Ezra Pound, Philadelphia Genius, and Modern American Poetry
June 19: Pre-Conference Walking Tour of Penn Campus
Tour Times: 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. If you plan to attend one of these times, please indicate your choice on the registration form. You may also use the map to explore on your own.
Tour Map: Based on a map in the 1905-6 University Catalog, the following image shows key sites at Penn while Pound, Williams, and Doolittle were students there. Click the image to download an enlarged version.
Guided Tours of Local Institutions
Please indicate on the registration form whether you plan to attend the following optional tours.
June 19: Pre-Conference Tour of Marianne Moore Materials at The Rosenbach Museum and Library
Founded in 1954 by the Rosenbach brothers, the Rosenbach Museum and Library houses diverse collections of books, artwork, and decorative artifacts in a historic 1865 townhouse. Its holdings include James Joyce's only complete manuscript of Ulysses and Marianne Moore's living room and bedroom, containing her correspondence with T.S. Eliot, Hilda Doolittle, Ezra Pound, W.C. Williams, and many other modernists, as well as their books. Tours directed by Elizabeth Fuller.
Cost: Free. Times: 3:30 PM and 4:30 PM.
June 21: Visit and Lectures, The Philadelphia Museum of Art
The world-class collections of the PMA comprise over 240 000 objects, including fine and decorative arts as well as rare books and historic artifacts. Its main building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway was completed in 1928, including its iconic front steps. Exhibitions and floor plans may be viewed online.
The June 21 trip includes transport to the museum; illustrated lectures on modern American and European art by senior curators Kathy Foster and Joe Rishel; a visit to the PMA’s acclaimed modern art galleries (including Cézanne, Brancusi, Marcel Duchamp, and the Arensberg Collection); and a reception in the Great Hall (wine and food for purchase) with St. Gaudens’ "Artemis" statue and Sandy Calder’s “Holy Ghost.” Participants will return to Penn via the spotlighted Waterworks and Boathouse Row.
Cost: US $30 per person. Time: 5:00-9:00 PM.
June 22: Trip to Pound Home Sites in Jenkintown and Wyncote, Pennsylvania
Includes a stop at Pound's childhood home, 166 Fernbrook Avenue; a tour of Calvary Presbyterian Church, attended by the Pound family; and a reception in the Church Hall.
Cost: US $30 per person. Time: 2:30-5:30 PM.