University of Oregon

2015 James Tiptree, Jr. Symposium

December 4-5, Lillis Business Complex, Rm. 182

Free and open to the public.

James Tiptree, Jr. Symposium
James Tiptree, Jr. Symposium

Welcoming luminaries of the science fiction field to Eugene, the University of Oregon will host a two-day symposium dedicated to the life and work of pioneering author James Tiptree, Jr. on December 4-5, 2015.

Featuring a guest panel of writers who corresponded with Tiptree—including Ursula K. Le Guin, Suzy McKee Charnas, and David Gerrold—the two-day symposium is free and open to the public, but RSVP is requested.

James Tiptree, Jr. was the pen name of Alice Bradley Sheldon (1915–1987), acclaimed author of groundbreaking, feminist science fiction. Her work explored themes of gender, self-image, alienation, and sexuality that were largely unprecedented in the science fiction genre—or any other. The winner of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards, Sheldon/Tiptree was a 2012 inductee of The Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame. In 1991 the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, honoring science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender, was created in her honor.

The symposium will celebrate Jeff Smith's gift of the James Tiptree, Jr. literary papers to the UO Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA). This acquisition further enriches the UO Libraries’ already significant holdings of feminist science fiction manuscript collections.

Accompanying the symposium, an exhibit of photographs and collection materials from the Tiptree Papers currently are on display in Knight Library on the UO Campus.

View the full schedule of symposium events.​

Symposium Highlights

(All events will be held in Lillis Auditorium/Lillis Business Complex Rm. 182)

  • Friday, Dec. 4, 2:30 p.m.: Keynote talk by Julie Phillips, author of James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice Sheldon (St. Martins, 2006), winner of the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biograph
  • Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.: Panel discussion on science fiction publishing with Jacob Weisman (Tachyon press), Timmi Duchamp (Aqueduct Press), and Gordon Van Gelder (Fantasy and Science Fiction magazine)
  • Saturday, Dec. 5, 11 a.m.: Panel discussion and rememberances of Tiptree by fellow authors Ursula K. Le Guin, Suzy McKee Charnas, and David Gerrold

Questions? Contact Linda Long, Manuscripts Librarian at 541-346-1906,


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