Minutes of the
International Shaw Society Meeting of July 26, 2009
Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Following the Sixth
Annual Shaw Symposium
Prepared by John
McInerney, Recording Secretary
a general discussion that anticipated some of the items on the agenda of
the ISS meeting to follow, the meeting was called to order by ISS President
Richard Dietrich at 4:02 P.M.
- Summary of Officers’ Reports. Because of the absence of some of
the officers and the fact that there will be another ISS meeting at the DC
Conference, the regular reports were omitted, except for comments by VP
Leonard Conolly later about the next conference.
- Announcements & Issues for
Discussion (President Dietrich commented on each in turn):
- Shaw session at the 2009 MLA
convention in Philadelphia is cancelled because not accepted by MLA
committee, for unexplained reasons.
Another attempt will be made for 2010 by Charles Del Dotto. The ISS is just one session away from
being eligible to apply for affiliate status with the MLA.
- Shaw sessions at the Comparative
Drama Conference (at the end of March each year) have been met with
increased attendance, and so again proposals should be sent to Tony
Stafford by Nov. 15, 2009.
- Participation in the “Shaw and Politics”
Conference in Washington: President Dietrich reported that the local
organizers of the conference have been very welcoming to and encouraging
of participation by Shaw scholars.
He noted, however, that only 20% of the registrants are ISS members,
which indicates a decline from comparable figures at previous Shaw
sessions. He wondered why. A very brief discussion did not arrive
at a consensus answer, but there was a suggestion that the date of the
conference might be a contributing factor. [Addendum: The most recent
registration list shows that ISS participation has risen to around 40%,
which is closer to the norm.]
- Correction of deadline for proposals
for the 2010 Summer Symposium: The
President confirmed that the deadline for submission of proposals for
next summer’s Symposium at the Shaw Festival will be April 15, 2010, not
2009, as appeared in the original agenda.
Conolly spoke of his efforts to combine the 2011 Summer Symposium at the Shaw Festival with the next
major conference by the ISS, in honor of the Shaw Festival’s 50th
- Multiple Shaw Symposia on the
horizon: expanding on items F. and G. in the agenda, the President
suggested that the Symposium at the Shaw Festival will in the future be
called the Summer Symposium, and the annual Chicago Shaw Festival
(co-sponsored by the ShawChicago Theater Co., which will present a
production of Cashel Byron’s Profession at the
upcoming session in 2010) could be known as the Fall Shaw Symposium if we
succeed in establishing it on an annual basis. Then, if David Staller’s Project Shaw morphs into an
annual season at an off-Broadway theater, an ISS Spring Symposium in New
York might accompany it. Although
there was no substantial discussion, the members seemed to react
favorably to this prospect.
meeting was adjourned at 4:18 P.M.
McInerney, Recording Secretary