The Campbell Conference has been renamed the Gunn Center Conference. In a Facebook post on September 5 director Chris McKitterick said,
The Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction acknowledges and condemns the problematic words and actions of John W. Campbell. We had already been discussing changing the name of the Campbell Conference to the Gunn Center Conference, which is in any case more accurate, as we’ve added other awards and events during to be presented there; recent events expedite that decision. We’ve already begun changing the name on our website and in promotional materials.
As for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best science-fiction novel of the year, the Center directors and Award jurors are currently discussing alternatives; when a decision is made, we will announce it.
The Conference has been held each year since 1978 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence KS, and has included the Theodore A. Sturgeon and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards ceremonies, among other events.
The unrelated John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer was also recently renamed, to The Astounding Award for Best New Writer.
For more information about the center and the awards, see the official Gunn Center website.
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