson explores O'Connor's anti-modern iconoclasm, and the lessons O'Connor has to teach readers struggling to make sense of contemporary problems.                              Presented by Jessica Hooten Wilson.


Walker Percy's Blues: Suffering And Self- Discovery In Love in the Ruins.

  • Saturday, June 3, 2017
  • Temple Sinai : 4740 Prosperity Street
  • 2:00pm 3:30pm

Percy's fiction and personal life are filled with experiences of melancholy, and various complex and searching responses to it. Not least among these is a concern with the sense of Self, and the Self's relations with others. Psychoanalyst Ralph Beaumont explores some philosophical, psychological, and spiritual paradoxes related to this theme as it is manifest in Percy's third novel, Love in the Ruins. Dr. Beaumont will also raise questions about how these issues may correspond to aspects of Percy's own life and development.                  Presented by Dr. Ralph Beaumont

Memoirs of a Mississippi Boy

  • Saturday, June 3, 2017
  • The West Feliciana Court House : 4789 Prosperity Street
  • 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Writer and humorist Harrison Scott Key, author of 'The World's Largest Man', on the eccentric charms of growing up in the rural South.

 


Saturday, June 3
Progressive Front Porch Tour & Bourbon Tasting

5:30 pm–7:30 pm

Saturday, June 3
Crawfish & Craft Beer Celebration

7:30 pm–10:30 pm
Prosperity Street