The purpose of the International Ovidian Society (IOS) shall be to advance the study of Ovid, with attention to all media and time periods and a commitment to supporting students and younger scholars. This purpose shall be accomplished by (1) sponsoring panels at the Society for Classical Studies and regional conferences in North America; (2) sponsoring international conferences; (3) promoting scholarship and other intellectual exchange between Ovidians broadly construed; (4) promoting outreach to a wider public; and (5) expanding into other scholarly, pedagogical, and outreach programs, as the Steering Committee (SC) might deem useful.

This corporation is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.


1. Eligibility: Any person wishing to support the purposes of the Society shall automatically become a member by payment of annual dues as determined by the SC. Anyone who has paid dues for the year is part of the general membership of the IOS. The IOS is an international organization, so membership is open to all nationalities. The membership year is the IOS’ fiscal year, July 1 to June 30.

2. Annual dues: The SC shall establish and determine membership categories and fees.

3. Rights: Any member in good standing is entitled to vote upon any issue that comes before the membership for a vote. Any member in good standing is also entitled to bring up any matter for consideration to the SC, provided that at least one member of the SC is willing to sponsor the matter. The SC may determine that certain IOS activities or opportunities are available only to members.

4. Non-voting members: the SC shall have the authority to establish and define non-voting categories of membership.