The annual meeting of the American Council of Learned Societies brings together delegates and administrative officers of our member societies, representatives of institutional associates and affiliates, and friends of ACLS from foundations, from government agencies, and from across the academic and public humanities. It offers a substantive program of broad interest to the scholarly community that ACLS represents. As constitutionally mandated, the Council meets to hear the Report of the Treasurer, to vote on the annual budget, and to take formal action on societies recommended for ACLS membership. The Conference of Executive Officers convenes directly after the annual meeting.
The 2017 ACLS Annual Meeting was held on May 11-13 in Baltimore, MD. The annual Charles Homer Haskins Prize Lecture was delivered by Harry G. Frankfurt, professor emeritus of philosophy, Princeton University. Other highlights included:
- the admittance of the Austrian Studies Association as the 75th ACLS member society;
- a conversation between Pauline Yu and Earl Lewis, president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation;
- presentations by ACLS fellows on their research;
- a luncheon speech by Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and
- a session on “Who Speaks, Who Listens: The Academy and the Community, Memory and Justice."