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Hemingway Literary Center

The Hemingway Literary Center (HLC) fosters an appreciation for scholarly research and creative activities associated with the literary arts (fiction, poetry, drama, and other textually-oriented media). The HLC brings scholars, artists and authors to Boise State University to give talks and readings, and work one-on-one with students through master classes, panel presentations and classroom visits. The HLC further brings literature and the literary arts to communities in Idaho through readings, performances, and conference presentations. Each fall, the Hemingway Literary Center works with the Community Library in Ketchum, Idaho for the annual Hemingway Festival.

The Center operates thematically. Each year it has a new theme. Below is a list of themes and sponsored artists/speakers:

2017-2018 – “WWI Armistice”
2016-2017  –  “All the World’s a Stage”
Celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
2015-2016 –  “Global Film and Literature.”

2017-2018 Hemingway Literary Center Presents:
Front, Homefront, Aftermath: 100 Years After “the War to End all Wars”
Commemorating World War One and the Legacy of Total War

Mechanization combined with traditional understandings of nation, duty, and warfare made World War One unlike any before in its sweeping destruction and entrenched paralysis. This programming invites us to consider what the war can tell us about contemporary politics and social relations by examining the violent upheavals the war occasioned in technology, media, class, gender relations, and national identity. How can the arts and humanities frame this history without reproducing the romance of war? The soldier Wilfred Owen, on his way back to the front wrote, “Above all I am not concerned with Poetry. My subject is War, and the pity of War. The poetry is in the pity. Yet these elegies are to his generation in no sense consolatory. They may be to the next. All a poet can do today is warn. That is why the true Poets must be truthful.” One-hundred years later, what truths have we learned of the pity of war?


  • Friday, September 1. Lit for Lunch  Adam Hochschild, To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918.
  • Sep. 28-30, Oct. 4-7 at 7:30pm and Oct. 1 and 8 at 2pm. R.C. Sheriff’s Journey’s End, Department of Theatre Arts.
  • Friday, October 6.  Lit for Lunch: Rebecca West, The Return of the Soldier.
  • Friday, October 6. Adam Hochschild to discuss “To End All Wars.” on President Kustra’s Reader’s Corner
  • Tuesday, October 17. Prof. Lynn Lubamersky of BSU, “The Memory of the Great War: Fallen Soldiers  by George Mosse.”
  • Friday, November 3. Lit for Lunch: Virginia Woolf, Jacob’s Room.
  • Friday, November 9 Prof. Vincent Sherry of Washington University, “Bare Death: The Failing Sacrifice of the Great War” – 6PM, SUB Bergquist Room
  • Friday, December 1. Lit for Lunch: Ford Madox Ford, Some Do Not…


  • Wednesday, February 7. Prof. of BSU Scott Yenor, “World War I and the Russian Revolution in Solzhenitsyn’s Red Wheel series.”
  • Friday, January 19. Lit for Lunch: Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms.
  • Friday, February 16. Lit for Lunch: Katherine Anne Porter, Pale Horse, Pale Rider.
  • Friday, March 9. Kate Moore, best-selling author of The Radium Girls 6:30PM, Yanke Room 207
  • Thursday, March 15. Prof. of MIT Christopher Capozzola, “Uncle Sam Wants You: Idaho, the First World War, and the Making of Modern America” – 6PM, Hemingway Gallery
  • Friday, March 16. Lit for Lunch: Joseph Boyden, Three Day Road.
  • Friday, April 2. Lit for Lunch: Kate Moore, The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women.