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Didion to give keynote address, April 1

Author Joan Didion will deliver the keynote address at a conference on "Women, Art and Politics in the 20th Century" Friday and Saturday, April 1-2, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

The conference, organized by the Program in the Study of Women and Gender, will explore the responses of women novelists, playwrights, poets, political theorists, sculptors and photojournalists to the cataclysmic events the last century. It will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Didion, who has produced several novels and books of nonfiction, will speak at 5 p.m. Friday on "Writing Politics." The conference will close on Saturday with a 5 p.m. poetry reading by Eavan Boland.

Topics to be discussed during the sessions include responses to the two world wars; totalitarianism in Europe; the Depression, McCarthyism and race in the United States; and the role of women and gender in the representation of political life. Papers will address the work of Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein, Hannah Arendt, Simone de Beauvoir, Barbara Hepworth, Lee Miller, Elizabeth Bowen and H.D., among others.

Co-sponsors of the conference are the Fund for Irish Studies and the Department of English. More information is available online.

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