The Philip Roth Society

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Roth@80 Conference

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The Philip Roth Society proudly announces

A conference event organized, in conjunction with the Newark Preservation & Landmark  Committee, to mark the 80th birthday of Philip Roth

March 18-19, 2013, Robert Treat Hotel - Newark, New Jersey

This two-day event will include presentations on March 18 that cover the entire range of Philip Roth’s writings, from his earliest novels and stories to his more recent Nemeses Tetralogy, and focusing on a diversity of topics and cultural perspective.

There will also be a guided tour of “Roth’s Newark,” conducted by the Newark Preservation & Landmark Committee, as well as a photography exhibit at the Newark Public Library.

In addition to formal presentations, tour, and exhibits, the conference will include a reception on March 19 at the Newark Museum, with Philip Roth as the honored guest.  (Registration for non-presenters does not include participation in the Newark Museum birthday reception on the evening of March 19.) Mr. Roth will be introduced by novelist, playwright, and poet Edna O’Brien, and Louise Erdrich (author of such books as Love Medicine and The Plague of Doves) will provide the event with a traditional Native American blessing.  Noted speakers include:


Jonathan Lethem

•  Author of Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude





Claudia Roth Pierpont

•  Author of Passionate Minds: Women Rewriting the World





Hermione Lee

•  Author of Philip Roth and Virginia Woolf’s Nose




For questions regarding the Roth@80 event, please contact the Roth Society Program Chair, David Gooblar, at

Click for Schedule of Conference Sessions on March 18th


Schedule of Events Taking Place on March 19th

10:00 AM Welcoming ceremony to the Roth@80 exhibit at the Newark Public Library. A guided tour with coffee, muffins, fruit, etc. will be available.
12:00 PM Buses leave for “The Philip Roth Tour of Newark.”  The tour will be proceeded by a visit to the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart.
3:00 PM Return to the Robert Treat Hotel.
4:00-6:00 PM Cocktail reception with ample food in the Englehard Court of the Newark Museum.
6:30 PM Program in the Billy Johnson Auditorium of the Newark Museum, featuring Claudia Roth Pierpont, Hermione Lee, Jonathan Lethem, and Philip Roth.
8:45-10:00 PM Return to the Englehard Court for birthday cake, coffee, and a champagne toast.



Conference fees are $135 for employed attendees, and $80 for graduate students and independent scholars. The deadline for registration is January 15. Registration is now closed, though it may reopen if more spaces become available.

NOTE: Registration for those presenting on March 18th includes all events on both days of Roth@80. Registration for non-presenters does not include participation in the Newark Museum birthday reception on the evening of March 19.



The Philip Roth Society requires all of its presenters to be members at the time of their presentations. You can find membership information, as well as a link for payment, at the Roth Society’s website. Please note that there are two options: a year’s membership with a subscription to Philip Roth Studies is $50; a year’s membership without a journal subscription is $20.


Hotel Accommodations

The conference on March 18th will be held at the Robert Treat Hotel in downtown Newark. The Robert Treat has given us a block of rooms at a special rate ($95/night plus tax) for presenters. They will hold this block until January 15th. To book your room, you’ll need to either call the hotel at (973)622-1000, or email Winston Reyes, the hotel manager, at When booking, just mention that you are part of the Roth Society Conference (group number 3987), and you’ll get the special rate.

Robert Treat Hotel
50 Park Place, Newark, New Jersey, 07102-4398

Phone: 973-622-1000 • Fax: 973-622-6410

Directions: Click Here

A world of elegance unfolds as you enter the gracious surroundings of the historic Robert Treat Hotel. Its majestic marble reception areas, glittering ballrooms and tastefully appointed guest rooms recall a time when luxury was the watchword and graciousness was evident in every detail.

A Newark landmark for nearly 100 years, the Robert Treat Hotel has been a favorite throughout its history. It has played host to five presidents, numerous governors and many foreign dignitaries. Our staff takes pride in anticipating the needs of our guests, and meeting them with genuine willingness and hospitality. Whether it’s cocktails on the Starlight Roof, or dinner and dancing in the Crystal Ballroom, the Robert Treat Hotel’s understated elegance, coupled with exceptional service, will make your event successful and memorable.

While carefully restored to its early 1900s glory, the Robert Treat also sports the modern amenities and high technology expected of a contemporary hotel. With top-flight dining opportunities, superb catering facilities and gracious service, the Robert Treat is the perfect venue for weddings, social events, business meetings and corporate functions. It is also the perfect spot for dining before or after performances at NJPAC, just across the street. The Hotel features nightly live entertainment in Maize, our fine restaurant conveniently located on the lobby level.

For more information on the event venue, the historic Robert Treat Hotel, visit their website at


Walking Tour

On Sunday, March 17, there will be a walking tour of Newark’s Ironbound section, leaving at 3:30pm, and lasting approximately two hours. After the tour, anyone who is interested can join us for dinner at Forno’s, a Spanish restaurant on Ferry Street.  We have set up a form where you can indicate whether you will attend either or both of these.  Please fill out the form by January 30.  The tour will cost $10 per person.  We will be in contact about payment after we have a sense of the number of people interested.


 Newark Preservation & Landmark  Committee

The Newark Preservation & Landmarks Committee is the not-for-profit, volunteer-based, citywide advocate for the preservation of  Newark’s historic and cultural resources. The Committee’s activities include nomination of landmarks to the historic registers; intervention on behalf of threatened landmarks; implementation of educational initiatives; provision of technical assistance; and collaboration with other nonprofit agencies. We perform these activities as described below:

  • Nominate historic and cultural resources to the State and National Registers Historic Places to provide these landmarks (building, structures, sites, objects, and districts) with additional protection from demolition and unsympathetic alterations.
  • Select highly threatened landmarks, already listed or eligible to be listed on the historic registers, and mount public campaigns to save them.

For more information on the Newark Preservation & Landmark Committee, visit their website at




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