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Moved by Wonder: A Celebration of Flannery O’Connor’s Life and Work

Flannery O’Connor

On Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14, John Cabot University and the Department of English Language and Literature will host “Moved by Wonder” a symposium celebrating the life and work of Flannery O’Connor. Fifty years after her premature death, O’Connor continues to be internationally recognized as a master of the short story and one of the finest voices in American letters. Her vast influence is still keenly felt and reverberates throughout the arts.

The symposium will feature a keynote address by O’Connor’s biographer Dr. William Sessions, Regents' Professor Emeritus at Georgia State University. There will also be an exclusive preview of Dr. Mark Bosco’s documentary Flannery O'Connor: Mystery and Manners, highlighting interviews with Alice Walker, Tobias Wolff, Tommy Lee Jones, and Michael Fitzgerald.

There will also be a discussion of O’Connor’s influence in Italy by a distinguished panel of writers and poets including M.P. Gallagher, Davide Rondoni, and Alessandro Zaccuri.  The English Theatre of Rome will present a reading of ‘Parker’s Back’ the Flannery O'Connor short story from which the symposium takes its name, and an art exhibit entitled "Misfit," featuring the work of international, and local artists. The exhibition takes its name from O’Connor’s short story ‘A Good Man is Hard to Find’.

The event will also include an awards ceremony for JCU's O’Connor-inspired fiction writing contest, "Moved by Wonder."

View the complete schedule of events.

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