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WHAT  IS  THE  I S S ?

 

 

Its History

Goals & Mission

The Meaning of "ISS"

ISS Planners, Founders, & Founding Council

Founding Contributors & Members

 

ITS HISTORY

Founding of the International Shaw Society (“The ISS”) was first discussed at a Shaw Conference at Marquette University in April of 2001, and the ISS was successfully founded in principle at a “Shaw Summit” on August 24th, 2002, at the Shaw Festival Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, with the details of its scope and operation yet to be worked out.  To discuss and vote on such matters, a second “Shaw Summit” was scheduled in the new Shaw Festival Theatre Library in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, on August 20th, 2003.  A decision was made at that time to apply for not-for-profit, tax-exempt status, and Professor Richard Dietrich of the University of South Florida was elected Acting President to oversee the transformation of the ISS into a full-fledged, legally-established, dues-paying literary society.  As of January 30, 2004, the ISS was legally established as a 501(c)(3) corporation with the U.S. federal government and the state of Florida, with Professor Dietrich elected as its Founding President, in which capacity he served for the first six years, 2004-2009.  The second ISS President was Professor Leonard Conolly of Trent University, serving from 2010-2012.   The third ISS President is Professor Michael O’Hara of Ball State University, beginning in 2013.  

 

ITS GOALS & MISSION

The International Shaw Society will provide a means for those interested in the life, times, works, and career of Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw and his circle to organize their activities and interests, exchange information and ideas, and promote an interest in Shaw worldwide.  

 

THE MEANING OF “ISS”

The acronym for the International Shaw Society, “ISS,” is especially appropriate to emphasize Shaw’s continuing presence in the contemporary world as a talkative spirit with very relevant things to say, and the suggestion of a hiss on “ISS” evokes Shaw’s portrayal of the serpent in the Garden of Eden (in Back to Methuselah) as a friend to man in encouraging the species to grow and learn, rather than to continue stuck in the old, stagnant, often self-destructive ways.  The Shavian voice, urging Homo sapiens to grow up, has never been more needed.   Growing up, in fact, is probably what Shaw had in mind when he urged evolving to Homo super, “the Superman.”  Desperate metaphors for desperate times!   Which will always be with us until we do grow up.  Shaw’s “Superman,” by the way, has nothing to do with either the Nazi version of WWII or the Clark Kent comic book version.   See his play Man and Superman. 

 

ISS PLANNERS, FOUNDERS & FOUNDING ISS COUNCIL  

Below is, first, the list of people who attended either the August 24th, 2002 Planning Committee meeting or the August 20th, 2003 meeting, or both, supplemented by a few who did not attend but who later agreed to serve as members of the founding Advisory Board and/or as signatories on applications for non-profit status, followed by a list of the founding ISS Council, composed of an Executive Committee and an Advisory Committee. Last but not least are the Founding Members of the ISS who acquired membership in 2004.   

 

 

I S S   F O U N D E R S

Sidney P. Albert

Elaine Amromin

Alan Andrews

Stuart Baker

Elisa Beshero-Bondar

Ron Bryden

Charles A. Carpenter

Nancy Cole

Tracy Collins

Leonard Conolly

MaryAnn Crawford

Monty Davis

Sara Deats

R. F. Dietrich

Lori Ruse-Dietrich

Bernard Dukore

Anthony Ellis

Evelyn Ellis

Frances Evans

T. F. Evans

Tony Gibbs

Nicholas Grene

Peter Gahan

Chistopher Innes

Norma Jenckes

Denis Johnston

Mitchell Klein

Lagretta Lenker

Gale Larson

Kay Li

Barry Morse

Rhoda Nathan

Michel Pharand

 

John Pfeiffer

David Rose

Ann Saddlemyer

Isidor Saslav

Julie Sparks

Jay Tunney

Tramble T. Turner

Rodelle Weintraub

Stanley Weintraub

Don Wilmeth

 

I  S  S    C  O  U  N  C  I  L

 

E X E C U T I V E

 

A D V I S O R Y

R. F. Dietrich,  President

     <dietrich@usf.edu>

Don Wilmeth,  Vice President

     <Don_Wilmeth@brown.edu>

Lagretta Lenker, Treasurer

     <Llenker@admin.usf.edu>

Norma Jenckes, Recording Secretary

     <norma.jenckes@uc.edu >

Lori Ruse-Dietrich,

Membership Secretary

  <lruse@tampabay.rr.com>

Sidney Albert

Charles Berst

Leonard Conolly

Bernard Dukore

T. F. Evans

Anthony Gibbs

Nicholas Grene

Denis Johnston

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Jacques Barzun, Honorary

Eric Bentley, Honorary

Dan H. Laurence

Martin Meisel

Rhoda Nathan

Margot Peters

Sally Peters

Ann Saddlemyer

Al Turco

Stanley Weintraub

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Ron Bryden, Honorary

Barry Morse, Honorary

 

 

MEMBERS WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THE FOUNDING OF THE ISS -- 2004

 

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FOUNDING PARTNERS ($500 OR MORE)

Sidney Albert

Charles & Roelina Berst

John & Mary Ellen Bertolini

Tracy Collins

Richard Dietrich

Tony Gibbs

Aubrey Hampton & Susan Hussey

John Pfeiffer

Margot Peters

 

FOUNDING SPONSORS ($200 OR MORE)

Stuart Baker

Leonard Conolly

Lori Dietrich

Norma Jenckes

Gale Larson

Lagretta Lenker

Jean Reynolds

Jay Tunney

Al Turco

Rodelle and Stan Weintraub

Don Wilmeth

 

FOUNDING CONTRIBUTORS ($50 OR MORE)

 

Alan Andrews

Thomas Bahring

Albert Braverman

Al Carpenter

Wendi Chen

Nancy Cole

Mary C. Crane

Sara Deats

Howard Einsohn

Peter Gahan

Husne Jahan

Mitchell Klein

Dan H. Laurence

Martin Meisel

Michael O’Hara

Sally Peters

Harold Pagliaro

Michel Pharand

Gary A. Richardson

Nelson Ritschel

Ann Saddlemyer

Isidor Saslav

Julie Sparks

Tramble T. Turner

Nicholas Williams

Jonathan Wisenthal

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FOUNDING MEMBERS   

Elaine Amromin

Alan Andrews

George Austin

Cary Barney

Patrick Berry

Michael Bertin

Elisa Beshero-Bondar

A.  K. Bhatt

Ronald Bryden

Toni Burke

Richard Cheski

James Chow

Glenda Cimino

Nancy Cole

Mary C. Crane

MaryAnn Crawford

Sara Deats

Vincent Dowling

Bernard Dukore

Anthony Ellis

Evelyn Ellis

Kathleen Erwin

Michael Fountain

Peter Gahan

Robert Gaines

Angela Grayson

Nicholas Grene

Polly Guerin

Cynthia Halpern

Kim Hanna

Arthur Horowitz

Christopher Innes

Denis Johnston

Gale Larson

Kay Li

Valerie Lipscomb

John MacDonald

Masahiko Masumoto

Jackie Maxwell

Donal McManus

Charles Mehler

Hisashi Morikawa

Rhoda Nathan

Sasha Normand

Mia Nottoli

Julius Novick

Donall O’Luanaigh--National Library of Ireland

Zeljka, Radelic

Rosemarie Rowley

Lynn Marie Ruse

Travis Ruse

Toshhiko Sato

Hannes Schweiger

Totaro Shimamura

Rev. Alexander Seabrook

Julie Sparks

P. S. Sri

Margaret Taylor

Michael Timko

Joy Timko

Douglas Warsett

Susan Warsett

Leo Wong

Christa Zorn

 

HONORARY MEMBERS

Jacques Barzun

Eric Bently

Tom and Frances Evans

Peter French (USF at Sarasota VP)

Dan H. Laurence

Barry Morse

Laurie Stryker (USF at Sarasota CEO)

Joan Templeton (Ibsen Society President)

 

 

 

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