Department of English

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 $150 ($110 for graduate students).

Online Registration Form | Mail-in Registration Form (Downloadable PDF)

What does registration cover?
We will provide morning and afternoon coffee break snacks each day that the conference is in session (Thurs.-Fri.) & the keynote dinner banquet. Your registration also covers admittances to the Fenimore Art Museum and the Farmer's Museum in Cooperstown.

How can I get internet access on campus?

You can get internet acces on campus by registering with IT using the following link;

Where can I stay?


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.


In addition to coffee break snacks, dinner will be provided prior to the keynote address Thursday evening. Lunches and dinners are available on campus or at a number of restaurants in or around Oneonta.

Where can I get information from a human being?

Roger Hecht Ruth Carr
607-436-3033 607-436-3446


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