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Mid-Year Newsletter for 2007


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Mission Statement:

The International Shaw Society, Inc., a not-for-profit organization, provides a means for those interested in the study of the life, times, and career of Bernard Shaw and his circle to coordinate their activities, exchange information and ideas, and promote an interest in Shaw worldwide. It welcomes anyone with an interest in Shaw to join (see the end of this section for an application form). To encourage the study of Shaw and the use of his works, the ISS arranges biennial or triennial conferences, annual symposia, and occasional special sessions and seminars around the world at which anyone interested in Shaw can find a gathering of kindred spirits and an occasion to speak on and discuss Shaw and to hear and see his works in performance. Because it particularly wishes to encourage the young, the ISS offers scholarships and travel grants to young people who wish to contribute to its goals.

Report on June 30, 2007, by R. F. Dietrich President of the International Shaw Society ISS Homepage: www.shawsociety.org Email: dietrich@cas.usf.edu

ISS Council

EXECUTIVE
COMMITTEE
ADVISORY
COMMITTEE
  Richard F. Dietrich,   Charles Berst   Honorary Members
      President   John Bertolini
  Leonard Conolly,   Bernard Dukore   Sidney Albert
      Vice President   Anthony Gibbs   Jacques Barzun
  Lagretta Lenker,   Nicholas Grene   Eric Bentley
      Treasurer   Denis Johnston   T. F. Evans
  Norma Jenckes,   Martin Meisel   Dan H. Laurence
      Recording Secretary   Rhoda Nathan   Barry Morse
  Lori Dietrich,   Margot Peters
      Membership   Sally Peters
      Secretary   Michel Pharand
  Ann Saddlemyer
  Al Turco
  Stanley Weintraub
  Don Wilmeth

ISS Events & Actions of 2007

Things have calmed down a bit in 2007, after an unusually busy year in 2006 in which Shaw's sesquicentennial year was celebrated widely, but there is still much to report:

MLA Meetings:

To qualify for affiliate status with the Modern Language Association, which would give the ISS a lot of free advertising if accomplished and might help to renew interest in Shaw in academia, the ISS has begun sponsoring sessions at MLA meetings, beginning in December of 2006 at Philadelphia and continuing in December of 2007 at Chicago. You must be an MLA member to be eligible. These sessions have been arranged and are moderated by Charles Del Dotto of Duke University. At the 2006 session, "Shaw at 150: Theater, Criticism, Contemporaneity," the panelists were Frank Duba, Jean Reynolds, and Ted Price. Speakers for the 2007 session on "Shaw and History" will be Neil Hultgren, Stoyan Tchaprazov, Hannah Tracy, and Charles Del Dotto. As attendance at these sessions is also an important factor in receiving MLA affiliate status, we hope as many of you as possible will attend. See the ISS Homepage at www.shawsociety.org for a link that will announce the exact date and place, when that becomes available. [End Page 277]

The 31st annual comparative drama conference in March of 2007 sponsored by Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles offered three special sessions on "Shaw as Playwright." As arranged by Tony Stafford, papers were presented by Elizabeth Acosta, Amanda Cuellar, Charles Del Dotto, Peter Gahan, John McInerney, Annie Papreck, P.S. Sri, and Nicole Stodard.


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Tony Stafford with students Elizabeth Acosta and Amanda Cuellar, all of the University of Texas El Paso.

The fourth annual ISS Shaw Symposium, co-sponsored by and meeting at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, took place on July 28-30, 2007. Our thanks to Rod Christensen of the Shaw Festival (Senior Manager, Education) and Leonard Conolly, the academic coordinator for the Symposium, for their assistance in setting this up. The scheduled speakers, in order of appearance, were John McInerney, Vinod Bala Sharma, Amanda Cuellar, Alan Andrews, Kay Li, Dorothy Hadfield, Charles A. Carpenter, Murray Biggs, Larry Switzky, and Virginia Costello. Most of the papers were on the Shaw plays produced by the Shaw Festival, Saint Joan and [End Page 278] The Philanderer. Also featured was a discussion of three different productions of Saint Joan over the years by Festival directors Christopher Newton, Neil Munroe, and Jackie Maxwell.

ISS Travel Grants:

Thanks largely to the generosity of Aubrey Hampton and...

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1480
Print ISSN
0741-5842
Pages
pp. 276-283
Launched on MUSE
2007-10-22
Open Access
No
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