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PostGreetings from John Eipper, the New WAIS Co-Editor (Michigan, USA) (John Eipper, USA, 08/29/06 2:18 am)
Dear Fellow WAISers:
I was deeply honored when asked by Dr. Phyllis Gardner and the WAIS board,
as well as by Prof. Hilton, to take over the editorship of WAIS. I was
contacted about this possibility shortly after the conclusion of our last
conference. After deep reflection (and some terror about the time
commitment involved), I accepted the offer. I cannot assure you that I
can lead WAIS for 41 years, as Prof. Hilton has so ably done, but I will
do my best to fulfill my responsibilities for the near future, and to
oversee the health and prosperity of the diverse and wonderful
organization of scholars that WAIS is.
I am keenly aware of the difficulty of continuing with the grace,
intelligence and worldly experience of Professor Hilton, although I will
try to moderate the WAIS discussions with his tact and prudence. It will
certainly be impossible for me to have lived as much history as Prof.
HiltonËœwhen I was invited to join WAIS in 2000, I was awed by Prof.
Hilton šs personal memories of iconic figures as diverse as Herbert Hoover,
Federico Garcia Lorca, Alexander Kerensky, among countless others of whom
I had only read about in books. I trust that our beloved organization
will continue to enrich itself from Prof. Hilton šs wisdom for a long time
to come, as he remains in the capacity of WAIS president.
Like Prof. Hilton, I am primarily a Hispanist. I received my PhD in
Spanish from the University of Michigan in 1991. I have traveled
throughout Europe and Latin America. I also have keen interests in Russia
and Eastern Europe, Asia, and the rich geographical diversity of the
United States. In addition to Spanish, I speak a passable French,
Portuguese, and Russian, and always strive to improve my rather
rudimentary Japanese. I also hope to add Chinese-language studies to my
portfolio in the not-so-distant future.
There are still many pending details regarding the transition in the
editorship. WAIS has always been, and will remain, a Stanford
organization, though we are working out a consortium arrangement between
Stanford and Adrian College (Michigan), where I am Associate Professor of
Spanish and Chair of Modern Languages. I will inform WAISers of the
nature of this consortium as the details are hammered out.
For now, please send your postings to the following address:
I will edit and post your messages in as timely a manner as I can. I am
firmly committed to continuing the even-handed, žmugwumpish, ° and
infallibly polite editorial tone that Prof. Hilton has turned into an art
formËœI promise I shall never be žun-WAIS-like °! And of course, I invite
your suggestions as to how I can be a success with this enormous new
May the light and peace of WAIS flourish for the next 41 years!
Pax, John Eipper
ps. I ask that you allow me a few days' worth of learning curve to work
with a rather lengthy address list. I trust this message reaches everyone
John Eipper, PhD
Dept. Modern Languages
Adrian College, MI 49221