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Shaw Scholar Prof. Leonard Conolly works internationally in three new appointments

Wednesday, March 31, 2004, Peterborough

Trent University Prof. Leonard Conolly, former President and Shaw Scholar, has recently been appointed to three positions that broaden the boundaries of his studies internationally.

Prof. Conolly, who regularly teaches Shaw and Shakespeare as a faculty member in the Department of English, has been appointed to the advisory council of an international society established to support the study of Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw. Based at the University of South Florida, this new society is intended to broaden international co-operation among Shaw societies around the world. The International Shaw Society recently completed its first conference, at which Prof. Conolly presented a paper, and is planning for a symposium at the Shaw Festival at Niagara-on-the-Lake this year.

Prof. Conolly has also been appointed to the advisory board on the Internet Shakespeare Editions (ISE) - a project based at the University of Victoria. The project, international in scope and supported by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) funding, will see a collection of scholarly Shakespearean texts and background material made available on the Internet. Prof. Conolly's role is to advise the ISE board on the publication of this material in book form.

A third appointment sees Prof. Conolly as the consultant editor to a project that will compile Shaw manuscript collections into microfilm editions that will be available to major libraries. Currently the largest Shaw manuscript collection is housed at the British Library in London.

Prof. Conolly is a member of the Academy of the Shaw Festival and has been reading, seeing, and studying Shaw’s work for 45 years. These appointments link directly to his research. Prof. Conolly recently published an edition of the correspondence between Shaw and leading theatre director Barry Jackson from 1920 - 1950, and is currently working on a critical edition of Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession and a book on Shaw's relationship with the BBC. Prof. Conolly was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2002.


For further information, please contact: Prof. Leonard Conolly, 748-1011, Ext. 1729.




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