The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0896 Sunday, 22 April 2001
From: Meg Powers Livingston <
Date: Thursday, 19 Apr 2001 18:02:06 -0400
Subject: Invitation from RSA
I'd like to take the opportunity of passing onto you some information
about the Renaissance Society of America. I'd like to thank Bruce
Boehrer and Meg Powers Livingston for kindly allowing me to infiltrate
your group momentarily.
I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have about the RSA or
about our next meeting which will be held in Tempe (I'm co-chair of the
Tempe conference and the Membership Chair).
You are cordially invited to join the Renaissance Society of America
(RSA). Since its foundation in 1954, the Society has been the leading
organization in the Americas for interdisciplinary study of the late
medieval, Renaissance, and early modern periods, and it is the publisher
of the journal Renaissance Quarterly. Membership, which includes a
subscription to the Quarterly, offers many benefits for a scholar in
The interdisciplinary articles (about twelve to sixteen per year) and
thirty to thirty-five book reviews published in each issue of the
journal provide coverage of the most important recent scholarly
developments in Renaissance studies. The journal's reviews and articles
are written by authorities in the disciplines of history, literature,
art, philosophy, music, as well as other areas of study. The William
Nelson Prize ($600) is awarded annually to the article judged most
worthy by a committee chosen from among the representatives elected by
Our newsletter, Renaissance News and Notes, containing an invaluable
Calendar of Conferences, is mailed to all members twice a year. It
supplements Renaissance Quarterly with updates about Society activities,
forthcoming conferences, calls-for-papers, awards and prizes.
The Society assists in the publication of critical editions and
translations of texts from Latin, Greek and Hebrew, providing both
editorial guidance and subsidies. Books so subsidized are available to
members at a discount. The Society also makes available subsidies to
presses undertaking the publication of other relevant text editions and
translations. In addition, the Society supports various publication
projects, among them: the multi-volumed Lettere of Lorenzo de'Medici, A.
C. de la Mare's The Handwriting of Italian Humanists, and F. Edward
Cranz' Microfilm Corpus of Unpublished Inventories of Latin Manuscripts
through 1600 A.D., the latter a major research tool available for
library purchase as of 1988. Members' contributions to the Publications,
Medici, Italian Humanists, or (unrestricted) General funds assist in
these important efforts for Renaissance scholarship.
The Society's National Conference offers a range of topics and papers as
well as the opportunity to meet scholars from all over the country in
your own and related fields. The Society itself sponsors a panel on
"Recent Works in Renaissance Studies", the Josephine Waters Bennett
lecture, a panel on curriculum, and a banquet. Both the reports from the
Works panel and the Bennett lecture are published in Renaissance
Quarterly. The Bennett speakers form a distinguished group, including
William Bouwsma, Kathleen Weil-Garris Brandt, Howard Brown, Natalie
Zemon Davis, Felix Gilbert, Stephen Greenblatt, Thomas Greene, David
Herlihy, Barbara Lewalski, Gene Rice and Charles Trinkaus. The "Recent
Works" panels examine developments in Renaissance scholarship from an
interdisciplinary perspective. Past and future topics include the study
of family, marriage and sex, "Representations", economic history,
"Cross-Cultural Encounters", and education. Recent and planned
conference sites include Cambridge, Dallas, Durham, Kansas City, Los
Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, Philadelphia, Tempe, and Toronto.
A Directory of Members is distributed bi-annually (now also online on
the RSA website).
If you are interested, please fill out an enrollment form and return it
to us. http://www.r-s-a.org/rsa/members/rsamembershipform.pdf
If you wish to pay for membership with a credit card, but prefer not to
give this information online, please call or fax
Office Manager: Telephone: (212) 998-3797;
Fax: (212) 995-4205.
We look forward to seeing new members at the next National Conference,
when we can express how much we welcome your support. For general
information about the RSA, visit our website at http://www.r-s-a.org.
Thank you for reading this announcement!
Dept. of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese
University of Virginia
S H A K S P E R: The Global Shakespeare Discussion List
Hardy M. Cook,
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