A Memorial Tribute for Dr. Karen Dandurand

Posted on 9/21/2011 11:33:46 AM

The university community is invited to attend a memorial tribute for Dr. Karen Dandurand to be held in Sutton Hall’s Blue Room on Wednesday, September 28, 2011.

The Blue Room will open at 5:00 p.m., and the program for Karen will begin at approximately 5:20 with various speakers reflecting and remembering Karen’s numerous academic and scholarly contributions to the English Department and to IUP. Light refreshments will be available.

Anyone with questions regarding the program is encouraged to please contact the English Department office at 724-357-2261.

Dr. Dandurand arrived at IUP in 1986 and served as director of Graduate Studies in Literature and Criticism for several years. She was a beloved teacher who was known for her interests in nineteenth-century American literature, women’s literature, autobiography, and letters.

Dr. Dandurand received her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass. A scholar of the poet Emily Dickinson, Dr. Dandurand helped published some works by the famous poet. Dandurand identified two anonymous poems published in 1858 and 1864 by the Springfield Republican as Emily Dickinson’s works. Dandurand’s “discovery” in the 1980s accounted for two of the seven in the Republican, and are the latest Dickinson poems to be identified.

She won the Norman Foerster Prize in 1984, and was also involved with the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Mass., as well as the Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society at St. Francis University in Loretto and the Olana Partnership of Hudson, N.Y.

Karen served as vice president of Development (2008–2009) for the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, and she was one of the founding editors of Legacy, a journal of American women writers now published by the University of Nebraska Press.

Posted on the Legacy website:

“A well respected scholar whose work focused on Emily Dickinson, she exemplified our ideals of archival recovery work and opened a venue through which many of us found support for and furtherance of our own scholarship on women.

“Karen exemplified the qualities of feminist scholarship. She was a mentor to many, drawing from them their best work through example and through her tireless support.

“We will miss her terribly.”