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Advance Announcement: 5th Int’l Conference on Charlotte Perkins Gilman to take place in June 2011 at the Univ. of Montana

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The University of Montana has announced that the Fifth International Conference on Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “Gilman Goes West”, will take place June 16 – 19, 2011, at the university’s campus in Missoula.

Conference events will include a keynote address by Gary Scharnhorst, a plenary panel of Gilman scholars on the topic of Gilman and Place, an evening of readings by Montana women writers.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) was a prominent American sociologist, novelist, writer of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction, and a lecturer for social reform.  She was a utopian feminist whose life became an inspiration for later generations of feminists.  For much of her life she made her home in Pasadena, California.

Missoula is a 3 hour drive from Glacier National Park, and a 5 hour drive from Yellowstone National Park, and the organizers of the conference point out that additional possible activities before or after the conference are fly fishing lessons, float trips, and local hiking.

A website will be created soon for the conference.  In the meantime, additional information may be obtained by contacting Sarah Knobel, University of Montana, at


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