Next meetup. No e-mail.

For those on the mailing list: your coordinator has been dealing with a series of computer breakdowns, and the computer guru apparently did not transfer the mailing list from one program to the other. I can recover it, but I’m about to leave for a conference and can’t do it right now.

NEXT MEETUP: Thursday, February 28, 7-8:30. University Club at UMass. Strategizing about outreach, plus networking and socializing.



2 comments on “Next meetup. No e-mail.

  1. Marla Harris says:

    Hi, my name is Marla, and I’m an independent scholar (literature, history, pop culture) in metrowest Boston. Having looked for something like your group for years, I was excited to read about it. Unfortunately, it’s too far away for me to attend, especially on weekday evenings. Does anyone have any suggestions about how I should go about setting up a similar group closer to me? Despite all the colleges around here, there doesn’t seem to be much of a support network for independent scholars. Do you ever hold events on weekends? I’ve subscribed to follow your blog, but I’d love to find a way to participate somehow.

    • Welcome to the blog, Marla, and feel free to participate as much or as little as you can. We haven’t had any gatherings on weekends so far, but it’s definitely worth a thought.

      About starting a group: just identify your purpose, choose a date and place, and get the word out. You probably know a lot about networking by now. So invite the other independent scholars you know; contact your faculty seminars and your academic associations. Print media – a press release to the local papers – actually proved very effective for us. Paper posters, the blog, and word of mouth have brought people in. Social media are still in the experimental stage, but you could probably get a lot of mileage out of them.

      We are not formally affiliated with any national group, but some of them might offer some useful advice or support. You might look into the National Coalition of Independent Scholars or Versatile Ph.D. The Ronin Institute is doing wonderful work as a community of individuals, though it isn’t set up to have affiliate groups.

      Hope this is helpful — to you and maybe to others as well.

      — Patricia Appelbaum

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