Don’t let the July issue of Speculum be your last. If you haven’t yet renewed for 2017, please do so by June 30 to avoid a disruption in your subscription and other MAA benefits.
If you attended our recent Annual Meeting in Toronto, you will have seen first-hand how the Academy is working to support all medievalists everywhere, a mandate codified by our values statement (online here: https://medievalacademy.site-ym.com/?page=Policies). To demonstrate our continued commitment to these values, and with your help, the Academy increased its support of members in 2016, especially student, independent, and contingent scholars, through the numerous awards and fellowships offered annually. We inaugurated an annual Digital Humanities and Multimedia Studies Prize in 2016 and will be launching several new prizes, grants, and initiatives in 2017. We hope you will renew your membership and participate in the Academy’s efforts.
You can easily pay your dues through the MAA website (http://medievalacademy.org) or by returning this form. We invite you to take this opportunity to explore our website and, after signing in with your username and password, update your personal homepage so that you can connect with other members with similar interests. Members can now use their personal MAA homepage to indicate an interest in being considered to serve on one of our committees or to review books for Speculum. In this way we hope to engage more members in our work.
Since the Medieval Academy is a membership organization not affiliated with any other institution, we rely on the income received annually from member dues to maintain our program of publications, awards, grants, and conferences. We encourage all members to consider supplementing their membership by becoming a Sustaining or Contributing member or by remembering the Academy with a bequest as part of our Legacy Society. In addition, you may want to give a gift membership to a colleague or student; please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A healthy fiscal outlook and a solid membership base will ensure that the Medieval Academy can continue to offer valuable services and programs to all of its members. If you haven’t already, we sincerely hope that you will renew soon and continue your valued membership in the Academy. We look forward to working with you in developing the future of the Medieval Academy of America and of medieval studies in North America and beyond.
Margot Fassler, President
Lisa Fagin Davis, Executive Director