The International Rebecca West Society held its biennial conference at Baruch College on Sept. 16-17, 2011, sponsored by the Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions.

Scholars and students of West, one of the 20th century's great writers, presented talks and discussed her major works, including her classic novel about World War I, The Return of the Soldier (1918), and her masterpiece of journalism, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (1941), an exploration of Yugoslavia and its place in a world on the eve of World War II.





Bernard Schweizer, President, and Ann Norton, Vice-President, with keynote speaker Professor Lene Hansen

The program included a student panel drawn from Prof. Carl Rollyson's course, JRN 4730, Journalism and the Literary Imagination – the first time that undergraduate students were invited to participate in this scholarly meeting. Their talks inspired considerable discussion and compliments. Several students are working on projects based on their experiences at the conference.

The conference concluded in the Baruch Performing Arts Center with a performance of That Woman: Rebecca West Remembers, a play written by Professor Rollyson, the actress Anne Bobby, and West's great-niece Helen Macleod. The play, performed by Bobby, is based on Rebecca West: A Saga of the Century, a biography that Professor Rollyson published in 1996.

More photos from the conference (Photos by Glenda Hydler):

Actress Anne Bobby as Rebecca West delivering her verdict on men: "Handy when one wants to move the piano, but really there ought to be a third sex."








Debra Rae Cohen, Phyllis Lassner, and Susan Hertog (left to right) discuss West's politics and feminism.




Students from Prof. Rollyson's class, Journalism 4730,
discuss West's masterpiece, Black Lamb and Grey







Jeffrey M. Peck, dean of Baruch's Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, welcomes conference attendees.

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