December 7th Willa Cather's 125th Birthday Celebration Red Cloud, Nebraska.

June 20th - 27th Willa Cather's New York, An International Willa Cather Colloquium, Madison, New Jersey. Presented by Drew University Graduate School in association with WCPM. Cather's years as a New York City resident had a deep impact on the direction of her life and her work.

May 28th - 31st American Literature Association Conference San Diego, CA There were two scholarly panels on Willa Cather---one devoted to examining My Antonia, at 80, and one open to general current approaches to Cather's work.

May 1st and 2nd Annual Willa Cather Spring Conference Red Cloud, NE Themes: My Antonia (Friday) and A Lost Lady (Saturday).


An international Cather seminar was held in summer of 1997, which commemorated the 50 year mark of Cather's death. Ann Romines (George Washington University) and John Jacobs (Shenandoah University in Winchester) were the codirectors; it was held in Winchester, Virginia , and focused on the southern dimensions and ideas of Cather's life and writing.

The 1997 Spring Conference coincided with Cather's death, which occured on April 24. The conference was held the following weekend, April 25-6 in Red Cloud. The book was Death Comes for the Archbishop and the evening included dramatizations from the book. Marilyn Arnold (BYU) and Steve Shively (UNL) were panelists on "The Passing Show." John Murphy gave a formal paper presentation with slides as the opener for the discussion. Sue Rosowski was the moderator.


The 1996 Western American Literature Conference was held jointly with the Western History Association, October 2-5, in Lincoln Nebraska.

October 2-3 The Nebraska Press Women hosted a "Willa Cather Weekend" in Red Cloud.

In the Fall of 1996 there was an observance of Cather's arrival in Pittsburgh at Duquesne University. The dates of the conference were September 6, 7, 8, 1996. Their website devoted to the conference reviews what happened.

The 1996 Spring Conference was held the first weekend in May in Red Cloud, Nebraska, and centered on My Mortal Enemy. The evening entertainment was be a soprano from Opera Omaha singing the famous "Casta Diva" aria from "Norma" that Cather used in the novella. There were papers presented throughout the weekend. There is a newspaper article about the conference.

Stephen Schunk had a Cather Gathering in Wyoming August 16-18, 1996. Examine his descriptive web page for more information about this event.


The Fifth International Cather Seminar was held in Quebec; there is a French press release of the proceedings.