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Summer 2014 – The 2013 issue of the Thomas Wolfe Review is out, featuring “A Motorcar Runs through It: A Triptych Study of Thomas Wolfe’s West,” by former HWSC director Tara Penry, with BSU student researchers Cindy Sikkema (BA, English 2014) and Joe Cavanaugh (BA, English 2013) and student artist James Lloyd (BFA, Illustration 2013. The original poster display was funded by the Hemingway Western Studies Center, and a poster-sized reproduction in the Thomas Wolfe Review was funded by a grant from the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University.

May 2014 – Tara Penry has stepped down as director of the Center. Her successor has not yet been named.

Oct 2013 – Western Writers Online has launched at westwriters.org. The successor to the print Western Writers Series (1972-2006), the web journal and research hub debuted at the Western Literature Association conference in Berkeley, California, October 9. Our Articles section is live now. Future plans for the site include a Resources section, Reprints, and Reviews.

June 2013 – Jamie Lynn Groves (MS, Raptor Biology, expected May 2014) and Michael S. Beaudoin (MA, History, expected May 2014) will receive HWSC research grants this summer to support their respective studies of burrowing owl nesting behavior and northwest cougar management plans. Ms. Groves will present her research at the Raptor Research Foundation Annual Conference in Argentina. Mr. Beaudoin will present his findings at BSU in September 2013. Congratulations to Jamie Lynn Groves, Michael Beaudoin, and their faculty sponsors, Dr. Jim Belthoff and Dr. Lisa Brady.

This is the second year of the HWSC summer research grant for graduate research in western studies. The grant has so far supported six graduate students from three Boise State colleges in conducting research under the direction of a Boise State faculty advisor.

May 28, 2013 – Deadline to apply for Summer 2013 research grants in western studies, open to all BSU graduate students who will return in Fall 2013. Download HWSC Research grant application 2013.

May 24-25, 2013 – BSU undergraduates Joe Cavanaugh (English, May 2014), Cindy Sikkema (English, May 2014), and James Lloyd (Art Illustration, May 2013) shared their research and creative work in a poster exhibit at the Thomas Wolfe Society meeting in Boise, under the direction of faculty advisor Tara Penry. Printing and design costs for the exhibit were supported by the Hemingway Western Studies Center.

May 25, 2013 – HWSC director Tara Penry will give the keynote banquet address on Thomas Wolfe and the West at the annual Thomas Wolfe Society meeting, Grove Hotel, Boise.

May 24, 2013, 7:00 pm at the State Capitol building – Poet Robert Morgan will speak about Thomas Wolfe and the West at the annual Thomas Wolfe Society meeting in Boise. Location: Senate auditorium, lower floor; enter from 8th street door. A public reception will follow the talk, sponsored by HWSC.

Coming in Feb 2013 – Applications for Summer 2013 research grants in western studies, open to all BSU graduate students who will return in Fall 2013.

December 2012 – Western Writers Online is one of three core projects in the nascent BSU Digital Humanities program to receive a $500,000 challenge grant from the NEH. The grant supports the creation of Idaho’s first Digital Humanities program, housed in the Arts and Humanities Institute at BSU. The other core projects included in the grant are Melville’s Marginalia (Prof Steven Olsen-Smith, director) and Stories of Idaho (Prof Leslie Madsen-Brooks, director). The Arts and Humanities Institute must raise an additional $1.5 million to qualify for the $500,000 challenge grant.

Aug 2012 – Kathryn Thorpe, MPA candidate, presented research from her HWSC summer research grant at the Western Energy Policy Research Conference, which met in Boise. Her paper, “Chemical Disclosure Laws and Hydraulic Fracturing,” compared the disclosure laws of US western states relating to the natural gas extraction technology commonly called “fracking.”

Summer 2012 – Four BSU graduate students have received HWSC summer research grants: Carolina Valderrama Echavarria (History), Michelle Gluch (English), Timothy Guill (History), and Kathryn Thorpe (Public Administration).

May 10, 2012, 5 pm – Applications due to Tara Penry for the inaugural Graduate Student Summer Research Grant in Western Studies, open to current BSU graduate students who will return in Fall 2012. Click here – Graduate Summer Research Grant in Western Studies 2012 – for the call for proposals and guidelines.

Mar 15, 2012, 6-7 pm, BSU Student Union, Simplot Ballroom AB – Dr. James Engell (Harvard University), “Henry David Thoreau and Health in Nature” – Free lecture, open to public

Feb 17, 2012, 6-7 pm, BSU Student Union, Simplot Ballroom AB – Dr. Rochelle Johnson (College of Idaho), “On Metaphor and Progress: Nature and Literature in Landscape Painting in 19th-Century America” – Free lecture, open to public

Feb 10, 2012, 10:30-12:30, Yanke Research Park, Dr. Tara Penry, “Bret Harte, Mark Twain, and the Art of Western Storytelling,” OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute Lecture

Spring 2012 – Moving backlist and website of BSU’s Western Writers Series under HWSC management (The WWS was suspended de facto  after 2006. Selected numbers in the series are available from WWS Digital Editions for free download. Watch for our launch of a new research website on western writers, June 2013.)

Oct 11, 2011: Professor Emeritus Joe Flora of the University of North Carolina will speak at Yanke Research Park on a topic to be announced. In 2010, Professor Flora donated personal correspondence with Idaho author Vardis Fisher to Albertsons Library. Dr. Flora has published on Fisher, Wallace Stegner, Ernest Hemingway, and other western writers. The Hemingway Western Studies Center is collaborating with Albertsons Library Special Collections and the OSHER Institute for Lifelong Learning to bring Dr. Flora to Boise to discuss his donation of papers and other topics.

April 2011: Cort Conley’s Idaho Artists ($29.95) profiles more than thirty Gem State artists in a richly illustrated paper volume. For more information, click the Hemingway Western Studies Series link.

2010: Reorganization planning for HWSC begins under Interim Director Tara Penry. Center for the Book selects winners for 2010-11 Booker’s Dozen exhibit; exhibit travels the state in Fall 2010-Spring 2011. No director has been named yet for the Idaho Film Collection; Stephanie Bacon is fielding inquiries and managing the sale of IFC books.

2009: Founding director Tom Trusky dies, ending four decades of service to Boise State University. Confirmation of Stephanie Bacon as Trusky’s successor to direct the Idaho Center for the Book, a Library of Congress affiliate with an emphasis on Idaho book arts.

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