Lydia Maria Child Society – ALA 2017 Boston

Lydia Maria Child Society Activities during ALA 2017

We welcome you to the ALA in Boston and hope that you’ll be able to take part in one or more of our activities!

Friday, May 26:  Walking tour of Medford, MA, and Medford Historical Society and Museum

Dr. Kyna Hamill, of the School of Theatre at Boston University, will be leading us on a 45-minute walking tour of Medford, beginning at Medford Square, that will focus on significant Lydia Maria Child sites.  This walk will end at the Medford Historical Society and Museum (MHSM), where we will see artifacts such as an 1826 portrait of Child and Child’s “Floral Souvenir” scrapbook.  Lunch in Medford will round off the tour.

Gather in Medford at 10am at Medford Square in front of the doughnut shop at 35 Riverside Avenue, where the 95 bus from Sullivan will drop off the Westin group.  Kyna will meet us here.

Travel from the Westin:  Those who would like to go in a group from the Westin to Medford using public transportation (subway and bus) can meet in the hotel.  The round-trip cost will be approximately $10.  We will meet in Westin’s lobby by 9am and leave immediately.

The tour will be “easy walking,” which comfortable footwear may enhance.  You may wish to bring rain gear and/or sunscreen.  Unfortunately, the MHSM is not wheelchair accessible.  We are happy to arrange for the Child artifacts to be brought to Medford’s Public Library, which is two blocks from the MHSM, if such accommodations are requested.

Sadly, the LMCS cannot provide financial assistance.

Please e-mail Sandy Burr at by 5pm on Monday, May 15, to sign up for the trip.  We’ll use the total number to plan on a head count and to make lunch reservations in Medford.  Please include your need for wheelchair accessibility and your plan to either meet us in the Westin lobby or at Medford Square, 35 Riverside Avenue.

Saturday, May 27:  Panels and Business Meeting

8:10am to 9:30am

Session 14-D   Social Justice Pedagogy Roundtable

Organized by the Lydia Maria Child Society

Moderator: Sandra Burr, Northern Michigan University

  1. Jacqueline Emery and Carol Quirke, SUNY College at Old Westbury
  2. Marlowe Daly-Galeano, Lewis-Clark State College
  3. Philip Kadish, Hunter College, City University of New York
  4. Tracey-Lynn Daniels-Lerberg, University of Texas at Arlington
  5. Lucy Sirianni, University of California at Berkeley
  6. Sarah Olivier, University of Denver

9:40am to 11am

Session 15-D   Limning the Possibilities of Lydia Maria Child

Organized by the Lydia Maria Child Society

Chair: Sarah Olivier, University of Denver

  1. “‘Invisible Danger’: Lydia Maria Child and Writing Race in Mammoth Cave,” Emma Newcombe, Boston University
  2. “Cookbook Morality: Child vs. Corporate Cookbooks,” Linda Civitello, Independent Scholar
  3. “‘Nothing But a Tiger’: Portraits of Lydia Maria Child,” Kyna Hamill, Boston University
  4. “Dialogic Spiritualism in Child and Poe: Philothea and the Cosmology of ‘Eureka,’” Adam C. Bradford, Florida Atlantic University

2:10pm to 3:30pm

Session 18-M   Business Meeting: Lydia Maria Child Society


CFP: Transformations: Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy (Deadline: 05.31.2017)


TRANSFORMATIONS: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy

Deadline: May 31, 2017        All Topics Welcome

Guest Editor: Jason Martinek

 Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy opens the gates for this issue to jargon-free pedagogy-related articles on all topics. Transformations is a peer-reviewed journal which invites college teachers to take pedagogy seriously as a topic of scholarly articles. It is an interdisciplinary forum for pedagogical scholarship exploring intersections of identities, power, and social justice.Ordinarily, we publish themed issues, but this issue is open topic.

            Submissions should explore strategies for teaching in the classroom and in non-traditional spaces (such as the media and public discourse). We welcome jargon-free essays from all disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. We seek articles (5,000-10,000 words) and short essays for the “Methods and Texts” section (1500-3000 words).

 Transformations is available on JSTOR and Project Muse.

 For author instructions and submissions guidelines go to: www.editorialmanager/transformations

Deadline: May 31, 2017

Queries welcome.

Topics for pedagogy-related articles might revisit themes of past Transformations issues, or might include:

·         The politics of teaching

·         The role of internationalization, globalization, transnationalism in teaching

·         The politics of education

·         Teaching social justice and/as activism

·         Changing relationships between K-12 and the university

·         The status of interdisciplinary programs and teaching

·         Teaching in historical perspective

·         Teaching and gender, sexuality, and race

·         Educating communities

·         Connections between classrooms and communities

·         Reflections on change in literary canons or historical periodization

·         How “de-professionalization” affects teaching: reliance on adjunct faculty, student debt, etc.

·         Changing relationships between and status of teaching and research

·         Technology in teaching

·         Teaching controversies

·         The statuses of STEM, STEAM, and the humanities

·         Changing role of the government in teaching

 Past issues of Transformations include: Teaching Community, Teaching Disability, Teaching Popular Culture, Teaching and Religion, Teaching Food, Teaching Feelings, Teaching Digital Media, Teaching Sex, and Teaching Earth. Please familiarize yourself with the journal before submitting. Read articles in previous journals. You can find them online via Project Muse and JSTOR.

                                     Visit our website to order past issues.

 To submit an article to Transformations, please visit and create an author profile. The online system will guide you through the steps to upload your article for submission to the editorial office: Please use MLA format (7th edition). If you have an idea for an article, but want advice in advance, please send inquiries to Jacqueline Ellis and Ellen Gruber Garvey, Editors,