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UBC is honoured to be hosting the Pacific Northwest chapter of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ Fall 2017 meeting on Saturday October 21 (2017).

August 7, 2017

http://ssaww-pacific-northwest-reading-group.arts.ubc.ca/

UBC is honoured to be hosting the Pacific Northwest chapter of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ Fall 2017 meeting on Saturday October 21 (2017). This workshop, organized by Dr. Mary Chapman (Department of English, University of British Columbia) will be attended by graduate students and professors from UBC and other universities in the Pacific Northwest.

The SSAWW, one of the oldest feminist literary scholarly associations in North America, has been hosting semi-annual workshops/reading group meetings since the 1980s. Since its founding, regional chapters (Northeast, Southwest, Pacific Northwest) have been established that also meet twice yearly to discuss new scholarship and newly recovered literary works by American women writers. This will be the first time that any of these groups will meet in Canada.

This meeting will be devoted to a discussion of the work of Ella Rhoads Higginson (1862-1940), guided by invited scholar Dr. Laura Laffrado (Western Washington University).

The first prominent literary author from the Pacific Northwest, Higginson has been largely forgotten as a key American writer. At the turn from the nineteenth century into the twentieth century, readers across the continent were introduced to the remote Pacific Northwest region (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia, and Alaska) by Higginson’s descriptions of majestic mountains, vast forests, and scenic waters, as well as her explorations of indigenous cultures and culture of the Pacific Northwest. Higginson was celebrated for her award-winning popular fiction, nonfiction, and lyric poetry, which was set to music and performed internationally. She held the distinguished position as the first Poet Laureate of Washington State. Throughout her literary career, Higginson published nearly one thousand works in leading magazines and newspapers, while also writing books, including the novel Mariella, of Out-West(1902) and the nonfiction work Alaska, the Great Country (1908). Higginson’s reputation faded chiefly due to her singular position as a turn-of-the-century writer of the Pacific Northwest, far from other regions and writers at the time.

Thank you to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and UBC’s Faculty of Arts for their support of this workshop.

Organized by Mary Chapman
Department of English
VancouverBC Canada V6T1Z1

Pacific Northwest Society for the Study of American Women Writers Fall 2017 Reading Group

May 5, 2017

Pacific Northwest Society for the Study of American Women Writers Fall 2017 Reading Group

University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC Canada

Saturday, October 21, 2017

We are delighted to invite you to join us for the Fall meeting of the Pacific Northwest SSAWW Reading Group. This meeting will be devoted to a discussion of the work of Ella Rhoads Higginson (1862-1940).

The first prominent literary author from the Pacific Northwest, Higginson has been largely forgotten as a key American writer. At the turn from the nineteenth century into the twentieth century, readers across the continent were introduced to the remote Pacific Northwest region (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia, and Alaska) by Higginson’s descriptions of majestic mountains, vast forests, and scenic waters, as well as her explorations of indigenous cultures and culture of the Pacific Northwest. Higginson was celebrated for her award-winning popular fiction, nonfiction, and lyric poetry, which was set to music and performed internationally. She held the distinguished position as the first Poet Laureate of Washington State. Throughout her literary career, Higginson published nearly one thousand works in leading magazines and newspapers, while also writing books, including the novel Mariella, of Out-West (1902) and the nonfiction work Alaska, the Great Country (1908). Higginson’s reputation faded chiefly due to her singular position as a turn-of-the-century writer of the Pacific Northwest, far from other regions and writers at the time.

The workshop will be guided by invited scholar Dr. Laura Laffrado (Western Washington University) whose Selected Writings of Ella Higginson: Inventing Pacific Northwest Literature  (2015) brings together numerous works of fiction and nonfiction by Higginson. This workshop will follow the format of previous meetings:

1) A catered lunch sponsored by University of British Columbia (12-2pm),

2) a brief update on participants’ current research,

3) a three-hour discussion of the author’s works (2-5pm)

4) a no-host dinner.

 

Please RSVP mary.chapman@ubc.ca by August 30th so that I can book rooms and make reservations. Once I figure out how many people are coming, I will send information about where we will meet for complimentary lunch (12-2pm); for the meeting itself (2-5pm); and for the no-host dinner afterward. Please let me know about food allergies when you RSVP. Thanks.
Mary Chapman

Professor

Department of English

 

Transportation:
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) connects with all regional airports of the Pacific Northwest

To get to UBC from YVR, you have several options:

-Taxi ($33).

-Canada Line subway ($5) transferring to the #25 bus going west to UBC at the King Edward Station. All on-campus accommodation are within walking distance of the busloop.

-Cartogo or car rental.

-Please note: Uber does not operate in the City of Vancouver.

If you are driving, check any online map for directions to the North Parkade or Rose Garden Parkade at UBC

Parking on campus costs a daily maximum of $8, $11 if staying overnight.

 

On-Campus Accommodation:

West Coast Suites

From $149 per night

King bed + sofa bed

Includes private bathroom, full kitchen, WiFi, in-room safe

http://suitesatubc.com/accommodations/west-coast-suites/

 

Green College Guest House

From $90 to $100 per night

Standard and premium guest houses available

Includes private bathroom, mini fridge, coffee maker, WiFi

https://www.greencollege.ubc.ca/guest-accommodations

 

TRIUMF House

From $110 to $150 per night

Standard rooms and suites (with kitchenette) available

Includes private bathroom, WiFi

http://triumfhouse.ca/non-triumf-lab-ubc-rates.php

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Announcing the Summer 2016 Northwest Region SSAWW Study Group (register by May 23rd)

May 8, 2016

SSAWW Flyer Correct Book-page-001You are invited to the Summer 2016 meeting of the Northwest Region SSAWW Study Group, which will take place at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA (map and directions here). The meeting will be on Saturday, June 25th from 12:30-1:30pm.  Hor d’oeurves will be provided by the Whitworth English Department beforehand, starting at noon.  We will be meeting in Conference Room ABC in the Hixson Union Building.

The common texts for this meeting are four short pieces by Harriet Beecher Stowe, “Trials of a Housekeeper,” “What is Home,” “Servants,” and “Home Decoration.”  The readings total approximately 15 pages and will be sent out to all participants via PDF prior to the study group.  They come from The Oxford Harriet Beecher Stowe Reader, edited by Joan Hedrick.  If you would like to purchase the full book, you can get it on Amazon.  (Note: Amazon has the incorrect cover image for this book.  The correct cover image is used as the image accompanying this post.)

Please send an RSVP email by May 23rd to ldamico@whitworth.edu to let us know if you plan to attend the event, so we can plan refreshments accordingly. If you would like additional information about staying in the Whitworth dorms or about the Spokane area—or if you have any general questions about the plans for this summer’s study group—please feel free to contact us at anytime. New participants are certainly welcome, including undergraduates!

This year’s study group is being held in conjunction with the 20th anniversary Harriet Beecher Stowe Conference, which will be hosted at Whitworth from June 24-25. The conference will feature academic presentations, teaching roundtables, and even a one-person play about Stowe’s work with another abolitionist.  Our keynote is Dr. Laura Korobkin from Boston University, who will be discussing Stowe’s relationship with Charles Dickens.  More information about the Stowe conference can be found here.

You are welcome to come to the study group alone, attend the full conference, or attend the keynote dinner and the study group.  As always, the study group is free.  The conference is $55.00 for faculty and $45.00 for graduate students.  To attend the keynote dinner only, the fee is $25.00.  We’d love to have you at any or all of these events, as it promises to be an exciting time to come together to read, talk, and think about Stowe’s life and writings.

We are looking forward to an enlivening discussion.  Please let us know if you have any questions!

Sincerely,

LuElla D’Amico (ldamico@whitworth.edu)

Marlowe Daly-Galeano (hmdalygaleano@lcsc.edu)

 

Update: SSAWW Study Group

September 12, 2014

You are invited to the Fall 2014 meeting of the Northwest Region SSAWW Study Group, which will take place at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA. The meeting will be on Saturday, October 18th from 12:30-3:30pm, and lunch will be provided by the Whitworth English Department and the Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning. We will be meeting in Conference Room ABC in the Hixson Union Building.

The common text for the meeting is Elizabeth Stuart Phelps: Selected Tales, Essays, and Poems, edited by Elizabeth Duquette and Cheryl Tavin, which was released in June of this year. Elizabeth Duquette will be there as our special guest participant. You may purchase the text at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Elizabeth-Stuart-Phelps-Selected-Nineteenth-Century/dp/0803243979/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407447242&sr=8-1&keywords=elizabeth+stuart+phelps

Or at the University of Nebraska Press Website:

http://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/product/Elizabeth-Stuart-Phelps,675830.aspx

Please send an RSVP email by September 24th to ldamico@whitworth.edu to let us know if you plan to attend the event, so we can plan refreshments accordingly. If you would like additional information about hotels or the Spokane area—or if you have any general questions about the plans for this fall’s study group—please feel free to contact us at anytime. New participants are certainly welcome. We look forward to an engaging and thoughtful discussion!

Sincerely,

LuElla D’Amico (ldamico@whitworth.edu)

Christina Roberts (robertsch@seattleu.edu)

Tentative Schedule:

12:30-1:30—Luncheon with time for participants to meet and get to know each other

1:30-3:00—Discussion of Phelps edition

3:00-3:30—Business Meeting

Directions to Whitworth:

Street Address:
Whitworth University
300 West Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251

I-90 Heading West:

  1. Take the Division St. Exit (Exit 281)
  2. Follow N. Division St. for 6-7 miles (20-25 minutes)
  3. Turn Left onto Hawthorne Rd.
  4. Continue on Hawthorne Rd. for two blocks
  5. The main campus will be on the right side of the street and the Admissions Office, MacKay Hall, will be on the left side of the street.

I-90 Heading East:

  1. Take the Division St. Exit (Exit 281)
  2. Turn slight left onto N. Division St.
  3. Follow N. Division St. for 6 miles (20-25 minutes)
  4. Turn Left onto Hawthorne Rd.
  5. Continue on Hawthorne Rd. for two blocks
  6. The main campus will be on the right side of the street and the Admissions Office, MacKay Hall, will be on the left side of the street.

Map of Whitworth:

http://www.whitworth.edu/campusmap/

Local Accommodations the College:

Quality Inn Oakwood
7919 N. Division
Spokane, WA 99208
509.467.4900
888.535.4900
Driving distance to Whitworth: 1.68 miles

Comfort Inn
7111 N. Division
Spokane, WA 99208
509.467.7111
Driving distance to Whitworth: 2.18 miles

SSAWW Northwest Study Group Meeting (Respond by 9.24.14)

August 11, 2014

You are invited to the Fall 2014 meeting of the Northwest Region SSAWW Study Group, which will take place at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA. The meeting will be on Saturday, October 18th from 12:30-3:30pm, and lunch will be provided by the Whitworth English Department and the Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning. We will be meeting in George’s Place in the Hixson Union Building.

The common text for the meeting is Elizabeth Stuart Phelps: Selected Tales, Essays, and Poems, edited by Elizabeth Duquette and Cheryl Tavin, which was released in June of this year. You may purchase the text at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Elizabeth-Stuart-Phelps-Selected-Nineteenth-Century/dp/0803243979/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407447242&sr=8-1&keywords=elizabeth+stuart+phelps

Or at the University of Nebraska Press Website:

http://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/product/Elizabeth-Stuart-Phelps,675830.aspx

Please send an RSVP email by September 24th to ldamico@whitworth.edu to let us know if you plan to attend the event, so we can plan refreshments accordingly. If you would like additional information about hotels or the Spokane area—or if you have any general questions about the plans for this fall’s study group—please feel free to contact us at anytime. New participants are certainly welcome. We look forward to an engaging and thoughtful discussion!

Sincerely,

LuElla D’Amico (ldamico@whitworth.edu)

Christina Roberts (robertsch@seattleu.edu)

 

Tentative Schedule:

 

12:30-1:30—Luncheon with time for participants to meet and get to know each other

1:30-3:00—Discussion of Phelps edition

3:00-3:30—Business Meeting

 

Directions to Whitworth:

Street Address:
Whitworth University
300 West Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251

I-90 Heading West:

  1. Take the Division St. Exit (Exit 281)
  2. Follow N. Division St. for 6-7 miles (20-25 minutes)
  3. Turn Left onto Hawthorne Rd.
  4. Continue on Hawthorne Rd. for two blocks
  5. The main campus will be on the right side of the street and the Admissions Office, MacKay Hall, will be on the left side of the street.

I-90 Heading East:

  1. Take the Division St. Exit (Exit 281)
  2. Turn slight left onto N. Division St.
  3. Follow N. Division St. for 6 miles (20-25 minutes)
  4. Turn Left onto Hawthorne Rd.
  5. Continue on Hawthorne Rd. for two blocks
  6. The main campus will be on the right side of the street and the Admissions Office, MacKay Hall, will be on the left side of the street.

Map of Whitworth:

http://www.whitworth.edu/campusmap/

Local Accommodations the College:

Quality Inn Oakwood
7919 N. Division
Spokane, WA 99208
509.467.4900
888.535.4900
Driving distance to Whitworth: 1.68 miles

Comfort Inn
7111 N. Division
Spokane, WA 99208
509.467.7111
Driving distance to Whitworth: 2.18 miles

 

 

 

 

Study Group Meeting

August 11, 2014

Hi, everyone,

I’m working on putting together a study group for SSAWW-NW here in the fall in Spokane.  Does anyone have any work they’d like to preview or discuss in particular?  If not, I can choose something, but I thought I’d open this up just in case.

Please reply to ldamico@whitworth.edu.

Thanks!

LuElla

______________

Dr. LuElla D’Amico
Assistant Professor of English
Secretary of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Society
Whitworth University
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251


If anyone is interested in reinvigorating the Pacific Northwest SSAWW Study Group, would you please contact me offline at Sharon.harris@uconn.edu?

I would be particularly interested in looking at newly recovered/discovered works and the latest critical studies; an emphasis on Pacific Northwest writers for some of the sessions would be interesting as well.  Let me know if you are interested and any suggestions for readings that interest you.

 Thanks, Sharon

———-

Sharon M. Harris

Dept. of English

University of Connecticut

   (now residing in Washington State)

sharon.harris@uconn.edu

SSAWW 2015 Conference panel from SSAWW Northwest Study Group

July 10, 2014

The cfp for the SSAWW 2015 conference is now posted: http://ssawwnew.wordpress.com/2015-conference/ssaww-2015-call-for-papers-deadline-2-13-15/.   We wanted to let you know that regional study groups have a guaranteed panel. The submission guidelines are on the website, and include the request that complete panels let their submitters know by the end of January (the due date for complete panels is Feb. 13, 2015) so that those who are not successful can still submit electronically.

–Rita Bode

Readings for the November 13 Meeting

October 11, 2010

Denny’s Blazing the Way

Ch. 3 from Klingle’s Emerald City

Ch. 6 from Merchant’s American Environmental History

Introduction from O’Brien’s Firsting and Lasting

Thrush’s “City of the Changers”

SSAWW NW Meeting in Seattle, November 13, 2010

September 15, 2010

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 13th!

Women Writers and the Settlement of the Pacific Northwest: The Cultural Legacy of Emily Inez Denny’s Blazing the Way, Or True Stories, Songs, and Sketches of Puget Sound and Other Pioneers (1909)

Join other colleagues around the region for a daylong dialog about the legacy of Emily Inez Denny’s written account of early Puget Sound-area pioneers. In a similar fashion to other narratives of settlement, Denny’s book demonstrates the incredible cultural influence of certain non-fiction narratives. Denny utilizes themes found within many frontier narratives (threat of Indian attack, virgin lands, exaggeration of pioneer activities, etc.), and these themes helped to pave the way for the development of the region. The group will focus on various approaches to the study of Emily Inez Denny’s Blazing the Way and examine secondary sources that offer supplementary information about early Seattle history and the literary and cultural significance of Denny’s book.

In addition to engaging conversation about scholarly and pedagogical approaches to Blazing the Way, the group will also visit the Museum of History and Industry to examine the visual representations of Seattle’s early history.  The museum visit will take place in the morning from 10-11:30, and the cost will be minimal ($8).  If we have enough confirmed participants, we can also request a group discount.

For the fall meeting, the group will meet at Seattle University, located on Capitol Hill and near downtown Seattle.   Please RSVP to Christina Roberts (robertch@seattleu.edu) by Oct. 29th.

Please RSVP by Friday, October 29th


Suggested Primary Readings

Denny, Emily Inez. Blazing the way, or True Stories, Songs and Sketches of Puget Sound and Other Pioneers.  Chapters 3, 4, and 7. (available online as Google book and as .pdf document)

Klingle, Matthew.  Emerald City: An Environmental History of Seattle. Chapter 3, “The Imagination and Creative Energy of the Engineer: Harnessing Nature’s Forces to Urban Progress.” (excerpt available as .pdf. document)

Thrush, Coll.  Native Seattle. Chapter 2, “Terra Miscognita.” (excerpt available as .pdf. document)

Suggested Secondary Readings

Carlson, Lucile. “Duwamish River: Its Place in the Seattle Industrial Plan.” Economic Geography. 26.2 (April 1950): 144-154.  (available through JSTOR)

Merchant, Carolyn.  American Environmental History. Chapter Six, “Urban Environments, 1850-1960.” (excerpt available as .pdf. document)

O’Brien Jean.  Firsting and Lasting: Writing Native Americans Out of Existence in New England. Introduction, “Indians Can Never Be Modern.” (excerpt available as .pdf document)

Thrush, Coll.  “City of the Changers: Indigenous People and the Transformation of Seattle’s Watersheds.” Pacific Historical Review. 75.1 (Feb. 2006): 89-117. (available through JSTOR)

PDFs of the readings and additional information available at https://ssawwnw.wordpress.com/

Directions to Seattle University

http://www.seattleu.edu/campus_community/visit_campus/directions_area_maps/driving_to_main_campus/

Visitor parking is available at the 12th Ave & E. Marion parking lot.

Campus map

http://www.seattleu.edu/campus_community/visit_campus/campus_maps/main_campus_map/

Airport and Hotel

The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is the main airport for the greater Seattle area.  There are numerous transportation options to get from the airport to downtown Seattle, and there are many wonderful attractions that change frequently.  Check out additional information at http://www.visitseattle.org/, where you can also find hotel discounts and other offers.  The Silver Cloud Hotel (http://www.silvercloud.com/broadway.php) is the closest to Seattle University, and the website offer a small discount if booked online in advance.

Agenda

9-9:30am                     Continental breakfast and introductions

Meet on 5th floor of Casey building

http://www.seattleu.edu/campus_community/visit_campus/campus_maps/main_campus_map/

9:30-11:30am              Shuttle Van. Visit MOHAI and other relevant Seattle-area landmarks

11:30-12:30                 Lunch at Seattle University

12:30-4pm                   Afternoon sessions

  • Discuss readings

o       Emily Inez Denny and pioneering families

o       Klingle’s environmental history of Seattle

o       Future of (bioregional) scholarly discourse?

  • Break w/beverages and light dessert
  • Share pedagogical strategies

o       Academic service learning

o       Community-based research

o       Other authors to include – goal will be to compile research/teaching bibliography that can be mailed to regional group.

  • Business

o       Spring meeting logistics

5pm                             Dinner at local restaurant

Invitation to the April 24 Meeting

February 27, 2010

Invitation to attend the Spring 2010 meeting of the American Women Writers Research Group

Dear Colleagues,

You are cordially invited to be a discussant and participant in the Spring 2010 meeting of the American Women Writers Research Group for the Northwest Region.  The meeting will take place on Saturday, April 24 from 11am-5:30pm in the Bundy Reading Room, ground floor of Avery Hall, on the Washington State University Campus in Pullman, Washington.

The topic of the reading list for our discussion is “Anthologies and Critical Editions.” Christina Roberts (Seattle University) and Michelle Fankhauser (Washington State University) have compiled the list.  We will be discussing selections from texts by Mourning Dove and Julia Ward Howe.  See the blog entry below for the reading list and links to PDFs of the readings.  At the April 24 meeting, we will discuss the scholarly significance of the texts on our reading list, their place in the history of women writers, and ideas about teaching them.

The Washington State University Department of English and the Society for the Study of American Women Writers have generously offered to sponsor this meeting.  WSU English is providing our meeting room, and WSU English and SSAWW will be funding lunch and afternoon refreshments for our day of discussion.

Please send an RSVP email by April 10 (mfankhauser@wsu.edu) to let us know if you plan to attend, and if you can make the dinner after the meeting, as we need to inform the caterers and restaurant of our numbers.  We look forward to seeing you at the Pullman Campus for what we hope will be a useful and engaging discussion!

Sincerely,

Michelle Fankhauser (mfankhauser@wsu.edu), Donna Campbell (campbelld@wsu.edu), and Amber Lapiana (amber_lapiana@wsu.edu)

Schedule:

11-12pm: visit to WSU’s Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) (http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/friends/MASC-Gifts.html) – Curator Trevor Bond has graciously agreed to meet with us and let us view the collected papers of Mourning Dove.  The MASC is on the ground floor of the Holland-Terrell Library.

12-1pm:  Lunch–Participants will gather in the Bundy Reading Room for lunch and conversation

1-2pm: Introductions and Conversation with Gary Williams – Gary Williams, Professor and Department Chair of English at the University of Idaho, will join us to discuss his discovery and subsequent publication of Julia Ward Howe’s The Hermaphrodite and its current inclusion in the Heath Anthology.  Professor Williams will make his comments and then take questions from the group.

2-3pm:  Discussion

3-3:30pm:  Coffee and dessert break

3:30-5:30pm:  Discussion and Business

6-8pm:  Dinner at The Black Cypress (215 E Main Street, Pullman)

The meeting starts a bit late in the day to accommodate participants who are coming from some distance.

Dinner:

We hope you can join us for dinner after the meeting at the Black Cypress in Pullman.  When you email to RSVP to the meeting, please let us know whether you plan to attend dinner or not.  The restaurant has a blog that is slightly out of date but still gives you an idea of the menu: http://www.theblackcypress.com/.

Accommodations in Pullman:

The Pullman Chamber of Commerce website, which lists all the hotels in Pullman: http://www.pullmanchamber.com/visit-pullman/where-to-stay/

Travel to Pullman:

Tacoma is served by Spokane airport (http://www.spokaneairports.net/), which has car rentals and shuttle/taxi service to Pullman.

Information about traveling to the Washington State University Campus can be found at

http://visitor.wsu.edu/.

Driving directions can be found here (we’re meeting on the WSU campus in the Bundy Reading Room, Avery Hall):   http://www.campusmap.wsu.edu/directions/seattle.html

WSU campus map:  http://www.campusmap.wsu.edu/

WSU web site:  http://www.wsu.edu/

WSU Campus Parking (the easiest and lest expensive option is to park in the garage under the Holland-Terrell Library – this is where the MASC is and it is a short walk to Avery Hall from there): http://www.campusmap.wsu.edu/pdfs/Parking-Map-Low-Res.pdf

And see the blog entry below for even more information on Pullman.

If you need any additional information about the meeting or your travel, you can contact:

Michelle Fankhauser (mfankhauser@wsu.edu), Donna Campbell (campbelld@wsu.edu), or Amber Lapiana (amber_lapiana@wsu.edu)