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ACLS Annual Meeting




2015 ACLS Annual Meeting
May 7-9
Philadelphia, PA

The 2015 ACLS Annual Meeting was held May 7-9 at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel in Philadelphia, PA.   

The meeting included a report from President Pauline Yu, presentations by recent ACLS fellows, and an address by William "Bro" Adams, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. A plenary panel addressed "Literacies in the 21st Century." The annual Charles Homer Haskins Prize Lecture was delivered by Wendy Doniger, Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago.

At the Council meeting, the Shakespeare Association of America was admitted as the 73rd member society of ACLS. Read more.

The meeting schedule is below.  A meeting summary and videos of meeting sessions and the Haskins Prize Lecture will be posted shortly.

The annual meeting of the American Council of Learned Societies 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 Administrative Officers convenes directly after the annual meeting.


Welcome Reception (all are welcome)
5:45-6:30 pm, Hamilton

Buffet Supper
6:30-8:00 pm, Hamilton

Aligning Humanistic Scholarship with Public Engagement, Collaboration, and the Digital Realm
8:00-9:30 pm, Ballroom A&B

Executive Committee of the Delegates and New Delegates Breakfast Meeting
(members of this group only)
7:30-8:30 am, Boardroom

Continental Breakfast
7:45-9:00 am, Ballroom Foyer

Emerging Themes and Methods of Humanities Research: Discussion with ACLS Fellows
9:00-10:15 am, Ballroom CD&E
Nicola Courtright (moderator), William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of the History of Art, Amherst College; Vice Chair, ACLS Board of Directors
Sylvia Houghteling, 2014 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow, PhD Candidate, Department of the History of Art, Yale University
Grace A. Musila, 2011 African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellow, Senior Lecturer, English, Stellenbosch University
Margaret O'Mara, 2014 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellow for Recently Tenured Scholars, Associate Professor of History, University of Washington

10:15-10:30 am
Coffee Break

Report of the President
10:30-11:15 am
Pauline Yu

Meeting of the Council
11:15 am-12:00 noon

Pre-Lunch Reception
12:00 noon-12:30 pm, Ballroom Foyer

Luncheon Speaker
12:30-2:00 pm, Ballroom A&B
William "Bro" Adams, chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities

Program Session: Literacies in the 21st Century
2:00-4:00 pm, Ballroom CD&E
Keynote Speaker: Deborah Brandt, professor emerita of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dominic McIver Lopes, Professor of Philosophy, University of British Columbia
Richard M. Valelly, Claude C. Smith ‘14 Professor of Political Science, Swarthmore College
Holly Willis, Research Assistant Professor, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California
Philippa Levine (moderator), Member, ACLS Board of Directors, Mary Helen Thompson Centennial Professor in the Humanities, University of Texas at Austin

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, Benjamin Franklin Hall, American Philosophical Society (427 Chestnut Street, between 4th & 5th Sts)
"A Life of Learning"
Wendy Doniger, Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago

Reception and Buffet Supper
7:00-9:30 pm, Sheraton Society Hill Hotel, Ballroom AB&C

7:30-9:30 am, Ballroom A&B 

Conference of Administrative Officers (CAO) Spring Meeting (members of this group only)
8:30-11:30 am, Bromley/Claypoole

Optional CAO Session (Q&A with Stephen Schaefer of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston (CAO legal counsel)
11:30 am-12:15 pm, Bromley/Claypoole


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2016, May 5-7
Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel
Arlington, VA
Haskins Prize Lecturer: Cynthia Enloe

2017, May 11-13
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
Baltimore, MD