Hi, everyone! Eric here, hoping to raise some on-line capital for IASPR, the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance. For only $2, you--yes! you!--can build a sturdy foundation for the Association: a Travel Fund to help scholars come to our international conferences; an Honorarium Fund to leverage money for speakers; a documented base of support beyond our membership rolls that will help spread the word about this new wave of romance scholarship. Give now, and I'll match your donation.
I'm calling this the "It Takes Two" campaign, and here's how it works.
1) Think of your favorite romantic couple, whether real or fictional. (Or your favorite menage: not picky here.)
2) Go to the IASPR website.
2) Scroll down until you see the "Donate" button.
3) Click on it, and donate $2 (or more!) via Paypal.
4) Come back here, and post a comment to this post announcing in whose honor you've made a donation! Grateful tributes, steamy anecdotes, whatever tip of the hat you prefer. If you're on Twitter, post your comment with the hashtag #ItTakesTwo.
To sweeten the deal, I promise to match the first $250 in donations. Hey, I did some extra teaching this winter. What better use for that money?
**UPDATE! As of 5/13/09, we have received exactly $300 in donations! I'm in for the $250, for a total of $550 raised so far. That's not even counting the new memberships, folks. Can we make it an even thousand?If you'd rather donate by check, you can make one out to IASPR and send it to me:
Prof. Eric Selinger
802 West Belden Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
To kick things off, I've just tossed $2 in the pot in honor of my grandmother, Shirley, and my late late grandfather, Manny. She's turning 101 next week, and although he passed away more than a decade ago, I'll never forget his utter and unabashed adoration of her, as though he never could quite believe that a woman like her had married a man like him. (They ran off to Reno to marry in secret, during the Great Depression. The stories she can tell!)
Here's to Manny & Shirley, real life romance hero and heroine, and here's to IASPR!
So, folks--who's in with me?