The 2016 ACLS Annual Meeting began on Thursday, May 5 at 5:45 pm with welcome remarks from ACLS President Pauline Yu, followed by a session entitled “Extending the Reach of the Humanities PhD.”
Pauline Yu started off events on Friday, May 6 at 9:00 am with her report to the Council. There were then micro reports from ACLS member societies, the Meeting of the Council, and presentations by ACLS fellows. William “Bro” Adams, chairman of the National Endowment of the Humanities, was the luncheon speaker.
By vote of the Council, the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) was admitted to ACLS as its seventy-fourth member society. SHARP was founded to create a global network for book historians working in a broad range of scholarly disciplines. Research addresses the composition, mediation, reception, survival, and transformation of written communication in material forms from marks on stone to new media. Also by vote of the Council, the group of executive officers of ACLS member societies, known as the Conference of Administrative Officers, was renamed the Conference of Executive Officers.
The first afternoon session was a conversation with Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation. The remainder of the afternoon consisted of a set of breakout sessions on the following topics: (1) constructive approaches for adjunct faculty, (2) PhD career diversification, (3) creative approaches to annual meetings, (4) inequality and disparity in the humanities, (5) advocating for the humanities: a new toolkit for scholarly societies, and (6) democratic engagement in teaching and learning.
The 2016 Charles Homer Haskins Prize Lecture was delivered by Cynthia Enloe, research professor in the Department of International Development, Community, and Environment at Clark University, followed by a reception in her honor following the lecture.
Further information on the annual meeting, including videos of select sessions, will be available here in due course.
Thursday, May 5
Extending the Reach of the Humanities PhD - 5:45-7:00 pm,
Reception - 7:00-7:30 pm, Salon Foyer
Buffet Supper - 7:30-9:30 pm, Salon 1-3
Friday, May 6
Executive Committee of the Delegates and New Delegates Breakfast Meeting (members of this group only) - 7:30-8:30 am, Studio A
Continental Breakfast - 7:45-9:00 am, Salon 1-3
President's Report to the Council - Pauline Yu
9:00-9:30 am, Salon 4
Micro Reports from Five Member Societies - 9:30-9:45 am
Meeting of the Council - 9:45-10:30 am
Coffee Break - 10:30-10:45 am
Emerging Themes and Methods of Humanities Research: Discussion with ACLS Fellows - 10:45 am-12:00 noon
Pre-Lunch Reception - 12:00 noon-12:30 pm, Salon Foyer
Luncheon Speaker - William "Bro" Adams, chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities
12:30-2:00 pm, Salon 1-3
Conversation with Darren Walker, president, Ford Foundation
2:00-3:00 pm, Salon 4
Breakout Sessions - 3:00-4:00 pm
1) Constructive Approaches for Adjunct Faculty - Salon 5
2) PhD Career Diversification - Salon 6
3) Creative Approaches to Annual Meetings - Salon 7
4) Inequality and Diversity in the Humanities - Studio A
5) Advocating for the Humanities: A new toolkit for scholarly societies - Studio B
6) Democratic Engagement in Teaching and Learning - Studio C
ACLS Board of Directors Annual Meeting Review (members of this group only) - 4:00-4:30 pm, Boardroom
The Charles Homer Haskins Prize Lecture - 6:00-7:00 pm, Salon 4
Cynthia Enloe, Research Professor, Department of International Development, Community, and Environment, Clark University
Reception and Buffet Supper - 7:00-9:30 pm, Salon 1-3
Saturday, May 7
Breakfast - 7:30-9:30 am, Salon 1-3
Conference of Administrative Officers (CAO) Spring Meeting (members of this group only) - 8:30-11:30 am, Studio E
Optional CAO Session - Legal Issues Review - Stephen Shaefer, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, L.L.P. (members of this group only) - 11:30 am-12:15 pm, Studio A
You can find information on past annual meetings here.