Advocacy and Statements
In light of the Supreme Court’s decision on the administration’s Executive Order concerning travel, the SAA reaffirms its statement on inclusion and mutual respect as expressed below. We remind our members that we continue to share the sentiments expressed in President Heather James’s February 2017 letter to the membership on this topic.
The SAA joins sister ACLS organizations in signing a statement on the proposed program cuts at the University of Wisconsin, Steven Points.
The SAA joins sister ACLS organizations in opposing US Congress proposal to tax tuition waivers, 28 November 2017.
The SAA was founded on principles of inclusion, open exchange, and mutual respect. Its pioneering seminar system welcomes scholars from all locations and of all professional standings to meet around its seminar tables. We value the international diversity of our membership and condemn any policy or directive that impedes the movement of scholars into and out of the United States. Click for more.
- SAA Statement on Racial Justice
SAA Statement on Racial Justice
Dear SAA members,
The Shakespeare Association of America stands with those fighting racial injustice in America. We are grieved and outraged by the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade, the most recent in a long history of racialized violence and inequality in our country. We join with other scholarly organizations in our continued resolve to work towards change. We all have a role to play in combating racism, white supremacy, and police brutality, and in building a more just and inclusive society.
As educators, we are poised to play a leading role in working actively to eradicate racism and prejudice in all spaces of teaching and learning. As scholars of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, we know well the violent histories of race and racism, of slavery, settler colonialism, and prejudice on the basis of color, nation, custom, and religion. As literary critics and Shakespeareans, we know the potential of language and performance to challenge and dismantle racist ideologies. With such knowledge comes responsibility. When we do not actively teach and practice anti-racism in our curriculum and policies, we are complicit in perpetuating racism. Furthermore, we must be sensitive to the specific concerns of different communities and recognize that African-Americans are often targets of an anti-black racism that we must address and counter.
We stand united in our anti-racist aspirations as we work to create and sustain spaces within the SAA, as within our classrooms and communities, to speak and act against racial injustice and inequity, while offering support and solidarity to members, students and colleagues who are affected by racism every day. We find ourselves at a crossroads in history that will test who we are and what we stand for. Together, we must commit to anti-racism and each contribute in our own ways and in our own work toward racial justice and equality.
Natasha Korda, President, and the Board of Trustees of the Shakespeare Association of America
Click here for a list of antiracism resources curated by the SAA Diversity Committee. It includes resources for developing antiracist syllabi and classes, and lists materials that are especially accessible to undergraduate students. To submit new resources for consideration, please email email@example.com.