Concerns: 2002 Issue
Newsletter of the Midwest Women's Caucus for the Modern Languages 

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Midwest Concerns: Midwest Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages
Autumn, 2002
Co - chairs: Carol Lee Saffioti - Hughes, Ph.D.
English Department, UW - Parkside
Kenosha, WI 53141 - 2000

Janet Labrie, Ph.D.
English and Women’s Studies
UW - Waukesha, WI 53188

Treasurer: Frances M. Kavenik, Ph.D.
English Department, UW - Parkside
Kenosha, WI 53141 - 2000

Distinguished Paper Award:
We are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2001 Distinguished Paper award: Catherine M. Bryan (UW - Oshkosh), for her paper entitled, “Pariah as Paradigm: The Political and Literacy Works of Magda Portal.” It was presented at the panel entitled, “Recovering Lost Voices - Women of the Avant - Garde.” Congratulations to her for her fine work!
The Midwest Women’s Caucus of the Modern Languages continues to support outstanding scholarship with the presentation of the Distinguished Paper Award with its monetary recognition of $100, funded each year through membership dues. Each year we invite the presenters at the MMLA conference to submit their finished papers for consideration.
Nominations for the award may also be made by the chair of this session at which the candidate presents her/his work, and may be done after the conference by contacting either of the co - chairs. Papers need not be written by Caucus members to be considered, but must be clearly grounded in feminist principles of research, pedagogy, or other work in support of women’s issues, needs, and concerns in the profession. Anyone who presents a paper or discussion on such topics at the 2002 MMLA Conference is eligible for this year’s award.
Papers may be submitted after the November conference, no later than December 1 to co - chair Carol Lee Saffioti - hughes ( Please query first, regarding electronic submission of papers.
...News from the American Association of University Women:
AAUW Seeking Panelists for International Fellowships
The AAUW Educational Foundation is the largest and most notable private source of funding exclusively for graduate women and their research in the world. The organization supports aspiring scholars, teachers and activists, women at critical stages of their careers and those pursuing professions where women are under - represented. The eligibility criteria, applications for fellowships and grants, and criteria for AAUW’s prestigious national awards may all be downloaded from their award - winning web site: http:/ If you are not familiar with this organization, now is the time!
Also of note is their call for panelists to review applications for their International Fellowships, American Fellowships, Community Action Grants and Career Development Grants, Selected Professions Fellowships, Eleanor Roosevelt Teacher Fellowships, all of which require panels of judges from a wide spectrum of women in professions, including, but not limited to academia.
Applications for 2003 appointments to these review boards must be postmarked by January 15, 2003. The criteria for submission are also detailed at the web site, under the section, “Fellowships, Grants, Awards.” Vitae postmarked after that date will be held for future appointments.
This organization has had significant impact on national legislation including Title IX, and has task forces that regularly provide briefs and testimony in support of equity for women at the local, national, and international level. It is regrettable that so few women in academia are aware of the range of research and activist causes this organization supports, including the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund which provides individual case support for women fighting sex discrimination in the courts; they also make several awards supporting those who have advocated for change on behalf of women and girls.
If there is any organization which deserves your support, it is this one. If you do not have time to serve your local chapter, your dues can got to support these initiatives without you ever attending a meeting.


From the Editor...
No doubt, you have noticed changes in the publication of Midwest Concerns, as with this issue I begin my stint as editor. With this issue we are also returning to an internet presence, and I would like to direct you to our new web address: If you have difficulty getting there, please let me know, or try clicking fro my homepage: You will find our past 2001 newsletter there, which contains an older edition of our directory, and interest list, and eventually an update of this one.
As we see more and more financial contingencies the profession is indeed happening close to home, and that is what has always made the Midwest Women’s Caucus so wonderful. In addition to funding our Distinguished Paper Award, the membership funds help us to promote the work of those engaged in Women’s Studies and related research, teaching, and service through this newsletter, through our Caucus sessions and guest speakers at the MMLA Conference, as well as through other networking in support of women in the profession. We also support the work of our members through updates of research and creative activity.
It with great pleasure that I can announce that our guest speaker this year is co - sponsored by the Midwest Women’s Caucus of the Modern Languages, and the MMLA itself. Heid Erdich, distinguished writer and faculty member at St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota, is a member of the Ojibwe nation and the prolific Erdich family. She is a story - teller and poet who will speak of her recent work in collecting indigenous stories, and share with us her special vision of the world around her. A more complete listing of sessions is briefly listed on our back page.
In many native circles, the concept of preparing for the “Seventh Generation” means that elders were keeping faith, for the young of today to keep traditions alive. We can apply this concept to our mission by continuing to include and encourage those just entering the profession o flatters as women, and by keeping this organization vibrant and responsive. Our sessions this year reflect that vibrancy and diversity.
We look forward to renewing good friendships, making new ones, and meeting our newest members of the profession at the conference, and hope to find you at our sessions as well as our general Caucus meetings.

Best to you, and blessed be, from
Carol Lee Saffioti - Hughes
UW - Parkside

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