The lasting legacy of the groundbreaking television and film writer Rod Serling will once again be celebrated, with master storyteller Earl Hamner Jr. and Serling’s daughter Anne among the featured presenters at the biennial Rod Serling Conference.
For the first time, the program sponsored by Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications will be held on the West Coast, with the conference taking place Nov. 8–9 at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City.
Serling taught at Ithaca College from 1967 until his untimely death in 1975, and the college is home to the Rod Serling Archives. The conference will feature a keynote panel of Twilight Zone experts:
- Earl Hamner Jr., the writer/producer best known for creating the CBS series The Waltons, whose first script acceptance for the Twilight Zone gave him his Hollywood writing break
- Marc Zicree, author of The Twilight Zone Companion and television scriptwriter whose credits include Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Babylon 5
- Arlene Martel, actress whose work includes two Twilight Zone episodes
The conference also includes a special reading by Anne Serling, whose book As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling was published earlier this year; and an optional bus tour that will include stops at Rod Serling’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The conference is open to anyone interested in Serling’s work. Topics of the academic presentations will range from Sending the Extremists to the Cornfield: Rod Serling’s Crusade Against Radical Conservatism to The Joy of Influence: Serling’s Impact on Comics Writing.
For a detailed conference schedule and to download the registration form, visit Ithaca Rod Serling site.
First held in 2006, the Rod Serling Conference has previously been located at Ithaca College’s campus in upstate New York, near where Serling grew up and had his summer home. This year’s session is being held in conjunction with the Ithaca College Los Angeles (ICLA) program, founded in 1994 to provide students in the Roy H. Park School of Communications with the opportunity to gain professional experience in their chosen fields while taking industry-related courses.