Hemingway Symposium October 20-22 @ The Community Library — Reception, films, papers, tours and more!

The Hemingway Symposium:  Hemingway and Women

October 20-22 2011

Events are hosted at the Community Library unless otherwise indicated.

All events are FREE and open to the public.

Speakers and Schedule

Hemingway and Women

“Many critics…have accused Ernest Hemingway of being antagonistic toward women and knowing nothing whatsoever about them. His fictional heroines…seldom spring from the page as flesh-and-blood characters. And yet his personal world was alive with bold, resourceful, imaginative women whom he admired and often married. They cared deeply for him and in most instances dedicated their considerable energies to creating the kind of environment he demanded.”

Bernice Kert, Hemingway and Women


Frederic Hunter – Playwright, The Hemingway Play

Clay Morgan – Novelist, essayist and MC of the Symposium

Brady Udall – Bestselling Author who loves Hemingway

Clyde Moneyhun, PhD – Writing Professor, Boise State University

Stacey Guill, PhD – Hemingway Scholar

Jacky O’Connor, PhD – Professor of English, Boise State University

Allie Baker – Independent Scholar and Blogger, The Hemingway Project

Mitch Wieland – Professor of English, Boise State University





Hemingway and Women Exhibit

There will be an exhibit by Wingtip Press of commemorative prints by 12 Idaho artists at the Library from Friday 7 October to Friday 11 November. Artist include: Stephanie K. Bacon, Katarzyna Cepek, Maria Carmen Gambliel, Charles Gill, Deb Jones Tensen, Odessa Leedy, William D. Lewis, Judith A.R. Lombardi, Amy Nack, Cassandra Schiffler, le Schrock, and Dan Scott.


Hemingway’s Paris Exhibit

As a part of the Ernest Hemingway Symposium, don’t miss Sue Dumke’s “Hemingway in Paris” exhibit at Gilman Contemporary (661 Sun Valley Road). This collection of images is inspired by the brasseries, bars, cafes, and bookshops that Hemingway frequented.


Thursday, October 20th, 2011

2:15 – Screening of the film For Whom the Bell Tolls (166 minutes). Based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway, this film tells the story about a young American in the International Brigades attached to a republican guerrilla unit during the Spanish Civil War. Hemingway biographer Jeffrey Meyers writes the novel is regarded as one of Hemingway’s best works.


Ernest Hemingway Symposium Reception

5:00 – All participants of the 2011 Ernest Hemingway Symposium are welcomed by Clay Morgan and Lauren Zondag. Enjoy finger food and wine, and the Wingtip Press exhibition of “Hemingway and Women.” This exhibit features commemorative prints by 12 Idaho artists.


6:00 – Frederic Hunter will discuss his process in writing The Hemingway Play, sponsored by BSU. As in Hemingway’s work, Fredrick Hunter’s female characters in the play are little more than archetypes: the aging Madonna, the whore, the caretaker.


Screening of The Hemingway Play

7:00 – Following Frederic Hunter’s talk, there will be a film screening of The Hemingway Play film explore Hemingway’s relationships with women at four different points in his life.

“Mr. Hunter gives us four Hemingways, each representing the Great Man at different stages of his life: the young, idealistic Wemedge a war correspondent still limping from a battle wound; the 30-ish Hem, on the edge of fame, divorce, and perpetual bravado; the middle-aged Ernest, the Nobel Prize winner and drunk, deserted by most of his friends, and the elderly Papa, bitter, paranoid, and obsessed with death. They confront one another in a Spanish restaurant, a hangout for bullfighters that still offers the best views of Madrid.”

The New York Times


Friday, October 21st, 2011

8:00–10:30 – Screening of the 1957 film version ofA Farewell to Arms (152 minutes), based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Ernest Hemingway concerning events during the Italian campaigns during the First World War. Coffee and pastries will be provided.


Hemingway With(out) Women

11:00–11:45 – A conversation with Brady Udall, Allie Baker, and Clay Morgan, moderated by Clyde Moneyhun.


Screening of The Spanish Earth

1:15–3:00 – Screening of The Spanish Earth (108 minutes), a propaganda film made during the Spanish Civil War in favor of the democratically elected Republicans. This film was co-written and narrated by Ernest Hemingway.


Hemingway Haunts Tour

3:00 – conducted by long-time Ketchum local Jim Jaquet. Seating is limited. Please sign up at the Symposium. Bus departs promptly from the front of the Library (on Spruce Street).


Pilar and Maria:

Hemingway’s Feminist Homage to the ‘New Woman’ of Spain in For Whom the Bell Tolls

4:30 – Stacy Guill, PhD in Literature and Criticism will draw elements of The Spanish Earth which provides an excellent “microcosm” of both the internal and external issues of the war. And at the same time, she will provide an argument against the popular assumption that Hemingway did not create strong and/or well developed women characters.


Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Silver Creek Preserve Nature Walk

10:00 – There will be an informal nature/bird walk at the Nature Conservancy’s Silver Creek Preserve on Saturday morning October 22nd. Please sign up at the Symposium if you would like to walk with the group. Carpooling is encouraged. Meet at the LDS parking lot (across the road from the Library).


West of Paris: conversations about Ernest Hemingway

10:00 – Allie Baker will share her research about the first of Ernest Hemingway’s wives using audio clips from the interviews of Hadley Richardson Hemingway Mowrers by Alice Hunt Sokolov. Coffee and Pastries will be served.


Discussion of Hemingway’s Films

11:00 – Dr. Jacky O’Connor will lead a discussion of the feature films that were screened during the Symposium: For Whom the Bell Tolls, and the 1957 version of A Farewell To Arms.


Start thinking about Ernest Hemingway Symposium 2012: Hemingway’s Politics.


Times and venues are subject to change. Please check for updates.

All hosted events will take place at the Community Library Lecture Room, 415 Spruce Ave, Ketchum, Idaho, and are free of charge. Parking is available in the public parking lot next to the LDS Church across Spruce Avenue from the Library. Look for signs.  We hope you can attend!



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  1. can you please tell me what is the source of the image of Hemingway writing in a journal pictured above please?

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