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About Hardy at Yale June 2011

Yale exteriour

The next conference of   The Thomas Hardy Associationwill take place from June 09- 12, 2011 at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. HAY II will feature Guest Performer, Douglas Yeo (trombonist, Boston Symphony), who will lecture on the history and cultural significance of the serpent (bass cornett, invented circa 1590), in the context of Hardy’s life and work – the serpent was one if his favourite instruments. Under the generous auspices of the Yale Collection of Instruments Yeo will also perform on their rare military serpent (1).

The Yale Centre for British Art (YCBA) has generously offered its beautiful facility to HAY II conferees for several events, including a presentation by Guest Lecturer, Professor George Levine’s (topic tba), Professor Gillian Forrester’s illustrated talk on Hardy and the graphic arts, Professor Keith Wilson’s unveiling of the latest discoveries of Hardy’s letters (Wilson is currently working with Michael Millgate on the latest volume of the Hardy letters), and Dr. Penny Boumelha’s plenary lecture (topic tba). Other lecturers and seminar leaders include Professor Pamela Dalziel, Professor Judith Mitchell, Dr. Anna Henchman, Professor Richard Nemesvari, Professor Herbert Tucker, Dr. Rosemarie Morgan, Professor Linda Shires, Dr. Jane Thomas, Phillip Mallett  and Dr. Angelique Richardson. See the HAY Programme for fuller details.
The Thomas Hardy Association is keen to make HAY II as interdisciplinary as possible and with this in mind presentations will range from literature to art, science, theatre, music and cybernetics. HAY II will also feature an exhibit of Hardy manuscripts and documents from the Purdy Collection at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. The Thomas Hardy Association extends the warmest of greetings to all-comers, especially Hardy’s favourite “common reader.”

Rosemarie Morgan (President, TTHA)

(1) Limited seating: a ticketed event