The 30th Annual Williamson Lectureship was held March 2, 2006 on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University. This annual lectureship honors distinguished Emeritus Professor of English Dr. Jack Williamson, science fiction author and scholar. A campus tradition since 1977, the Williamson Lectureship annually invites well known authors to visit campus and discuss the interactions of science and the humanities. This year's theme was "Ecological Apocalypse" with guest speaker Kim Stanley Robinson.http://www.enmu.edu/academics/excellence/williamson/lectureship/index.shtml
The home page for the event is here:
And there are several photos of the event at the link below. Scroll down about half the page.
Nancy Mote and the bookselling team from the ENMU bookstore lay out an impressive array of books by Dr. Williamson, Lectureship guest Kim Stanley Robinson and other attending professional writers including Frederik Pohl, Dr. Christopher Stasheff & Connie Willis. Books were made available for sale prior to and after the Lectureship Luncheon.
Three new items available for sale at this year's Lectureship are The Crucible of Power, The Collected Stories of Jack Williamson, Volume Five from Haffner Press; a new chapbook from Cacahuete Press, "Nonstop to Portales" by Connie Willis; and a limited run of 24 iron busts of Dr. Williamson cast from the sculptor's study model. More pics of the Willliamson sculpture are featured below.
While it was doubtful Dr. Williamson's health would permit him to actively participate in this year's Lectureship, we didn't know if he would be attending the afternoon luncheon until he appeared in the auditorium to a lengthy round of applause.
(seated) Frederik Pohl and Dr. Jack Williamson
(standing l to r) Ed Bryant, Connie Willis (Mistress of Ceremonies), Betty Anne Hull (wife of Fred Pohl), Walter Jon Williams, Melinda Snodgrass, Suzy McKee Charnas, Kim Stanley Robinson, Richard A. Hauptmann (Cacahuete Press & Dr. Williamson's bibliographer), Eleanor Wood (Dr. Williamson's literary agent from Spectrum Literary Agency), Dr. Christopher Stasheff, Terry England, Charles N. Brown (Locus Magazine), Scott Edelman (SciFi.com) and Stephen Haffner (Haffner Press)
Fred Pohl and Stan Robinson look on as Stephen Haffner shows Dr. Williamson a copy of the just-released The Crucible of Power
. . . and gets a standing ovation
Following the luncheon, guests & authors signed books and posed for group pictures before Dr. Williamson retired for the afternoon
Afterward, many guests & attendees paid a visit ENMU Golden Library's Special Collections department that houses a wealth of material on regional history as well as the Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library. The collection now includes 13,000 volumes of science fiction works, both fiction and non-fiction. It includes books, SF pulps dating back to the early 1900's, manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and many other items. Many of these were donated from Williamson's personal collection.
More information can be found following this link:
Also on display in the lobby of the Golden Library is ENMU's first Science Fiction/Fantasy art show through March. Paintings, drawings, photographs, collages, and other 2D work or small sculptural pieces with a science fiction or fantasy theme are being exhibited. The works above are the original paintings for "The Mental Man," Amazing Stories 1988 by Robert Pasternak and ". . . And Searching Mind," Astounding Science Fiction 1948 by Hubert Rogers.
Connie Willis moderates (again!) the evening panel on "Ecological Apocalypse." The discussions lasted for just over an hour and ranged widely from alternative fuels and modifying life-styles to the state of the literary genre and what possibilities science fiction writers may tackle in the current market.
Friday morning a caravan of eight vehicles made a pilgrimage to the Williamson Ranch approximately 35 miles south of Portales.
This is interesting. Past Lectureship attendees that have been out to the Williamson Ranch are taken past an abandoned structure on the way out to the property proper. This building was rented by Jack Williamson's parents for a time. However the building in the above photo, which has been refinished in metal sheeting and used as a saddle room, is the original structure discussed in Williamson's autobiography, Wonder's Child: My Life in Science Fiction. Although boarded-up, the wall on the right side of the building has window to which a covered wagon was drawn-up against and served as a bedroom for Jack and his siblings.
See you next year!