‘Tis the Season for Generosity

Posted in graduate students, nominations by Editor on December 1, 2009

Jay Fliegelman Excellence in Mentorship Award
Awarded by the ASECS Graduate Caucus

Nominations due by 15 December 2009

The ASECS Graduate Caucus is pleased to announce the third year of its Mentorship Award, recently renamed the Jay Fliegelman Excellence in Mentorship Award. This award, which will be given out at the annual ASECS meeting, is given to a faculty member who is an outstanding mentor and advisor who generously supports graduate students by helping them excel in their scholarship, teaching, and professional development. To nominate someone, please send the following to the Graduate Caucus’s co-chair, Jarrod Hurlbert, by December 15th:

  • the name of the mentor
  • the mentor’s institutional affiliation
  • a brief (1-2 page) CV outlining the mentor’s major professional accomplishments
  • a 1-2 page letter of recommendation from two of the mentor’s students (preferably at least one current student) that outlines the ways in which the mentor has supported his or her graduate students in scholarship, teaching, and professional development.

This year the Fliegelman Mentorship Award is going 100% electronic. Nominations must be sent via e-mail to jarrod.hurlbert@mu.edu

The Female Academy

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on December 1, 2009

From the exhibition website — for the eighteenth century, see especially the two sections on ‘The Imagined Female Acaemy’ and ‘The Real Female Academy’ :

Rooms of Our Own: The Female Academy from Margaret Cavendish to Lucy Cavendish College
Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, England, 17 — 31 October 2009

Richard Samuel, "Portraits in the Characters of the Muses in the Temple of Apollo," 1778 (London: NPG)

‘A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction; and that, as you will see, leaves the great problem of the true nature of woman and the true nature of fiction unsolved’ —A Room Of One’s Own

The original manuscript of Virginia Woolf’s ‘A Room Of One’s Own’ will be the centrepiece of an exhibition at Lucy Cavendish College.

Charting the development of education for women over the last three centuries, the Rooms of Our Own exhibition will also feature cartoons, correspondence and documents from the College Archives. It will look at the women in the seventeenth century who fantasised about the possibility of women’s education through to the men and women who scorned and parodied it. Concluding the exhibition will be the vision of the women who sought to create a space in Cambridge for women to study at the time in their lives which suits them.

Before any women’s colleges existed in England, Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle (1623-1673), imagined them in The Female Academy (1662) and The Convent of Pleasure (1668). Despite her elevated social status, ‘Mad Madge’ was mocked by men and women for her fascination with science and her desire to publish in her own name .

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