Frequently Asked Questions about
The Cooper Conference/Seminar
What is the Cooper Seminar?
The International James Fenimore Cooper and Susan Fenimore Cooper Conference and Seminar is an international conference that brings together scholars from across the country and around the world to share and discuss new ideas about the works and world of James Fenimore Cooper and Susan Fenimore Cooper. Tied to the conference is a senior-level seminar for SUNY, Oneonta students. Students enrolled in the course attend the conference as audience members and receive an immersive introduction to Cooper’s major works and to academic professional life. As audience members, students get an up-close exposure to the give and take of academic exchange and develop an understanding of how intellectual development works. Students also read major works by Cooper and discuss their significance in a seminar led by a visiting Cooper scholar.
How big is the Conference?
Numbers of those attending have varied over the two decades the Seminar has been running. Attendance fluctuates from day to day. In 2011, a high watermark for our conference, twenty nine presenters and over thirty students took part. Our keynote speakers have included scholars Shirley Samuels, Cooper biographer Wayne Franklin, and Cooper Society President Lance Schachterle. Pulitzer Prize winning historian Alan Taylor’s lecture attracted more than three hundred people in 1997.
What is the Registration Cost?
The registration fee of $175 ($145 for graduate students) can be made out to The Cooper Account, OAS, SUNY Oneonta. For the first time this year, our conference will have on-line registration. If you will be paying upon arrival, please let us know if you will attend the Welcoming Banquet on Sunday, May 31.
Online Registration Form | Mail-in Registration Form (Downloadable PDF)
What Does Registration Cover?
We will provide a continental breakfast each morning and snacks each afternoon that the conference is in session (Mon.-Fri.). There will be at least two lunches provided—a box lunch during a day trip to nearby Cooperstown & a keynote banquet. Your registration covers the trip and admittances to two museums. We also hope to have evening entertainment, including films, on campus during the conference.
Where can I stay?
Many stay in dormitory rooms in Wilber Hall, a short walk from the Morris Conference Center. Dormitory rates this year are $48/night for a single, $24/night for a double, tax included. There is also a $10 charge for linen. Information can be obtained from Mary Moubray at (607) 436-2079. Rooms are not air-conditioned though fans are available. (Weather here is usually very pleasant in June but can be quite warm.) Rooms do not contain baths, which are located on the corridor. A list of nearby motels can be found in your Cooper package and on the website.
ACCOMMODATIONS - (on campus) (off campus)
Do I need a car?
Not necessarily. Distances on campus are short. Participants have always assisted each other in the past. College vans are available for trips.
The city of Oneonta can be reached from Albany or Binghamton by bus. If you are traveling from a great distance and arriving at either city, let us know and we will try to make some sort of arrangement for you.
Oneonta is located about mid-way between Albany and Binghamton on I-88 and is easily accessible by car. The closest airport is Albany International Airport. Unfortunately, there are no airport shuttles to bring you to Oneonta. Car rental is available at the airport. If you need to arrange to be picked up at the airport, please contact the conference organizers.
As we mention above, a continental breakfast is served outside the Alden Room in Milne Library each morning and complimentary refreshments are available in the afternoon. There is an opening dinner on Sunday, May 31 for conference presenters and guests, and two lunches will be provided (one of which is the keynote luncheon banquet). Other dinners and lunches are available on campus or at a number of restaurants in or around Oneonta.
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