I am very honored to have been elected President of Women in French, an organization that has been at the center of my academic career for many years. I look forward to serving Women in French in this capacity, and I am excited about what the future will bring to Women in French. I am so very grateful for the extraordinary and outstanding leadership of Women in French that has preceded me. In particular, I would like to recognize outgoing President Cecilia Beach, whom I’m honored to call my friend. You have been an inspirational leader to so many through your research and initiatives, and you continue to challenge us to find beauty and harmony from locations around the globe.
Many thanks also to the outgoing: Co-Vice Presidents Patrice Proulx and Susan Ireland, Treasurer Liz Berglund Hall, Midwest Regional Representative Névine El Nossery, Mid Atlantic Regional Representative Mercédès Baillargeon, Webmaster and Social Media Manager Leah K.S. Holz, WIF Studies Executive Editor Juliette Rogers, WIF Studies Advertising Manager Bendi Benson Schrambach, and WIF Studies Library Circulation Manager Maureen Perry.
I would also like to welcome our new officers: Vice President E. Nicole Meyer, Treasurer Noëlle Brown, Midwest Regional Representative Jennifer Howell, Rocky Mountain Representative Courtney Sullivan, Digital Content Coordinator Raquelle K. Bostow, WIF Studies Executive Editor Marijn Kaplan, Production Editor Annette Joseph-Gabriel, WIF Studies Advertising Manager Evelyne Bornier, and WIF Studies Library Circulation Manager Vicki De Vries.
I would equally like to thank those who are continuing to serve: Past President Cecilia Beach, Secretary Stephanie Schechner, New England and Eastern Canada Regional Representative Anna Rocca, South Atlantic Regional Representative Adrienne Angelo, South Central Regional Representative Theresa Varney Kennedy, Western U.S. and Western Canada Regional Representative Youna Kwak, Graduate Student Representative Tessa Nunn, and WIF Studies Book Review Editor Cheryl Toman.
I would particularly like to recognize and thank the ongoing work by several members who continue to serve: Newsletter Editor Cheryl A. Morgan, and Nominating Committee Co-Chairs Annabelle Rea and Colette Trout. Without your continued dedication to and tireless support of Women in French, we would not be the dynamic and extraordinary organization that we are today.
This past year, as in previous years, our Regional Representatives have been organizing fabulous sessions at the regional MLA conferences. The WIF sessions at these conferences continue to grow and bring stimulating discussions to our members and those in the larger research community. If you have not attended one of the regional MLA conferences, I encourage you to participate and attend the WIF sessions. You will not regret it!!
My colleagues, Michèle Schaal and Susan Ireland, and I were very much looking forward to welcoming you to the 10th International Women in French Conference at Iowa State University, May 14-16, 2020. Our theme « Les Voix et voies des marges » is one that is very important not only to us, the conference organizers, but also to the French and Francophone women authors on the literary scene today. While we must postpone the conference at this time, we are very pleased to announce that the conference will be held at Iowa State University, May 12-14, 2022. We are also so grateful and very excited to announce that both of our plenary speakers have already committed to our 2022 Women in French Conference: Anne Donadey (San Diego State University) and writer Claire Legendre (Université de Montréal). We will have further details soon and we look forward to welcoming you to Ames!!
As I close this letter, we are all dealing with and adjusting to our new way of working, teaching, and living. My hope is that it is not as some say “a new normal,” but that it is rather a moment that we survive and make it through. While “social distancing” is what we are all practicing, I would like to encourage us all to not think of it as distancing ourselves from one another and from society ... but to think of it as physical distancing. I realize it is semantics. However, one of the most crucial and important elements of Women in French for me has been the interactions I have with my fellow wifien.ne.s ... which have turned into lifelong friendships. I cannot imagine a world without that.
Wishing you health for you and those around you, and peace in this unprecedented time,
Newsletter Volume 34, Number 1