INTERNATIONAL SHAW SOCIETY
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The International Shaw Society, "the ISS," was founded in 2004 for the purpose of keeping George Bernard Shaw talking, his favorite thing, even though he's been dead since 1950. The acronym “ISS” emphasizes Shaw’s continuing presence, his “issness,” in the contemporary world, if only as a talkative spirit with very relevant things to say, and said in a way that’s rare in its relative sanity, humanity, and civilizing good humor. If you like humor of the hyperbolic and ironic sort, “smiling comedy,” as he called it, Shaw is your man.
What keeps a dead author alive? While alive, Shaw was of the opinion that it was "sedulous self-advertisement" that kept him going and that the only bad publicity was an obituary (unless you wrote it yourself). But Shaw's afterlife on earth now depends on theater productions and discussion of his life and works, and that’s where the ISS comes in. Likely to meet anywhere in the world and global in its online reach, the ISS now has members in thirteen countries, on five continents, and grows apace, about half academics and half not. The ISS invites you to join in the fun and enlightenment of seeing and reading Shaw's plays and discussing the author and his works. Discussion was this vegetarian’s “meat.”
BENEFITS OF ISS MEMBERSHIP – 2015
Membership in the ISS brings many benefits, but one of the chief benefits comes from providing to the ISS tax-deductible funds that can be used to support the sponsoring of Shaw conferences, symposia, sessions, and seminars and the giving of travel grants to emerging scholars (includes “late-bloomers”) to attend such events. In this way your regard and enthusiasm for Shaw can best be passed on. Please be as generous as you can in choosing your level of membership (see membership form). And there would be no objection if you remember the ISS in your will! For all gifts, the Recording Shaw will write your name in the Book of Life.
List of Benefits
v With paid membership, the option of a substantially discounted subscription to the bi-annual journal SHAW, which also brings online access through JSTOR. Generally, it is published in June and December. See www.psupress.org/Journals/ jnls_shaw.html.
v Also the option of a discounted subscription to The Shavian, produced by and including membership to the UK Shaw Society.
v Eligibility for and opportunity to contribute to whatever travel and research grants the ISS offers to the young to encourage the study of Shaw and his circle.
v A discount of at least $25 on the registration fee for specified ISS conferences & other selected ISS events.
v A conference discount on the University Press of Florida Shaw Series books. A form will be emailed to members when this occurs, but you can also go to http://www.upf.com and search under author and title.
v Members will be notified whenever a special discount is being offered by the University of Toronto Press on the Shaw Correspondence Series. There is a 25% discount on online orders at www.utppublishing.com/search.php?mode=search&sby_series=Selected%20Correspondence%20of%20Bernard%20Shaw.
v Members will be notified whenever a discount is being offered by Palgrave Macmillan in
the “Shaw and His Contemporaries” series. See http://www.palgrave.com/us/series/14785.
v Access to the ISS website at www.shawsociety.org, a homepage that will keep everyone informed of relevant activities and provide links to valuable research tools, such as bibliographies, chronologies, and databases. Access to a members’ page (by password only) where more private information is linked.
v The latest news on Shaw doings via email and newsletters—such as upcoming conferences, symposia, and other meetings; theater and book notices; theater and book reviews; editorials; and much more. Serves as a listserv that invites participation. Email is firstname.lastname@example.org. And the ISS homepage leads you to many links that encourage interaction.
v The right to vote in ISS elections and referendums and the right to hold elected and appointed office and to serve on committees.
ISS SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS, & PRIZES
As one of the principal goals of the ISS is to encourage younger generations to experience the delights of reading and seeing Shaw's works and participating in the discussion of them, the ISS offers a generous program of support in the form of scholarships and grants most of which are allied with particular events, such as symposia and conferences. To that end, in fourteen years seventy-six young scholars have been awarded ninety-six ISS Travel Grants to attend the annual Symposia at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Chicago Symposiums in 2010 and 2013 co-sponsored by the ShawChicago Theater Company, and the Shaw Conferences in 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2017, respectively at the University of South Florida, Brown University, Catholic University of America, the University of Guelph (Canada), University College Dublin, “Shaw’s Corner” in Ayot St. Lawrence, UK, Fordham U. Lincoln Center, New York, and at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the Lake, Ontario. If you give a minimum of $500, the grant the ISS gives with that can carry your name, if you wish. See www.shawsociety.org/ISS-Travel-Grants-2017.htm for grants given in the past year.
2018 Membership Form
The latest ISS Membership Form is available at www.shawsociety.org/2018membership.htm. This form is innovative in that it allows you to pay by credit or debit card without establishing an account with PayPal. In paying, just follow the instructions at http://pay.shawbiz.org. It is also innovative in that if gives you the option of just emailing to the ISS Treasurer the choices made on the membership form instead of mailing the form itself. Any changes in address should be sent as well to email@example.com.
(Click here to go directly to a membership form printable on one page or just summarize your choices in an email to the Treasurer)
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