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LCSNA Spring 2022 Virtual Meeting

April 22, 2022 April 23, 2022 EDT

Illustration by DeLoss McGraw, 2003

Watch the 2022 Spring Meeting presentations on YouTube.

Program Updates & Information

The final LCSNA 2022 Spring Meeting agenda and program updates, links to Wonderland Award, other instructions, and support information will be updated here.

We recommend you come back to this location several times before the meeting. If you lose your ZOOM link or other information this is a good place to find help.

NOTE: All of the presentations will be recorded and available at a later date on the LCSNA YouTube Channel.


The meeting is free and open to the public. However, to ensure there are virtual seats for the event we ask that you register.


Zoom login:

The link will be the same for both days.

If you have trouble with the link, please manually enter Zoom Meeting ID: 945 4156 1228


The University of Southern California Libraries will host the Spring 2022 Meeting. All programs will take place virtually, through Zoom and other online platforms.

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Curious Ways In: Collecting, Performing, and Contacts with the Carrollian Universe

The Lewis Carroll Society of North America’s spring 2022 meeting–Curious Ways In: Collecting, Performing, and First Contacts with the Carrollian Universe–will explore the many and various means through which students, scholars, and enthusiasts find their ways into the worlds of Lewis Carroll.

The program includes a Lewis Carroll first-timer using computational, generative art to remix Carrollian visions through machine learning; collectors and fans who connect with Carroll through specific fandoms–brooches, beer, and more; a panel of diverse professionals–a brand strategist, an architecture professor, and a literary translation editor–who encountered Carroll and Alice through the Cassady Collection at USC, an encounter that continues to inform and enrich their personnel and professional lives; and many other ways of discovering ways into and through the Carrollian Universe.

Day One

ALL times are USA, Pacific Coast. A table with Eastern and UK times will be posted.

Welcome – 9:30 am
Catherine Quinlan, Dean of the USC Libraries
Linda Cassady, President, Lewis Carroll Society of North America

La caccia allo Squarlo: what happened to the Broker? – 9:45 am
Daniela Amansi

La Caccia allo Squarlo (orecchio acerbo, 2021) is the latest Italian translation of Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark. I will present the book, how it fits in the landscape of Italian Carrolliana (previous Italian Snarks and Jabberwockys), its choice of illustrations and the rule of “sound over sense” that influenced my translation choices – with tragic consequence for the poor Broker. I will read a few passages from my translation but no prior knowledge of Italian is required.

More Than Just “an Obscure Writer on Logic”: George Englebretsen’s critical insights into Charles Dodgson’s contributions to the field of logic. – 10:30 am
George Englebretsen & Mark Richards

Since the early 1970s Professor Englebretsen (Bishop’s University, Québec) has published a number of notes, essays and reviews, exploring aspects of Lewis Carroll’s work on logic. In commemoration of the recent re-publication of these important pieces (Carrollian Notes, 2021) George Englebretsen will discuss his work with Mark Richards, offering some critical insights into Dodgson’s contribution to this field of study. This conversation will include an open Q&A session and will serve as both an introduction to Dodgson’s work as well as an opportunity to explore what makes it unique.

Selwyndipity – 11:15 am
Selwyn Goodacre

Selwyn enjoys frequent discussions online with other Carroll scholars – on all manner of matters – like should ‘under’ in the title of Alice’s Adventures under Ground be upper or lower case? And what about the differing versions of Savile Clark’s Alice  play?

In the last few years he published two books of annotations to the Alice books: Elucidating Alice and Reflecting Alice. He will discuss why he wanted to do this when there was already a fine annotated edition by Martin Gardner (revised by Mark Burstein). He intends to publish a third volume – on The Hunting of the Snark – provisionally titled Engaging the Snark.

He will discuss his recently published book of essays written over the last 40 years – on a varied range of topics – including ‘The Illnesses of Lewis Carroll’, his investigations into the Carroll forgery, and a very critical piece on Sylvie and Bruno. There are essays on Beatrix Potter, and other children’s book writers (e.g. Kate Douglas Wiggin, Enid Blyton). Included are articles on certain medical matters, and essays of personal interest.

Lunch Break and Social Hour – 12:00 pm
Heather Simmons

On Beginning at the Beginning and Stopping at the End: Alice in a World of Wonderlands – the English-Language Editions, and Moving Beyond Tenniel – 1:15pm
Arnold Hirshon
Alice in a World of Wonderlands: The English Language Editions of the Four Alice Books Published Worldwide has been in development for over five years, and will soon be published.  As Jon A. Lindseth’s co-editor, Arnold Hirshon will discuss the development and contents of the two-volume set, which will include both numerous essays on the publication and illustration history of the books, life essays by the contributors, and ten checklists of the English-language editions published worldwide.  Hirshon will also discuss some of the findings from his extensive chapter “Beyond Tenniel: The Evolution of Visual Representations of Wonderland by Illustrators of the English-Language Editions” (which includes over 400 illustrations, many of which will be in color), as well as his research for the indexes and statistical findings about the illustrators and the publishers of the four books.

Paddy Whacked: Tenniel, Nast, and 19th Century Irish Caricature – 2:00 pm
Michael Dooley

Break – 2:45 pm

Wonderland Award: Where Are They Now? – 3:00 pm
Styles Akira, PhD, Brand Strategist and Market Researcher
Aroussiak Gabrielian, PhD, APF, ASLA, FAAR. Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism, USC
Genevieve Kaplan, PhD, Editor, Toad Press International

Wonderland Award Submissions, 2022 – 4:15pm
Digital Gallery Tour and Open Exploration
Anne-Marie Maxwell, USC

Wonderland Award Ceremony – 5:00 pm
Dean Catherine Quinlan, USC Libraries
Linda Cassady, LCSNA President
Award Presenters

Social Hour – 6:00 pm
Heather Simmons

Day Two

General Session with the LCSNA President – 9:00 am

Alice in Guinnessland – 9:15 am
Brian Sibley, Andy Malcolm, George Walker
Brian Sibley and the artisans at the Cheshire Cat Press, Andy Malcolm and George Walker, will give a fun talk about their adventures in creating a limited edition book entitled, Alice’s Adventures in Guinness 1929–1965. The seemingly unlikely story of why and how Alice became involved with the business of selling beer began in December 1929 when the Walrus and the Carpenter appeared on a poster promoting Guinness and oysters. How did a beer company get permission from Macmillan to use their property? Find this out and other mysteries during their talk and virtual studio visit with a pint of Guinness. Cheers!

Ballet Shoes and Hair Ribbons – 10:15 am
Kiera Vaclavik
This talk explores what Noel Streatfeild’s classic career novel Ballet Shoes: A Story of Three Children on the Stage (1936) reveals about Alice in the all-important decade of the 1930s. Analysis of a specific episode involving a professional performance of Alice in Wonderland and a broader comparison of the Alice books and Streatfield’s novel turns the spotlight on some understudied elements of Carroll’s work including girlhood in relation to performance, sisterly relations and agency.

Artificial Intelligence, Generative Art, and Alice – 11:15 am
Dazhi Zhong & Curtis Fletcher, USC

Lunch and Social Hour – 12:00 pm
Heather Simmons

Alice’s Adventures under Ground: A Wonderment – 1:00 pm
Stephanie Lovett
This talk is based on an essay Stephanie Lovett contributed to the forthcoming bibliography of English-language editions of Alice in Wonderland, and considers the nature and significance of Alice’s Adventures under Ground. What exactly is it from a bibliographical point of view, what does it tell us about Wonderland, what does it tell us about Lewis Carroll, and just how lucky are we to have this unique and mysterious book?

Communities of Engagement: Jewelry, Fashion, and Identity – 1:45 pm
Rebecca Corbett, USC; Michelle Liu Carriger, Patty Gaugan, UCLA

New Vorpal Adventures: Galumphing through the USC Libraries Cassady Collection – 2:30 pm
Rebecca Corbett, Bo Doub, Josh Hutchinson,
USC Libraries

Social Hour – 3:30 pm
Heather Simmons

Meet the Speakers

Styles Akira, PhD is a Brand Strategist and Market Researcher and a USC alum.

Daniela AlmansiDaniela Almansi is a translator from Venice, Italy. An avid reader of Nonsense, she studied Soviet children’s literature in Oxford and wrote on Translating Nonsense and Nonsensing Translation for her Ph.D. thesis in London and for a special issue of Bookbird,  Her translations of poetry include several limericks by Edward Lear, Korney Chukovsky’s Nonsense poem Krokodil (Crocodilo, orecchio acerbo, 2022) and The Hunting of the Snark (La Caccia allo Squarlo, orecchio acerbo 2021). Bio Portrait by Paolo Ventrice.

Michelle Liu Carriger, PhD is an Assistant Professor, School of Theater, Film and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles

Rebecca Corbett, PhD is the Associate University Librarian; Co-head & Japanese Studies Librarian, East Asian Library; Coordinator of the Cassady Lewis Carroll Collection, Special Collections

Michael Dooley is a creative director, author, educator and lecturer. He is an adjunct professor at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California.

Bo Doub, PhD is an Accessioning Archivist, USC Libraries

George EngelbretsenGeorge Englebretsen is a Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Bishop’s University in Québec, Canada. He has published extensively, especially on logic, the history and philosophy of logic, and the philosophy of language.

Curtis Fletcher

Aroussiak Gabrielian, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism at USC and a USC alum.

Patty Gaughan is at the University of California, Los Angeles

Selwyn GoodacreSelwyn Goodacre is a retired General Medical Practitioner. He has a large Lewis Carroll collection including over 2000 copies of the Alice books. He is a past chairman of the Lewis Carroll Society, and edited the Society journal from 1974-1997. He pursues an interest in all aspects of Children’s literature and more particularly in the works of Beatrix Potter and E Nesbit as well as Lewis Carroll. For years one of his special interests has been in the text of the Alice books, and a fascination for the books themselves, and has published annotated versions.

Arnold Hirshon retired in December 2021 as the Vice Provost and Lindseth Family University Librarian at Case Western Reserve University. His professional experience spans 48 years in positions of library and technology leadership at six research universities, and as the CEO of a non-profit organization for ten years. Within the library profession, Arnold is an author with extensive scholarly publications, and an international lecturer who has worked on six continents. A highly experienced international consultant for libraries, his assignments included serving as an advisor for a Carnegie Foundation program for major research universities in South Africa, and the development of a new university being established in Vietnam. Hirshon is a Past President of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, and he recently completed a term as the Chair of the Management Board of EIFL, an international association of library consortia in more than 40 developing countries across Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Josh Hutchinson, PhD is Head of Cataloging & Acquisitions, USC Libraries

Genevieve Kaplan, PhD is the Editor, Toad Press International and a USC alum.

Stephanie LovettStephanie Lovett, PhD is a two-time past president of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, and her publications include Lewis Carroll in Wonderland, The Art of Alice, and numerous articles and reviews. She also holds a PhD in the Cultural Foundations of Education and has taught/teaches Latin, Ethics, and World Religions.

Walker-and-MalcolmAndy Malcolm, owner of Footsteps Post-Production Sound in Canada, is an Emmy Award winning foley artist who has worked on numerous feature films and television shows, including Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. He is a long-time member of the LCSNA and is currently publishing books with George A. Walker, relating to Lewis Carroll at Cheshire Cat Press in Toronto. In 2005, Andy produced a film entitled, Sincerely Yours: A Film About Lewis Carroll, and is currently producing a documentary film entitled There’s Something About Alice

Mark Richards has been exploring the life and works of Lewis Carroll since the mid-1970s, with a particular interest in Carroll’s mathematics and his nonsense. He is a former Chairman of the Lewis Carroll Society (UK) and former Editor of The Carrollian. He has organised numerous conferences and study days and is currently developing a wide ranging collection of facilities to support Carroll scholarship.

Brian SibleyBrian Sibley is president of the Lewis Carroll Society and has been a member for over 50 years. He is also a member of the LCSNA. A writer, dramatist and broadcaster he has been responsible for many radio features, documentaries and weekly programmes, while his dramatisations have  have included The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Once and Future King, stories by Ray Bradbury and his award winning serialisations of Mervyn Peake’s ‘Gormenghast’ novels. He is also known for his biographies of C. S. Lewis, the Rev. W. Awdry and Peter Jackson and books on films and filmmaking as well as being author of the 1985 history, The Book of Guinness Advertising.

Kiera VaclavikKiera Vaclavik, PhD is Professor of Children’s Literature and Childhood Culture at Queen Mary University of London. Kiera’s research centers on children’s literature and childhood culture from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day, with a particular focus on Victorian works and their afterlives. Her project exploring the Alice books in relation to fashion and dress was supported by a 24-month AHRC fellowship and led to outputs including a fabric collection with Liberty, London, “The Alice Look” exhibition at the V&A Museum of Childhood which she curated (2015), and the monograph, Fashioning Alice: The Career of Lewis Carroll’s Icon, 1860-1901(Bloomsbury, 2019). Her most recent work on Carroll explores the long and fascinating tradition of male performance of Alice’s role, as well as the sonic dimension of his Alice books.

Walker-and-MalcolmGeorge A. Walker is an award-winning wood engraver, book artist, author and Associate Professor at OCAD University in Toronto. His artworks are in international collections at the Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto, The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa), New York City. George illustrated the first Canadian edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass both published by the Cheshire Cat Press. The Cheshire Cat Press is a partnership between Andy Malcolm and George Walker which continues to publish limited edition books featuring the work of Lewis Carroll.

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