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EWS Board Meeting Minutes from MLA 2017

The minutes of the MLA EWS 2017 Board Meeting are available here

https://edithwhartonsociety.wordpress.com/membership/ews-business-2/2017-01-06-mla-ews-board-minutes/

and also under Membership –> EWS Business

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Election Results

Dear Edith Wharton Society Members,

On the anniversary of Edith Wharton’s passing, I write to report on the recent election.  With thanks to Donna Campbell for overseeing the electronic survey, the membership has voted overwhelmingly in favor of the revisions to the EWS bylaws and in favor of two new officers to serve on the EWS board:  effective January 1, 2017, Jennifer Haytock will step in to the position of Secretary and Madeleine Vala the position of at-large member of the Executive Board.  Thank you for your support of the Edith Wharton Society and all best wishes for these cherished summer hours.

Emily Orlando
President, The Edith Wharton Society

EWS Prizes Awarded

EWS Prizes Awarded

Dear Edith Wharton Society Members and Friends,

Our judges have now had a chance to assess a record number of submissions and I am pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Edith Wharton Society Awards:

The Edith Wharton Prize for a Beginning Scholar is awarded to Dr. Lina Geriguis of Chapman University for her essay “‘Rich in Pathological Instances:’ Disability in the Early Reception Theory of Ethan Frome.”  Second place goes to University of Cincinnati PhD candidate Lindsey Kurz for “The Heroine of a ‘Queer Episode’: Gerty Farish’s Martyrdom in The House of Mirth.”  Both essays are under consideration at the Edith Wharton Review  for possible publication.  Thank you to Drs. Melanie Dawson and Myrto Drizou for serving as judges and Dr. Meredith Goldsmith, EWR editor, for overseeing publication.

Three (3) essays were singled out for the EWS Undergraduate Research Prize.  First place is awarded to Angela Sammarone of Fairfield University for “‘On the threshold she paused’: Doors in Edith Wharton’s The Decoration of Houses and The Mother’s Recompense.”  Angela wrote her essay under the direction of Dr. Emily Orlando.  A revised version will appear on the Edith Wharton Society website.  Honorable mention goes to Lauren E. Hayes  of Framingham State University for her essay “‘More Real to Me Here Than if I Went Up’: Fantasy Visions and Fear of the Unknown in Wharton’s Summer and The Age of Innocence.”   Lauren produced her essay under the direction of Dr. Carolyn Maibor.  Honorable mention also is awarded to Jacqueline Bradley of the University of Wyoming for “False Freedom: The Constraints of Divorce in Edith Wharton’s ‘The Other Two'”.  Jacqueline wrote her essay under the direction of Dr. Arielle Zibrak.  Thank you to Drs. Sharon Kim and Shannon Brennan for serving as judges.

The EWS Award for Archival Research is awarded to Dr. Bethany Wood of Southwest Baptist University for her project Adaptations Preferred: Gender Across 1920s Fiction, Theatre, and Film.  Thank you to Drs. Meredith Goldsmith and Gary Totten for serving as judges.

Please join me in congratulating our winners and a tip of the hat to the mentors who advised them as they produced their prize-winning work.  Thank you also to our distinguished Wharton scholar judges for their important work assessing the entries which, by all accounts, were quite impressive this year.

All best wishes,

Emily Orlando

Emily J. Orlando, Ph.D.

President, The Edith Wharton Society

Minutes from the ALA Business Meeting 5/22/2015

DRAFT of Minutes, Edith Wharton Society (EWS) Business Meeting, 22 May 2015

3:40 pm Westin Copley Place Hotel, Boston, MA.

Present: Ferda Asya, Shannon Brennan, Donna Campbell, Mary Carney, Myrto Drizou, Anna Girling, Meredith Goldsmith, Alice Kelly, Sharon Kim, Carole Shaffer-Koros, Cecilia Macheski, Maureen Montgomery, Paul Ohler, Emily Orlando, Sharon Shaloo, Sarah Way Sherman, Gary Totten, Arielle Zibrak

Minutes taken by Paul Ohler, vice-president

President Emily Orlando called the meeting to order at 3:42

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Proposed Changes to the EWS By-laws, 5/31/15

EWS members will shortly be voting on this question based on the Proposed Changes document (linked below):

Shall the amendments to the Edith Wharton Society By-laws dated 5/31/15 be approved?

–Yes

–No

Updated 5/31/15, Emily Orlando, President, EWS

Proposed Changes to the Edith Wharton Society Constitution for Vote Revised 31May2015

Proposed changes are highlighted in yellow. Items in red are changes that were approved in 2005.