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Dear SAA colleagues,

As we move into the 51st year of our fellowship as the Shakespeare Association of America, we both acknowledge the contributions of the past and look forward to future initiatives. Even as we face uncertainty in the humanities and the arts world, the capacious scope of the SAA embraces book history, women and gender studies, critical race theory, global theater, mediascapes, and pedagogy — to name only a few approaches to Shakespeare and early modern culture from the list of panels for the 2023 conference. As an organization, we have responded to members’ feedback and instituted a number of measures to ensure the continuing vitality and viability of the SAA, which we have shared in recent newsletters. We now ask that you consider making a donation to support our organization as we move forward into our next fifty years.

Your donations are crucial to funding an array of initiatives that contribute to the breadth and depth of our community: travel grants for graduate students and contingent faculty who would otherwise be unable to join us at annual conferences; awards recognizing initiatives to “support and sustain broad and diverse Shakespeare publics” along with those recognizing dissertations, first books, and innovative articles; and residential fellowships at the Huntington and Folger that equalize access to special collections for colleagues at a wide range of institutions. Your contributions will be especially important this year due to the precarious circumstances faced by many of our members, including those who represent the future of our profession.

The SAA board and staff appreciates all of your contributions to the Shakespeare Association of America in whatever form they take — whether in the past and well into the future — and we hope you can make a donation at whatever level you can to support the work we do together.

Sincerely,

Bernadette Andrea
2022–2023 President
Shakespeare Association of America