The Cervantes Society of America was founded in 1978 and held its first membership meeting in San Francisco in December 1979. The Society's purpose is to advance the study of the life and works of Miguel de Cervantes through the promotion of communication and cooperation among its members, through the publication of reviews of books and articles and reports on pedagogical approaches to Cervantes's work, through descriptions of research currently in progress by members, through discussion at annual meetings, and through such other means as may tend to deepen and broaden understanding of Cervantes and his works. The official languages of the Society are English and Spanish. The Society's Constitution was published in Cervantes 6 (Spring 1986), 91-96.
Officers: The Society's current officers are Carroll B. Johnson, President; Edward H. Friedman, Vice President; and Theresa Sears, Secretary-Treasurer. The Executive Council consists of ten members, five of whom are elected by the membership at large, and the other five by regions. Current members are: Ellen Anderson, Marina Brownlee, Anthony Cardenas, Michael McGaha, Adrienne Martin, Nina Cox Davis (Midwest), Patricia Kenworthy (Northeast), George Mariscal (Pacific Coast), Iluminada Amat (Southeast), and Joseph V. Ricapito (Southwest).
Publications: The Society publishes the journal Cervantes, containing scholarly articles in English and Spanish on Cervantes's life and works, reviews, and notes of interest to cervantistas. The journal appears twice yearly; the latest issue is 20, 1 (Spring, 2000). The Editor of the journal is Daniel Eisenberg, Excelsior College, 7 Columbia Circle, Albany NY 12203. The Book Review Editor is William H. Clamurro, Division of Foreign Languages, Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas 66801-5087. The newsletter is edited by Theresa Sears, Secretary-Treasurer.
Meetings: The Society holds its annual meetings either in conjunction with the annual convention of the Modern Language Association or, in alternate years, at another site selected by the Executive Council. The annual meetings consist of an open business meeting and several sessions devoted to presentations of papers on topics announced in advance. A call for papers for these meetings is published in the Newsletter.
Membership: Membership is open to all persons interested in Cervantes, and includes subscription to Cervantes and to the Society's Newsletter. Dues are $20.00 a year for individuals, $40 for institutions, $30.00 for couples, and $10.00 for students. For membership and subscription, send check in dollars to Professor Theresa Sears, Secretary-Treasurer, The Cervantes Society of America, Romance Languages Dept., University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Greensboro, NC 27402.
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