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The Arthur Miller Society was founded in 1995 by Steve Centola
Individual Membership is $30 per annum, $10 for students, $30 for overseas. Lifetime membership is $500 (NB If given as a gift this would be tax-exempt due to our 501c3 status). Members can attend scheduled meetings of the society (these usually take place at ALA as well as during the conferences that the society organizes), and speak and vote on society issues. They will also receive announcements of the society’s activities, and copies of the Arthur Miller Journal. (Please include an e-mail address as well as mailing address with your application so we can add you to the society’s listserve).
Members are encouraged to participate in a variety of Conferences for which the society organizes panels, and whenever possible, to promote the study of Arthur Miller and his work, by facilitating performances, scholarship, primary and secondary publications, and general interest. Please send any information pertaining to these goals to Sue Abbotson. Also note the society’s offer below to reimburse conference fees to students and independent scholars who have presented a paper on Arthur Miller at a recognized conference.
To join, please send a check (or international money order in American dollars) made payable to The Arthur Miller Society, to:
100-14 160 Avenue,
Howard Beach, NY 11414
Please include name, address, e-mail and academic affiliation (where appropriate) to whom the membership applies.
You can also send in your membership via Paypal:
| President 2016-2018
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
|Vice President 2016-2018
San Joaquin Delta College
St. Francis College
Board of Directors
Sue Abbotson, Rhode Island College; Jane Dominik, San Joaquin Delta College; Kate Egerton, Berea College; Paula Langteau, University of Wisconsin, Marinette; Lew Livesay, St. Peter’s College; Brenda Murphy, University of Connecticut; Josh Polster, Emerson College; and Matthew Roudané, Georgia State University.
Honorary Board (deceased*)
Christopher Bigsby, Steve Centola*, Joan Copeland, Gerald Freeman, Hal Holbrook, James Houghton, Robert A. Martin*, Masahiro Oikawa, and June Schlueter.
So far, the society has organized twelve conferences entirely around the works of Miller, and sponsored two broader American Drama conferences, the first at St. Francis College, Brooklyn in 2008, and the second at Kean University in 2010. The hope was to repeat the latter, if possible, on a biennial basis, but we need to find venues and people willing to organize, so please contact the society officers if you are interested in bringing this to your college/university. Drama is a sadly neglected academic genre, and joining forces with other playwright societies is one way in which we hope to make a bigger impact, as well as offer greater scope and interest to those participating. The Twelfth International Arthur Miller Conference marked Miller’s Centennial at St. Francis College, Brooklyn in October 2015. Previous AMS conferences were held at Saint Peter’s College, NJ, Nicolet College, Rhinelander, WI; Felician College, Lodi, NJ; San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, CA; St. Francis College, Brooklyn; Millersville University, PA; Utica College of Syracuse University, NY, and Community College of Southern Nevada. Check the AMS Conference archive pages for lists of papers presented at past conferences. Many of these conferences have been tied in with a performance of a particular Miller play. We are always seeking new conference venues for future years, and would welcome any suggestions–please contact the current President, David Palmer directly. Please check out the events page for more details on the society’s involvement with upcoming conferences and calls for papers and contributions to books. Anyone can present a paper on Miller at the conferences the society sponsors, but we especially encourage members to become involved.
Since 1996 the society has been a member of the American Literature Association, at whose annual meetings we usually host two panels, as well as schedule society meetings and possible screenings or roundtables. Click to see an archive of all the panels we have presented at ALA in the past: here. If you are interested in organizing panels for regular conferences, such as ALA, ASTR, ATHE, MLA, CDC, NEMLA or American Studies etc., please let any one of our officers know of your interest.
There have also been occasional special conferences, such as the one at Kean University in February 1999 which discussed the influence of the Holocaust on Miller’s work, and was organized to coincide with a performance of Playing For Time. We returned to Kean in Fall 2010 for an American Drama conference built around their production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, which was also a tremendous success.
In an ongoing effort to encourage Miller studies, The Arthur Miller Society voted at its annual meeting in May 2017 to reimburse conference fees for students and independent scholars who deliver papers on Miller at established academic conferences. We encourage people to join The Arthur Miller Society, but you do not need to be a society member to apply for this reimbursement.
To apply for a reimbursement, please email the following items to David Palmer, the current president of the Miller Society:
The first time a student or independent scholar is approved for a reimbursement, the person also will receive a free one-year membership in the Arthur Miller Society, which includes a subscription to the two issues of The Arthur Miller Journal that the society publishes during that year. The journal is peer reviewed and is published by Penn State University Press. Its articles are included in major academic databases.