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ACLS Annual Meeting


The 2017 ACLS Annual Meeting was held on May 11-13 in Baltimore, MD. An outline of events appears below. A summary of the meeting, including videos of select sessions, will be posted shortly.

Thursday, May 11

  • Welcome remarks from ACLS President Pauline Yu
  • Session: “Who Speaks, Who Listens: The Academy and the Community, Memory and Justice. Panelists: Rosemary G. Feal (moderator), executive director, Modern Language Association; John DeGioia, president, Georgetown University; Denise Griffin Johnson, cultural agent, US Department of Arts and Culture; and Nicole King, associate professor and chair of the Department of American Studies and Director, Orser Center for the Study of Place, Community, and Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Friday, May 12

  • President Yu delivers Report to the Council
  • Micro reports from select ACLS member societies
  • Meeting of the Council, during which the Austrian Studies Association was admitted as the 75th ACLS member society
  • Session: Emerging Themes and Methods: Discussion with ACLS Fellows. Panelists: Peter Baldwin (moderator), professor of history, University of California, Los Angeles and member, ACLS Board of Directors; Ellen Muehlberger, 2013 Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellow, associate professor of Near Eastern studies and history, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; Candacy Taylor, 2016 ACLS Fellow, independent scholar; and Lina Verchery, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellow in Buddhist Studies 2015, doctoral candidate, Hard University
  • Luncheon speaker: Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Session: Pauline Yu In Conversation with Earl Lewis, president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • Session: breakout discussions on digital preservation, contingent faculty in the academic workforce, the annual conference and the community, evaluating public scholarship, and innovations in humanities curriculum.

The 2017 Charles Homer Haskins Prize Lecture was delivered by Harry G. Frankfurt, professor emeritus of philosophy, Princeton University.

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.


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Sheraton Society Hill Hotel
Philadelphia, PA

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New York Marriott Downtown Hotel
New York, NY

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