Crossing Borders, The Immigrant Voice in American Literature
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2004 Seminar Schedule
January 8 - 11, 2004
Wednesday     Thursday     Friday     Saturday     Sunday

Featuring: Elmaz Abinader, Clark Blaise, Robert Olen Butler, Lan Cao, Sandra Cisneros, Andrei Codrescu
Junot Diaz, Morris Dickstein, Cristina Garcia, Francisco Goldman, Patricia Hampl, Aleksandar Hemon
Eva Hoffman, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, Katherine Lanpher, David Wong Louie
Bharati Mukherjee, Elizabeth Nuñez, Amy Tan

Please Note: Schedule and participants are subject to change.
All events take place at the San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street, Key West, or within walking distance, as noted.
   Wednesday, January 7, 2004    Free and Open to the Public
 7:30 p.m. Elmaz Abinader with Tony Khalife: A Performance
“Under the Ramadan Moon”
VFW Hall, 803 Emma Street, Bahama Village, Key West
Live music - free refreshments
   Thursday, January 8, 2004    Welcome
 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Registration, San Carlos Institute
 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Wine and Cheese Reception at Lucky Street Gallery, 1120 White Street, featuring a special exhibit of Key West artists entitled “Crossing Borders.” The exhibit will run throughout the Seminar. Lucky Street Gallery is a 30 minute walk from the San Carlos Institute, or a five minute taxi ride. Transportation is not provided. The gallery is open daily from 11 – 5.
 7:45 p.m. INTRODUCTORY REMARKS by the President of the Key West Literary Seminar
 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.  The John Hersey Memorial Address - Delivered by Bharati Mukherjee
"The Outsider as Smuggler"
 9:15 – 11:00 p.m. Gala Reception
   Friday, January 9, 2004    The Immigrant Voice: From There to Here
 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Coffee, Tea, Pastries
 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.  Robert Olen Butler
“The Artist as Universal Immigrant”
10:15 – 10:45 a.m.  Clark Blaise
“The Outsider’s View of America”
 Identity, Alienation, Amalgamation
10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 - 12:15 p.m. What do immigrant writers know about America and the world that non-immigrants don’t?
Andrei Codrescu, Junot Diaz, Cristina Garcia, Francisco Goldman
Moderated by Patricia Hampl
12:15 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch
 2:00 – 2:30 p.m.  Jeanne Watasuki Houston
“Picture Brides and Other Family Voices”
 Giving voice to those who can’t speak for themselves
 The Japanese-American experience in literature
 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Giving Voice in a New Language
Two conversations guided by Katherine Lanpher
 2:30 - 3:10 p.m. Alexandar Hemon and Lan Cao
 3:10 - 3:20 p.m. Break
 3:20 – 4:00 p.m. Eva Hoffman and Elizabeth Nuñez
How do you translate yourself, your story, into a new language?
 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Champagne Reception at the Audubon House and Tropical Gardens
205 Whitehead Street.
The reception will be held in the John Malcolm Brinnin Commemorative Butterfly Garden.
Champagne has been donated by The Mitchell Wolfson Family Foundation.
 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Elmaz Abinader with Tony Khalife: A Performance
“Under the Ramadan Moon”
   Saturday, January 10, 2004    Finding Common Ground
 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Coffee, Tea, Pastries
 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.  Sandra Cisneros
 Sustaining myths and stories of my people
10:15 – 10:45 a.m.  Elmaz Abinader and David Wong Louie
“Constructed Borders”
 Guided by Morris Dickstein
10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 – 12:15 p.m. The Impact of Culture: New Creativities in Literature and Life
Clark Blaise, Jeanne Houston, Bharati Mukherjee, Elizabeth Nunez
12:15 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch
 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Three Conversations guided by Katherine Lanpher
What stories must you tell?
 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. The Vietnamese Voice in American Literature
Lan Cao and Robert Olen Butler
 2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Break
 3:00 – 3:45 p.m. The Latino/Hispanic Voice in American Literature
Junot Diaz, Cristina Garcia, and Francisco Goldman
 3:45 – 4:30 p.m. The East-European Voice in American Literature
Alexandar Hemon, Eva Hoffman and Andre Codrescu
 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. Reception and exhibit, Kent Gallery, 821 Duval Street
 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. John Malcolm Brinnin Memorial Address - Delivered by Amy Tan
"Required Reading and Other Dangerous Subjects"
 9:30 - 11:00 p.m. Champagne Reception in honor of Amy Tan
   Sunday, January 11, 2004    The Borders of Our Lives
 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Coffee, Tea, Pastries
 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Andrei Codrescu
Borders: Real and Imaginary
Just when the world became a global village at the end of the Age borders sprung back from the paranoia of old paradigm bureaucrats. What do they mean now? Codrescu speculates.
10:15 – 10:45 a.m.  Francisco Goldman
 Jose Marti’s (arguably the most important Latino border crosser of all time)
 Vision of Our America
“There is something of the ship in every house in a foreign land”          --Jose Marti
10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 – 12:15 p.m. The Mythology of the American Dream
Contending with Psychic and Cultural Dislocation
Junot Diaz, Eva Hoffman, David Wong Louie, Elizabeth Nuñez
Moderated by Morris Dickstein
Please note. Through the generous support of Key West Literary Seminar benefactors, Sunday’s afternoon activities are free and open to the public. Seating is available to all, on a first-come, first-served basis. Being a registrant to the Seminar does NOT guarantee space for the following events.
12:15 – 2:00 p.m. Conch Chowder at the Key West Library’s Palm Garden
Sponsored by Friends of the Library and the Key West Literary Seminar
2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Dreaming of Cuba
Cristina Garcia
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.  Crossing Borders
 Elmaz Abinader, Robert Olen Butler, Sandra Cisneros, Bharati Mukherjee, Amy Tan
 Moderated by Patricia Hampl
“American literature, especially in the twentieth century, and notably in the last twenty years,
 has been shaped by its encounter with the immigrant”           --Toni Morrison
7:00 p.m. Writers' Workshops Orientation Dinner
Top of La Concha
Crowne Plaza Holiday Inn
430 Duval Street.
8:00 - 9:30 p.m. In This World
A film directed by Michael Winterbottom
Presented by the Key West Film Society
The San Carlos Center, 516 Duval Street

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