April 19, 2019


The UM Common Reading Experience has events related to William Faulkner, the Collected Stories, and the themes of the common read planned for Fall 2018. Please check back soon for details and the event schedule.

Fall Convocation: 21 August 2018
Tuesday, August 21 at 7:00 p.m. in The Pavillion, Dr. Jay Watson, Howry Professor of Faulkner Studies at the University of Mississippi, will be the guest speaker. Bring your copy of William Faulkner: Collected Stories to be signed after the ceremony.

So Easy Even a Child Can Do It: The Southern Gothic in Faulkner’s “That Evening Sun”: 12 September 2018
Wednesday, September 12, 12:00 p.m. in Archives & Special Collections, 3rd Floor, J.D. Williams Library, Dr. Jay Watson, Howry Professor of Faulkner Studies, will talk about Faulkner’s interesting approach to the Southern Gothic in the short story “That Evening Sun” from the Collected Stories. This is a brown bag event, so feel free to bring a lunch.

University Museum Art Crawl: 25 September 2018
Tuesday, September 25, 6:00 p.m. at the University Museum, by special invitation, experience our three Fall 2018 art installations inside the galleries and beyond. Artworks in the Speakers Gallery are available for purchase through the Friends of the Museum’s annual fundraiser and silent auction. Come celebrate Faulkner’s 121st birthday with a special cake at the event.

Intruder in the Dust Film Screening: 10 October 2018
Wednesday, October 10 2018, 7:00 p.m. in Room 126 of Lamar Hall. Intruder in the Dust is a 1949 crime drama based on Faulkner’s novel by the same name. Filmed partly on location in Oxford, this film closely follows the plot line of the Faulkner novel: telling the story of Lucas Beauchamp, a respectable and rich black man, who is unjustly accused of the murder of a white man.

Brown Bag Lecture with Jack Elliott (Faulkner scholar) and Jill Smith (Union County Museum) : 11 October 2018
Thursday, October 11, 12:00 p.m. in Archives & Special Collections, 3rd Floor, J.D. Williams Library, Jack Elliott will discuss Faulkner research in North Mississippi and Jill Smith will discuss the Union County Museum in New Albany’s special connection to Faulkner. This is a brown bag lecture, so feel free to bring your lunch!

Staged Reading of The Marionettes: 22 October 2018
Monday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Meek Auditorium, Dr. Peter Wood (Theatre Arts) and a cast of UM faculty and students will present a staged reading of Faulkner’s one-act play, The Marionettes.

“Oh, Mr. Faulkner, Do You Write?” John Maxwell One Man Show: 30 October 2018
Tuesday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ford Center, John Maxwell performs this one man show is based on the life of William Faulkner. Included are recollections of Mr. Faulkner’s days in Hollywood writing screenplays for Clark Gable and Howard Harks; stories about his family that are both hilarious and touching; an amusing and highly insightful “Question/Answer” session with an imaginary English class, and much more. The production ends with a wonderful offering of The Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech he delivered at Stockholm. It’s a powerful evening of theatre and literature, entertainment and enlightenment!

Faulkner’s Native American World: Fiction and Reality : 7 November 2018
Wednesday, November 7, 12:00 in Archives & Special Collections, 3rd Floor, J.D. Williams Library, Dr. Annette Trefzer (English) and Dr. Robbie Ethridge (Sociology & Anthropology) will lead a discussion about Faulkner’s frequent return to the Native American origins and histories of his imaginary landscape, Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi. This is a brown bag lecture, so feel free to bring your lunch!