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 SHAW AND THE ISS

 

The ISS, not to be confused with the International Space Station, was founded in the U.S.A. in 2004 to give Shaw Studies more of an international reach and perspective. The acronym “ISS” emphasizes Bernard Shaw’s continuing presence, if only as a talkative spirit with very relevant things to say, rare in their relative sanity, humanity, and civilizing good humor. If you like humor of the hyperbolic, satiric, paradoxical, and ironic sort, Shaw is your man.   If you need a translator, the ISS specializes in that.

 

 ISS conferences and symposia, accompanied by at least one Shaw play, have occurred in the U.S.A., Canada, Ireland, and the UK. Alas, the conference scheduled on May 27-29, 2020, planned for Cáceres, Spain, with “Shaw and Europe" as its theme, has had to be canceled due to the pandemic. The annual Symposium at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, scheduled for July 23-25, 2020, will be replaced by a Zoom Symposium. To register for that at no cost, go to shawsymposium2020.weebly.com. A dedicated Shaw Symposium Zoom link and password will be distributed to registrants shortly before the Symposium begins. A final schedule will appear by July 15. Return here in December to see what 2021 will bring.

 

If Shaw had a creed, it was in this combination of quotations:  “This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. . . . I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to  future generations.”

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 R.F. Dietrich,

 Founding President

dietrich@shawsociety.org