Because of COVID 19 and concerns for elderly and international members planning to attend, the board of The John Updike Society voted to postpone the 6th biennial conference by exactly one year.
Instead of being held September 30 through October 4, 2020, the conference will be held September 29 through October 3, 2021. The host institution remains Alvernia University, and the conference hotel will still be the Courtyard Marriott Reading. Lorrie Moore is still committed to being the keynote speaker, and a planned trip to Philadelphia will still feature a stop at WHYY to hear from Terry Gross, who interviewed Updike on numerous occasions. All of the academics who had papers accepted have been told that those papers are still accepted for the 2021 conference. The only appreciable difference is that a Historic Pennsylvania Marker dedication ceremony scheduled to coincide with the conference must still take place on October 3, 2020 to fall within the acceptable time limit for new marker installations.
How will this affect conferences moving forward? JUS conferences will shift from even years to odd, with 2023 slated for a venue outside the U.S and 2025 back in the U.S.