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An International Conference 

Thursday, April 2-Saturday, April 4, 2009
at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.

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To celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns (1759-1796), the University of South Carolina is hosting “Robert Burns at 250: Contemporaries, Contexts & Cultural Forms,” a multi-disciplinary international conference to be held Thursday, April 2-Saturday, April 4, 2009.  This will be the only major university-based event in the U.S. for the Burns 250th Anniversary.  The conference aims to bring together Burnsians and Burns scholars of different generations, from North America, Scotland, and elsewhere, to provide fresh perspectives on Burns’s work and that of his contemporaries, and fresh appreciation of his achievement and influence.  

Preliminary Program Information: Most events will be held in the University’s Thomas Cooper Library, home to the G. Ross Roy Collection of Robert Burns & Scottish Poetry, one of the world’s leading Burns collections.  The library recently received a significant additional group of Burns and Burns-related manuscripts from Dr. & Mrs. Roy, which will be on public display during the conference.  Conference events will include:
an opening conference keynote lecture, by Prof. Edward J. Cowan (University of Glasgow; the W. Ormiston Roy Memorial Lecture);
the exhibition opening, with remarks by Dr. Roy and an opening reception hosted by the Thomas Cooper Society, on Thursday afternoon;

publication of the first full catalogue of Burns materials in the Roy Collection, compiled by Elizabeth Sudduth, with over 80 illustrations (University of South Carolina Press);
a full program on Friday and Saturday morning of speakers and panels on Burns topics, including talks by Prof. R. D. S. Jack (University of Edinburgh), Dr. Kenneth G. Simpson (University of Glasgow), Prof. Carol McGuirk (Florida Atlantic University), and others;
● special panels on Burns manuscripts and rare materials in the Roy Collection, and on collecting Burns;
● a pre-concert reception for registered conference participants early Friday evening;
a Burns concert on Friday evening with legendary Burns singer Jean Redpath, and a question-and-answer session on Saturday morning with Jean Redpath about her experience performing and interpreting Burns's songs (preregistered conference participants will receive tickets with their registration packet); 
a public program on Burns on Saturday afternoon at the South Carolina State Museum, with Prof. Jack, Edward Morgan, Bill Dawson and others, in connection with the SC Tartan Day celebration.  
a concluding conference dinner on Saturday evening, with the Immortal Memory proposed by the President of the Robert Burns World Federation, Bill Dawson. 


conference registration: this includes reserved tickets for the Jean Redpath concert on Friday and the Burns Dinner on Saturday evening, an invitation to the special preconcert reception on Friday, and admission to Tartan Day, as well as all conference events and materials; this form also has an additional check-off for participants who want to book lunch at the State Museum on Saturday;
● concert & dinner tickets only: for those in the community who do not want to attend the full conference, but want to come to the Jean Redpath Concert and/or the Burns Dinner, we have added a separate booking form. 

Note that registration forms, or bookings for the concert and dinner, should be received by March 23; see forms for further information. 

Location, Hotel: The conference is on the University of South Carolina's flagship campus, in Columbia, the state capital.  Columbia is at the intersection of I-20, I-77, and I-26, and Columbia Metropolitan Airport has direct flights from many major cities, as well as connections through Charlotte and Atlanta.  A block of rooms has been reserved at the recently-renovated Courtyard by Marriott, 630 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201, close by the library.  To get the conference rate, book before March 13, 2009, and say you are attending the Robert Burns Conference (www.marriott.com/caecd  or call: 1-803-799-7800; be sure to specify the Courtyard Downtown, as other Marriott hotels are at a distance).  Other nearby hotels include the Inn at USC (Pendleton St and Pickens), Claussen's Inn (Greene St near Five Points), and the Clarion Town House (Gervais St at Pickens).   For more information on these alternative hotels, click here.

Contact information: Patrick Scott, Rare Books, Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208, USA.
Tel: (US) 803-777-1275.
Fax: (US) 803-777-4661 (marked Attn Dr. Scott)
Email: scottp@mailbox.sc.edu 




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