Every Third Thought


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.082  Saturday, 3 March 2012


From:        Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         Saturday, March 3, 2012

Subject:     Every Third Thought


Dear SHAKSPER Subscribers,


The dearth of traffic on SHAKSPER since the New Year concerns me. There were times a decade or so ago when I tired of the pet theories, the sometimes incessant carping, and the level of discourse on SHAKSPER. The hours it often took me to edit and format the submissions into digests simply wore me down then. I have, however, had during the past year a return of my energy levels, and I now deeply lament not having daily posts to prepare and distribute to the members. To encourage discussion, I have even attempted to “prime the pump”—to invite comments or provoke discussion as a way to initiate threads—only to have sparks of activity between days and days of quiet.


I have written on several occasions about key moments in SHAKSPER’s history when meta-discussions of the list’s purpose appeared and were debated. I think I would like to start one of these what-is-this-list-for threads myself. 


I did not give birth to SHAKSPER, but I have acted as stepparent to it for the past 21 years. And now both SHAKSPER and I are beginning to show our age. If one were to equate as is done with dogs, for example, one calendar year as being seven years of an Internet list’s life, then SHAKSPER is indeed an old phenomenon. The next questions then would be does it have a future and if so what is that future to be. 


SHAKSPER has from its inception been an edited/moderated conference and will remain so as long as I am its editor. But still one might ask nevertheless should I step down as editor/moderator of discussions and let SHAKSPER become primarily a venue for announcements? 


During the past year, SHAKSPER got an up-to-date web remake. Should SHAKSPER become primarily a web presence, an archive of past discussions and research materials at the site, without the distribution of digests to subscribers?


In recent years, I have initiated new features on SHAKSPER. These include the scholarly materials at the web site, the Roundtable discussions, the SBReviews (SHAKSPER Book Review Project), and so on. I have someone interested in moderating what would be the third SHAKSPER Roundtable. Should SHAKSPER become an occasional site for subscribers to receive Roundtable discussions and Book Reviews?


My meta-purpose in recent years has been to return SHAKSPER more towards its original purpose of serving the academic interests of the Shakespeare community. Now, I sometimes ask myself if in doing so have I strangled the vitality out of the list?


To all of the questions posed above at least two more remain:


1) Should I be planning a future for SHAKSPER without Hardy and what would that future be? 


2) How might SHAKSPER become more active and vital than it currently is?


I appreciate and value all of the support both SHAKSPER and I have received over the years and thank all who have contributed to SHAKSPER in so many different ways.


Best wishes,



Request for Editorial Assistants


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.081  Saturday, 3 March 2012


From:        Ben Fisler <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         March 2, 2012 3:49:23 PM EST

Subject:     Request for Editorial Assistants


The editor of Ecumenica is looking for volunteer assistance for the spring general issue. Any graduate students or junior scholars interested in earning a CV credit and getting experience in academic publishing may do so by volunteering 4-5 hours total to help the journal prepare selected articles. You must be available to complete the work during March. If interested, please be sure to include your availability in your application letter.  


Volunteers will be credited in the journal as editorial assistants for the issue. Any scholar with interests in the relationships between faith/spirituality and theatre is invited to contact the editors, for work on this or a future issue. Interested individuals should contact assistant editor Ben Fisler at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please send current CV. For more information on Ecumenica, see our website at www.ecumenicjournal.org, or our Facebook Fan page. 


Memory/Reason/Imagination: Symposium in Honor of Daniel Traister


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.080  Saturday, 3 March 2012


From:        John Pollack <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         February 29, 2012 7:29:02 AM EST

Subject:    Memory/Reason/Imagination: Symposium in Honor of Daniel Traister


The University of Pennsylvania Libraries is pleased to invite you to attend:



Librarians and Scholars—Past, Present, and Future


A Symposium in Honor of Daniel Traister

March 30-31, 2012



In honor of our colleague Daniel Traister on the occasion of his retirement, the University of Pennsylvania Libraries will host a symposium examining the worlds of librarians and scholars, and how these worlds intersect with and influence each other. Themes to be addressed by symposium speakers will include:


   * History of Collections and Collecting: Encyclopedism vs. Curiosity

   * Epistemology and Its Classifications in Libraries

   * History of Librarianship/Portraits of Librarians

   * The Role of the Librarian: Scholar and/or Professional

   * Changes and Continuities in the Digital Age: Textual Conversion, Reading Practices, and Knowledge


Crossing disciplines and time periods, these themes reflect some of the broad interests that Dan has brought to his own work at institutions including the New York Public Library and the University of Pennsylvania. Dan has shared his insights with colleagues and students at those institutions as well as at Rare Book School, where for many years he taught courses and influenced a new generation of librarians. In addition, he has published many articles and reviews on scholarly and library-related topics.


Keynote addresses will be delivered by Roger Chartier (Collège de France and University of Pennsylvania) and Michael Suarez (University of Virginia and Director, Rare Book School). Other speakers include John Bidwell (Morgan Library), Rachel Buurma (Swarthmore College), Rosemary Cullen (Brown University), Lynne Farrington (University of Pennsylvania), James Green (Library Company of Philadelphia), Andrea Immel (Princeton University), Zachary Lesser (University of Pennsylvania), Jack Lynch (Rutgers University), Kathy Peiss (University of Pennsylvania), Alice Schreyer (University of Chicago), Jacob Soll (Rutgers University), and Peter Stallybrass (University of Pennsylvania).


Registration is free and available on the website. A tentative schedule has been posted.


We are grateful for conference support from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; the School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania; the Department of English, University of Pennsylvania; Wendy Wilson & Bruce McKittrick; and Bruce McKittrick Rare Books.


We hope to see you in March.


John Pollack, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lynne Farrington

David McKnight

Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania

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