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Interdisciplinary / Multidisciplinary Woolf Registration Options: A Primer

In order to engage as fully as possible with the conference theme, we’ve organized a number of cross-disciplinary evening events.  All are paired with receptions and take place in some of Saskatoon’s landmark venues.

Please keep these events in mind as you register on the next page.

**If you would prefer to register off-line, please contact:

Thursday 7 June

  • 6:30-8:00pm:  Welcoming Reception in the Exeter Room at Marquis Hall, University of Saskatchewan
    • A lovely view of the University’s central green space will be the backdrop for our Welcoming Reception.  David Parkinson, Vice-Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts, will present the welcoming address, surrounded by striking works of art from the University’s collection.
    • Fruit, veggies, cheese and crackers, crostini, and antipasto will be provided. A cash bar will also be available.
  • 8:00-9:30pm:  Performance of Eureka’s Angel of the House at Emrys Jones Theatre, University of Saskatchewan
      • The Department of Drama is our partner in this staging of Angel in the House, a play that explores the pressures facing Vanessa Bell in her relationship with Duncan Grant.
    • Starring Pamela Haig Bartley and Bob Wicks, this Equity production will be directed by Charlie Peters, a Drama student who has already made his mark with productions for the Saskatoon Opera and Bzzt! Trap Door Theatre.
    • Ticket Prices:
      • Adult: $20.00
      • Senior: $16.00
      • Student: $14.00

    **n.b. Angel of the House runs from Tuesday 5 June through Saturday 9 June.  If tickets are sold out for the Thursday show, you can reserve a seat for another night by contacting or by speaking with a volunteer at the conference.

Friday 8 June

  • 7:00-10:00pm: Reception at the Mendel Art Gallery
    • In partnership with the Humanities Research Unit and the Mendel Art Gallery, we will be hosting a reception at Saskatoon’s premier art gallery, which offers a beautiful view of the South Saskatchewan River.  Given the timing of the event—approximately an hour following Brenda Silver’s plenary—we will be providing substantial refreshments as well as a cash bar, in case attendees opt for a later dinner.
    • The main exhibit on display will be Paper Doll, curated by Anne Koval and inspired by the hand-made paper dolls of Sylvia Plath.  As Koval indicates in her catalogue for the exhibition:
      “Paper Doll provides a space for the interplay between the Plath material and the work of seven contemporary artists.  The show includes an early short film by Cindy Sherman, a new immersive installation by Ed Pien, exquisite miniatures by Cybèle Young, large scale steel-cut dresses by Barb Hunt, the colourful embroideries of Anna Torma, an installation of cutouts by Jeannie Thib, and the ephemeral paper doll chains of Lynne Yamamoto.” (13)
  • 8:00-9:00pm:  Louise Halfe Poetry Reading at Mendel Art Gallery
    • In partnership with the MFA in Writing Program at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity, University of Saskatchewan, we are privileged to present Louise Halfe, who will be reading from her poetry and reflecting upon the influence of Virginia Woolf on her feminism.
    • Louise Halfe, or Sky Dancer, was born in Alberta and raised on the Saddle Hill Indian Reserve.  Ms. Halfe has published numerous works, including the award-winning poetry collection Bear Bones & Feathers (1994), the multi-genre Blue Marrow (1998), and The Crooked Good (2007).  Saskatchewan’s Poet Laureate from 2005-2006, Ms. Halfe’s poetry has been widely anthologized.
    • Kristina Fagan, Assistant Dean Aboriginal Affairs, University of Saskatchewan, will speak at this event, and Ms. Halfe will be introduced by Professor Nancy Van Styvendale, Department of English, University of Saskatchewan.
    • The reading is free, but seating is limited, so please do let us know on the registration form if you’d like to attend.

Saturday 9 June

  • 6:00-7:15pm:  IVWS Reception at the Delta Bessborough Hotel
    • Sponsored by the International Virginia Woolf Society, the wine will flow freely at this reception, to be held in the Battleford Ballroom at the historic Bessborough Hotel.  All are welcome.
  • 7:15-11:00pm:  Banquet at the Delta Bessborough Hotel
    • Peter Stoicheff, Dean of the College of Arts and Science and a scholar of modernist poetry and digital humanities, will present an address at the Banquet.
    • The guest speaker will be Len Findlay, Professor of English at the University of Saskatchewan and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.  Dr. Findlay’s research is indivisible from his activism, and as an interdisciplinary scholar of Victorian literature and culture, he brings his rigorous understanding of power structures and inequalities to his academic and social praxis.  We are honoured that he will be participating in the evening’s events.
    • As a celebration of both the Woolf Conference and Saskatoon, we offer the Bessborough’s Meewasin menu, a locally sourced and seasonal buffet, which includes:
      • Mixed Greens served with a Saskatoon Berry Vinaigrette
      • Locally Grown Potato Salad with a Grainy Mustard Dressing
      • Hutterite-Grown Beet Salad
      • Roasted Carrot and Caramelized Onion Salad
      • Chickpea and Local Lentil Salad
      • Broiled Asparagus Platter
      • Seasonal Vegetables
      • Saskatchewan Wild Rice Pilaf
      • Main Dishes:
        • Oven-Baked Saskatchewan Pike with Smoked Tomato and Cilantro Salsa
        • Seared and Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Saskatoon Berry Demi-Glace
      • Dessert Table, featuring Cakes and Tortes inspired by Saskatchewan Flavours
    • Banquet Price:
      • $55.00 (cash bar)
        n.b.:  Bus service between campus and the hotel will run between 6:00 and 7:00pm, and 10:00 and 11:00pm. 


Boxed Lunches

The food court in Place Riel is just minutes away from the registration and conference area, and the student pub, Louis’, will also be open.  While a range of services will be available through the week, options will be limited on the weekend.  For this reason, we offer boxed lunches for both Saturday 9 June and Sunday 10 June at a cost of $8.75 each.

  • The boxed lunches include:
    • your choice of:
      • Turkey BLT Wrap
      • BBQ Roast Beef and Swiss Panini
      • Ham and Cheddar Ciabatta
      • Roasted Red Pepper, Hummus, and Spinach Wrap
    • one piece of fruit
    • veggie sticks
    • two cookies
    • canned juice