Memoirs of a Mississippi Boy
Jun
3
4:00 pm16:00

Memoirs of a Mississippi Boy

  • West Feliciana Court House

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

Walker Percy's Blues: Suffering And Self- Discovery In Love in the Ruins.
Jun
3
2:00 pm14:00

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

  • Temple Sinai

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

* Times subject to change.

The Devil Went Down To Georgia: Flannery O'Connor And The Religion Of Me, Myself, And I.
Jun
3
2:00 pm14:00

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

  • West Feliciana Court House

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.

* Times subject to change, please check back near event date.

Walker Percy and the Burden of History.
Jun
3
9:00 am09:00

Walker Percy and the Burden of History.

  • Temple Sinai

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

* Times subject to change

 

Walker Percy And The Benedict Option: Confronting The Culture Of Death
Jun
3
9:00 am09:00

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

  • West Feliciana Court House

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

 

* Times subject to change, please check back just prior to event date.

Jun
4
4:00 pm16:00

I Knew Walker When …

A panel comprised of 4-5 folks who knew, lived, worked with, and loved, Walker Percy. Panelists include Steve Ellis, Jim Brown, Christopher Harris, and Percy's daughter, Mary Pratt Percy Lobdell.

Jun
4
2:00 pm14:00

Dostoevsky and Percy: presented by Jessica Hooten Wilson & Ralph Wood

Dostoevsky and Percy:

Ralph Wood and Jessica Hooten Wilson explore the connections between the two novelists -- one Southern Catholic, the other Russian Orthodox -- both of whom had penetrating insights on what it meant to live meaningfully amid the disorders of the modern age.

(Actual event time announced closer to event date)

Jun
4
9:00 am09:00

Walker Percy & Catholicism & The South

Walker Percy's moral and philosophical vision was formed by his Roman Catholicism, which he embraced as an adult convert. He went on to become one of America's greatest Catholic literary voices of the 20th century. Jason Berry, the noted New Orleans writer and Catholic journalist, leads a discussion about Percy's faith, his fiction, and the prophetic insight it gave him into the disorders of our time. Patrick Samway, the Jesuit priest and Percy biographer, joins Berry for this panel, as well as Philip Thompson, executive director of Emory University's Aquinas Center for Theology. 

Jun
4
9:00 am09:00

The Moviegoer at 50

Essayists including H. Collin Messer, Michael Kobre and Jessica Hooten Wilson reflect on the prophetic insights of Percy's 1961 National Book Award-winning novel. More than fifty years after its publication, The Moviegoer still confronts, comforts, and enlightens generations of readers. The contributors to Walker Percy's The Moviegoer at Fifty have built on decades of research--through diverse perspectives that draw on philosophy, theology, disability theory, contemporary music and literature, social media, and film studies--to read the novel with fresh understanding and admiration.   These panelists will bring fresh understanding and admiration of the novel. 

 

From Gone With the Wind to “Garden & Gun”: Walker Percy at the Crossroads between the Old South and the New
Jun
6
2:00 pm14:00

From Gone With the Wind to “Garden & Gun”: Walker Percy at the Crossroads between the Old South and the New

  • West Feliciana Court House

Walker Percy was raised in the last age of the aristocratic Old South culture, epitomized by his Uncle Will. He wrote in, and of, the New South -- the emerging South of the middle class, commerce, and suburbia. How and why did the changes come about? And how has the South changed further since Percy’s death 25 years ago?

Peter Augustine Lawler & Patrick Connelly
$10

$10 ticket good for admission to any (or all) panels

Catholics in the Christ-Haunted South
Jun
6
9:00 am09:00

Catholics in the Christ-Haunted South

  • West Feliciana Court House

Roman Catholicism—historically an outsider form of Christianity in the heavily Protestant South—informed the moral vision of Percy and Flannery O’Connor, two of the modern South’s best writers and most observant social critics. What did their Catholicism reveal to them about Southern culture? What did their Southern roots and Christian faith reveal to them about the discontents of contemporary America in an increasingly secular age?

Ralph Wood & Peter Augustine Lawler

 

$10 ticket good for admission to any (or all) panels

Losing It At The Movies
Jun
6
9:00 am09:00

Losing It At The Movies

  • Temple Sinai

The late novelist David Foster Wallace once asked a very Walker Percy-like question: “Why are we – and by 'we' I mean people like you and me: mostly white, upper middle class or upper class, obscenely well educated, doing really interesting jobs, sitting in really expensive chairs, watching the best, you know, watching the most sophisticated electronic equipment money can buy – why do we feel so empty and unhappy?” Panelists will discuss the answers both novelists answered this question, with special focus on each writer’s insights into how modern people evade the question by immersing themselves in film and mass media.

Ari Schulman, Ben Bergholtz, & Robbie Howell

$10 ticket good for admission to any (or all) panels

Art in the Ruins
Jun
5
7:00 pm19:00

Art in the Ruins

  • Afton Villa Gardens

Hailing from the birthplace of Walker Percy, Birmingham, musicians Preston Lovinggood and Joel Scott Davis will be joined by visual artist Jared Ragland in presenting an evening of songs and images inspired by Percy’s life and literature. Original music and covers of familiar classics will be paired with photographs and found images from Ragland’s forthcoming book Everything Is Going To Be All Right for a multimedia pilgrimage in search of meaning, community, and place.

Preston Lovinggood, Joel Scott Davis & Jared Ragland