The 2001 Seminar is now history.
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Order Cassettes of the Panel Discussions.
ENJOY four days of panel discussions, talks, readings, exhibits,
book signings, writers' workshops, glorious tropical weather and fabled Key West
parties in America's best loved island paradise.
Our year 2001 Seminar, Science & Literature: Narratives of Discovery,
will explore the important role of literature in the
scientific revolutions that abound in today's world. Our understanding
of the physical world and of ourselves is being profoundly altered by
an avalanche of scientific discoveries and breakthroughs. Indeed, our understanding of what it means to be human, and of our relationship to
the planet and its non-human inhabitants has been radically transformed.
This intellectual upheaval has created a
powerful need for writers of clarity, imagination, and
vision to explicate these developments and to bring us to a deeper
and more meaningful
understanding of ourselves and all our relations. Traditionally, there have been two intellectual
worlds: science on one side, art and literature on the other — C.P.Snow's "two cultures."
There has never been a time when
understanding and communication between the two worlds has been more
important. The 2001 Seminar intends to bridge the gap: we will
celebrate this new and crucially important area of literature, in the
spirit of wonder and awe, in the belief that literature can reawaken us
to new views of everyday life.
2001 Seminar Participants
This year we have been able to assemble an incredible array of talent,
including three Nobel Prize Winners. Just added to the list of
confirmed panelists is Carl Djerassi, the first to synthesize a steroid
oral contraceptive (the birth control pill) and a writer of
"science-in-fiction." He will join Roald Hoffmann in a discussion of
their play, "Oxygen."
We always welcome ideas or suggestions for future Seminar topics or
PLEASE NOTE for the past few years the Key West Literary Seminar
has sold out very early (February/March of the year preceding the
Seminar), and this year is no exception. We are now sold out,
but we're taking names for a waiting list for the 2001 Seminar.
that the Seminar deliberately limits size to retain intimacy and
maximize contact between the panelists and participants. Early
registration is strongly encouraged, as registration is strictly
on a first-come, first-served basis.
We are now accepting $100 per
person deposits for the 2002 Seminar, Spirit of Place: American Literary
Landscapes (fully refundable until June, 2001).