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Reads: Contemporary Spanish Theater Stages of Utopia, Dystopia, & Myopia

Stages of Utopia, Dystopia, and Myopia

October 10-12, 2018 • New Harmony, Indiana

Sponsored by the University of Southern Indiana, under the direction of the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of World Languages and Cultures

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Event Fact Sheet

Registration is OPEN for Non-Presenters

You can pay online or pay via check.

The historic town of New Harmony, backdrop for two attempts at establishing intentional communities in the first quarter of the nineteenth century, will be the fitting site for an international conference on the utopian pursuit in contemporary Spanish theater (20th and 21st centuries). The conference seeks to attract diverse presentations rooted in the intersection of contemporary drama and common visions--social, economic, political, spiritual, or ecological--for working in unison, even if the cooperative models aspired to by community members prove to be misunderstood or destined for failure. The organizers are particularly interested in encouraging the free exploration of such varied themes as conformity, disagreement, alienation, displacements, migrations, revolt, totalitarianism, and many other approaches related to intentional settings.

Accommodations in New Harmony and Travel Information

The organizers of the New Harmony Spanish Conference highly recommend making a reservation at the New Harmony Inn. Reservations can be made online or by calling (+1) 800-782-8605. If you reserve by telephone, please be sure to mention that you are attending the New Harmony Spanish Conference. The contracted nightly rates are $99.00 for a Standard or Deluxe Double Room and $124.00 for a Premium Room, plus taxes. To obtain the reduced rates when reserving online, please enter "NH Span Conf" in the "Notes" section of the reservation page.

New Harmony is a little over two hours’ drive coming east on I-64 from St. Louis and approximately the same distance driving west on I-64 from Louisville.  From points east or west on I-64, New Harmony is about a twenty minute drive south. Getting there by car from Indianapolis in the north or Nashville to the south takes a little over three hours. More information can be found at

Should you drive, free parking is available all over town. Once in New Harmony, all walking distances to conference venues are under 10 minutes.

Please target the Evansville Regional Airport (EVV), should you elect to fly. Allegiant, American, Delta, and United all have flights with arrivals and departures at EVV.  More information can be found at  USI will provide free round-trip shuttle service from EVV to New Harmony.

All conference participants must check in at the Atheneum, which is clearly marked on the map linked above and will serve as the center of operations over the three days.

Wednesday, October 10—Bus picks up students at USI at 11 a.m. (in front of Welcome Center)
Pick up students in New Harmony (The Atheneum) at 4:30 p.m. for a 5:15 p.m. drop off on USI Campus at Welcome Center

Friday, October 12—Bus picks up students at USI at 11 am (in front of Welcome Center)
Pick up students in New Harmony (The Atheneum) at 4:30 p.m. for a 5:15 p.m. drop off on USI Campus at Welcome Center


The call for papers for the New Harmony International Conference is now closed.

The conference organizers are very pleased to welcome the following playwrights: