Dana D. Nelson Vanderbilt University e have a new society. And it's not your old-timey author society. Inspired by Lydia Maria Child's activism, Sarah Olivier has crafted a society that "supports the pursuit of social justice and inclusive excellence through education, academic scholarship, creative projects, and social action" ("Constitution and By-Laws"). To facilitate that vision, the by-laws mandate that there be a vice president of Inclusive Excellence and Social Action, who shall create and organize programs and initiatives that are rooted in principles of social justice and equality with the assistance of the Executive Board; shall provide guidance to the Executive Board on creating and maintaining exemplary standards of inclusive excellence in membership, programming, and operations; shall advise in the creation of culturally diverse panel topics and selections for conferences; and shall lead in the development of social action initiatives that are feasible for the lmcs to undertake. Olivier, in other words, inspired by the author she honors in the creation of the society, crafted a vision and agenda for the society that actually connects the nineteenth to the twenty-first century and takes us far afield from the familiar activities of author societies. In this way (and in
Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Jun 20, 2017
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