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ACLS Annual Meeting




2018 ACLS Annual Meeting
April 26-28
Philadelphia, PA

The 2018 ACLS Annual Meeting will be held April 26-28 at the Sheraton Society Hill, One Dock Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19106. (215) 238-6000.

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The meeting will begin on Thursday, April 26 at 5:45 pm with welcome remarks from ACLS President Pauline Yu, followed by a session entitled “The Contested Campus: Speech and the Scholarly Values” with Leon Botstein, president of Bard College; Jerry Kang, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion at the University of California, Los Angeles; Judith Shapiro, president of The Teagle Foundation and president emeritus of Barnard College; and Ben Vinson III, dean of Columbian College of George Washington University. The session will be moderated by Steven Rathgeb Smith, executive director, American Political Science Association. A reception and buffet dinner will be offered at 7:00 pm.

Pauline Yu will start off the events on Friday, April 27 at 9:00 am with her "Report to the Council." There will be micro reports from ACLS member societies, the Meeting of the Council, and presentations by recent ACLS fellows. Senior Deputy Chairman Jon Parrish Peede of the National Endowment for the Humanities will be the luncheon speaker.

The first afternoon program will be a plenary session entitled "Democracy and the Contemporary Mediascape." The panelists are Tara McPherson of the University of Southern California and Siva Vaidhyanathan of the University of Virginia. The session will be moderated by ACLS Board member, Marwan M. Kraidy, professor of communication and the Anthony Shadid Chair in Global Media, Politics & Culture at the University of Pennsylvania.

The remainder of the afternoon will consist of breakout sessions on the following topics : (1) Free Speech and Scholarly Values, (2) The Contemporary Mediascape, (3) TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem), a joint initiative of the Association of American Universities, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Association of University Presses, (4) Learned Societies and Professional Misconduct/Accusations of Sexual Harrassment, and (5) The Humanities at Community Colleges.

At 6:00 pm, the 2018 Charles Homer Haskins Prize Lecture will be delivered by Sally Falk Moore, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Anthropology Emerita at Harvard University. There will be an opportunity to speak with Professor Moore at the reception in her honor following the lecture.


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