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Founded in 1995 by Steve Centola

Membership

HOW TO JOIN:
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 the society's webmaster, Sue Abbotson, 15 Concord Avenue, Cranston, RI 02910: (401) 461 1668.

To join, please send a check (or international money order in American dollars) made payable to The Arthur Miller Society, to:

Steve Marino
100-14 160 Avenue,
Howard Beach, NY 11414

Please include name, address, e-mail and academic affiliation (where appropriate) to whom the membership applies.

Board Members

CURRENT OFFICERS

Sue Abbotson

Paula Langteau

President
Sue Abbotson, Rhode Island College
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Vice President
Paula Langteau, University of Wisconsin, Marinette
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Secretary/Treasurer
Stephen Marino, St. Francis College
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Board of Directors
Jane Dominik, San Joaquin Delta College;  Kate Egerton, Berea College;
Lew Livesay, St. Peter's College; Brenda Murphy, University of Connecticut;
Josh Polster, Emerson College; and Matthew Roudane, Georgia State University.

Honorary Board
Christopher Bigsby, Joan Copeland, Gerald Freeman, Hal Holbrook, James Houghton
Robert A. Martin, Mashiro Oikawa, June Schlueter.

Our founding President, Steve Centola, sadly passed away in 2008. You can check out our tribute on this site or go to a website, dedicated to Steve, that is managed by the Relay for Life team, The Art of the Possible, which continues to run each year in his honor and raise money from other events.

Conference Involvement

So far, the society has organized eleven 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 is to repeat the latter, if possible, on a biennial basis. 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 Eleventh International Arthur Miller Conference was held at Community College of Southern Nevada in October 2006.  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; and Utica College of Syracuse University, NY.  Check the AMS Conference archive pages for lists of papers presented at these 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, Sue Abbotson directly. Please check out the events page for more details on the society's involvement with upcoming conferences and calls for papers.  Anyone can present a paper on Miller at these conferences, 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 they usually host two panels, as well as society meetings and possible screenings. If you are interested in organizing panels for conferences, such as ALA, ATHE, MLA or American Studies, 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 a tremendous success.

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Last updated 5 January 2014