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2014 Annual Meeting - Amherst, Massachusetts

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Join EDIS in Amherst for the 2014 Annual Meeting and Institute, “Emily Dickinson and New England Writers.”

August 8 to 10, 2014

The Emily Dickinson International Society will hold its 2014 annual meeting program in Amherst, Massachusetts, from August 8 to August 10. This year’s theme is “Emily Dickinson and New England Writers.” The program, cosponsored by the Emily Dickinson Museum, will include presentations and activities related to the topic for all participants as well as an institute format for participants who have submitted papers on the theme for discussion in critical workshops. A preliminary schedule follows, and members are advised to check the EDIS website for the most up-to-date information as the weekend approaches. We hope to see many of you there!

To register for the Meeting, click here. Those who prefer may download and mail the registration form.

For information on lodging options during the annual meeting, click here.

For a map of the Amherst College campus, click here.

For information about the exhibits at the Frost and Jones Libraries, please click here.

Thursday, August 7

  • 1:00-6:00 pm Registration for Early Arrivals (Amherst College Alumni House Foyer)

Friday, August 8

  • 9:30-10:45 am Registration (Amherst College Alumni House Foyer)
  • 10:45-11:00 am Welcome and Meeting Overview (Alumni House Large Meeting Room)
  • 11:00am-12:15pm “Emily Dickinson’s New English” (Alumni House Large Meeting Room)
    Presenter: Karen L. Kilcup, The Linda Arnold Carlisle Distinguished Excellence Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • 12:15-1:30 pm Lunch on Your Own
  • 1:30-4:15 pm Institute Critical Workshops (Locations to be announced)
  • OR

  • 1:30-3:30 pm Discussion Workshops (Alumni House Small Meeting Rooms)

    Participants can select to attend either “Emily Dickinson and Henry David Thoreau” led by Nancy and William Pridgen (EDIS San Antonio chapter) or “Emily Dickinson and Elizabeth Strout” led by Lois Kackley and Greg Mattingly (EDIS Amherst Chapter). For more information on the discussion workshops, click here.

  • 4:30-5:00 pm Report on the Institute Critical Workshops (Alumni House Large Meeting Room)
  • 6:00-7:45 pm Reception and Banquet, Lewis-Sebring Commons, Valentine Hall, Amherst College
  • 8:00-9:30 pm “Henry & Emily: The Muses of Massachusetts,” Stirn Auditorium, Amherst College

    This three act, 90-minute play will be performed by its author/actor Jim Stapleton and actress Diana Bigelow. (Find more information at

Saturday, August 9

(All activities will take place in the Alumni House Large Meeting Room)

  • 9:30-10:30 am Annual Members’ Meeting - Click for Agenda
    Presider: Martha Nell Smith, EDIS President
  • 10:45am-Noon “Emily Dickinson’s Precincts of Freedom”
    Presenter, Jane H. Wald, Executive Director, Emily Dickinson Museum
  • 12:15-1:15 pm Box Lunch and Report on Discussion Workshops
  • 1:15-4:00 pm Free Time to Visit the ED Museum, to Take a Self-Guided Walking Tour of Amherst Writers’ Homes, or to explore the exhibition at the Jones Library.
  • 4:00-5:00 pm Maxine Silverman will read from Transport of the Aim, a garland of poems on the lives of Emily Dickinson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, and Celia Thaxter. (Find more information at
  • 5:00 pm-?? Join EDIS Board Members for Happy Hour followed by dinner on your own.

Sunday, August 10

(All activities will take place in the Alumni House Large Meeting Room)

  • 9:00-10:00 am Research Circle
    Convener: Ellen Louise Hart
  • 10:15-11:30 am “Back Talk in New England: Dickinson and Revolution”
    Presenter: Paul Crumbley, Professor of English and American Studies, Utah State University
  • 11:30 am-Noon Wrap-Up and Looking Ahead to 2015


Good evening! I am a professor of English and Literature from Colorado Springs, Colorado, who is interested in attending this August's meeting/workshop on Emily Dickinson, including the guest speaker presentations if possible. Would someone send me information about conference costs so that I can apply for professional development funding from my institution? Thank you very much. I can be reached at