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U of M Will Welcome Scholars for Sartre Conference Nov. 19-21 University News
For release: November 16, 2009

For press information, contact Jonathan Judaken, 901-488-7475

Sartre CharacterThe University of Memphis will welcome scholars from across the world for the North American Sartre Society Conference Nov. 19-21. The conference marks the society’s 25th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the publication of Sartre’s Critique de la raison dialectique (Critique of Dialectical Reason). All events are free and open to the public.

The opening event will be a staging of Sartre’s play No Exit at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. No Exit is the French philosopher’s great existentialist play, first performed at the Vieux-Colombier Theater in Paris in 1944, depicting three anti-heroes locked in Hell.

Conference panel discussions will be held Nov. 20 from 9 a.m. to 5:25 p.m. and Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Panhellenic Building on the U of M campus. It will conclude with two lectures at the National Civil Rights Museum Nov. 21 beginning at 5:15 p.m. Annie Cohen-Solal, a biographer and scholar of Sartre, will discuss “Sartre’s Representation of the United States Considered in Light of the Obama Era,” and post-colonial theorist and scholar Robert JC Young will lecture on “Sartre, Post-colonialism and the Human.”

The conference is sponsored by the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities in conjunction with the North American Sartre Society, the Brooks Museum, the National Civil Rights Museum, and the U of M departments of Philosophy and French.

For more information, call Jonathan Judaken at 901-488-7475 or visit

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