Harper Fund Award 

2016 George Mills Harper Graduate Student Travel Fund Award
Elizabeth Swails, University of Georgia    

“Send a little flower: Emily Dickinson's Expression of Sympathy during the Civil War”
To be presented in Dystopic Dickinson. Or is it Utopic Dickinson? 

Honorable Mentions
Shayani Bhattacharya, State University of New York at Buffalo
"Inside/Outside Losing My Head: Liminal Bodies in Shelley Jackson's Half-Life"    
To be presented in The Dystopian/Utopian Body I 

Jessica Williams, Savanah College of Art and Design
“Public Masculinity, Private Queerness: Staged Masculinity in Stars' Homes”
To be presented in Performing Gender: Cultural Ideals, Expectations,
and Representations of Gender in American and British Culture 

2017 Harper Fund Application Form has closed. 

Application Deadline: June 23, 2017

In honor of SAMLA past president George Mills Harper, SAMLA established the Harper Fund Award to provide graduate students with travel funds to attend the annual conference. Professor Harper’s academic career spanned over 50 years, and he provided exceptional leadership and service to
the association.

From his early years on the family farm in the Ozarks to his matriculation from Culver-Stockton College to UNC-Chapel Hill to his later chairmanship of the English Department at Florida State University, Harper concentrated his writing and research efforts in Irish studies, particularly focusing on W. B. Yeats. In 1981, Dr. Harper received an honorary doctorate from Trinity College Dublin in recognition for his critical work in studying Yeats and the occult.

As a memorial fund for Dr. Harper, The Harper Fund is maintained through your generous donations. You may make donations directly via our online Harper Fund Donation form or during your membership submission/renewal or conference registration processes.

 Please contact Dan Abitz at samla@gsu.edu or 404.413.5816 with any questions.