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2001 Seminar

The 2001 Seminar is now history.
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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 panelists.
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.

Please understand 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).


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