As we wrap up our celebration of the bicentennial of Melville’s birth we're also thinking about drawing new members into the Melville Society!
That work is increasingly difficult in a moment when both full-time positions and streams of research and travel funding are diminishing at a rapid rate. So we hope you will be part of this new initiative to create travel awards for the upcoming Melville Society Conference in Paris.
Melville Society Travel Awards will enable us to defray the cost of attendance for scholars of limited means (i.e. contingent faculty, graduate students without travel funding, scholars who aren’t otherwise able to afford international travel, or independent scholars). And our hope is that these awards will expand and diversify the participants in our biannual conference. We think that recruiting a new generation of members is essential to the future of the Melville Society, and these grants can play a significant role in that crucial work.
In 2019 we were stunned by your generosity, when we raised $4000! This year we hope to raise at least $3200 to be able to offer eight $400 awards. (Conference fees will also be waived.) We are happy to add that these gifts are tax deductible!
Thanks so much for considering being part of this new project. We hope you'll be willing to join us in this initiative—and to help us support the future of the Melville Society.
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