2016 James Tiptree, Jr. Symposium: A Celebration of Ursula K. Le Guin

Symposium on feminist SF to highlight Oregon's own Grand Master

Ursula K. Le Guin standing next to library card catalog
Ursula K. Le Guin at Knight Library, December 2015

Welcoming scholars, luminaries, and fans of speculative fiction to Eugene, the University of Oregon will host a two-day symposium dedicated to the life and work of Ursula K. Le Guin on December 2-3, 2016. Co-sponsors include the UO Libraries and Oregon Humanities Center.

View the full schedule of events and speakers. The Tiptree Symposium will be held in Straub Hall on the University of Oregon campus. (View an interactive campus map.)

The Phoenix Inn Suites near campus (850 Franklin Blvd) has graciously offered to provide a special rate for a limited block of rooms for those attending the Tiptree Symposium: $89 + taxes for a king bed; $99 + taxes for a double queen. Call  (541) 344-0001 to book your room soon. 

We are very pleased to learn that Ursula Le Guin, honoree of this year’s Tiptree Symposium, is planning to attend the events on Friday, December 2. However, due to recent health issues causing limited mobility and stamina, she will not be able to sign books. Thank you for your understanding.

Ursula K. Le Guin (1929- ) is a remarkable poet, essayist, critic, translator, and storyteller. In all these forms, she never ceases to challenge our expectations about “words, women, places,” as the subtitle to her essay collection Dancing at the Edge of the World puts it. Her many awards testify to her literary skill and deep humanity, and her work has inspired a generation of writers by showing how the unreal can comment on (and incorporate) the real, and how the future can serve as a powerful metaphor for the present. Her writing combines perspectives from anthropology, feminism, science, history, utopian thought, and Taoist philosophy, all wrapped up in convincing and compelling narratives of exploration and self-discovery.

In a rare honor for a living author, the Library of America has recently inaugurated an edition of Le Guin's works, collecting The Complete Orsinia in one volume.

The University of Oregon Libraries is honored to hold Le Guin's papers in our special collections. Accompanying the symposium, an exhibit of photographs and collection materials from the Ursula K. Le Guin Papers will be on display in Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Oregon Knight Library.

Questions? Contact Linda Long, Manuscripts Librarian at 541-346-1906, llong@uoregon.edu

Curious about the previous Tiptree Symposium? Read more.

This event is free and open to the public. Accommodations for people with disabilities will be provided if requested in advance by calling 541-346-3056, or email libadmin@uoregon.edu.