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    The 2016 annual meeting featured a conversation between Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, and Pauline Yu.

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    William Adams, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, was the 2016 annual meeting luncheon speaker. 

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ACLS Receives $8 Million from Mellon Foundation for Expanded Programming and Organizational Development 

The challenge grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will allow ACLS to amplify and extend our support for humanities scholars.

Ten Graduate Students Awarded Dissertation Fellowships in American Art 

The Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships were awarded to advanced graduate students pursuing promising dissertation research in the study of object- and image-based US art history.

Announcing Our Central Program’s ACLS Fellows 

Fellows represent more than 50 colleges and universities, and work in fields across the humanities on topics that span the globe and human history.

Act to Support the National Endowment for the Humanities! 

Join ACLS in voicing the need for continued federal support for the humanities.

March 14 is Humanities Advocacy Day 

The ACLS is partnering with the National Humanities Alliance to make clear to Congress that we oppose all efforts to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities. Please consider joining the effort by calling your members of Congress.

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Six Scholars of Religion Win Fellowships to Build Connections with Journalism 

The Luce/ACLS Fellowships in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs support scholars in the humanities and related social sciences who are pursuing research on religion in an international context and desire to connect their projects with journalists and media specialists.

ACLS Names 22 Frederick Burkhardt Fellows in 2017 

Burkhardt Fellowships support recently tenured faculty as they pursue long-term, ambitious research while in residence at institutions whose resources and scholarly communities are ideally suited to facilitate their research.

AAAS Commission on Language Learning Issues Final Report 

The new report by the Commission on Language Learning of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences calls for a national strategy to improve access to language learning and to place the need for language education at the forefront of education policies. 

Interested in Russia and US-Russian Relations? 

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB), the online collection curated by scholars, offers award-wining titles.

Nine Teams of Scholars Win ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships 

The teams that make up this year’s cohort of ACLS Collaborative Research Fellows transcend disciplines, institutions, time periods, or geographies (and, in some cases, all four) to shape new understandings of our world.

Act to Support the National Endowment for the Humanities 

Join ACLS in voicing the need for continued federal support for the humanities. Please visit Act Now to Support NEH! on the National Humanities Alliance's website to learn how your voice can be heard.

ACLS Research University Consortium Meets in New York City 

The consortium includes 35 leading research universities, each of which has pledged $50,000/year to enable the increase of stipends for scholars selected to receive ACLS Fellowships.

Advancing the Humanities in Africa: Senior and Young Scholars on Publishing 

The Manuscript Develpment Workshops of the African Humanies Program create an international environment for intellectual exchange in a safe space where academic humility allows for an interdisciplinary fruitful discussion.

Eighth Summit of National Fellowship-Granting Organizations 

The group meets yearly to discuss conditions surrounding funding for humaities research.

ACLS Mourns the Loss of Joyce Appleby 

A distinguished historian of the United States, Professor Appleby delivered the 2012 Haskins Prize Lecture on "A Life of Learning."

Pauline Yu Issues Statement of Fundamental Commitments 

President Yu's message to the community in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, with link to statements by ACLS member societies.

Catching up with Jane Greenway Carr F'14, Opinion Editor, CNN Digital 

Jane Greenway Carr spent two years as a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow and contributing editor at the Washington, DC think tank New America.

$250,000 Gift Celebrates ACLS's Past--and Future 

Board member Carl H. Pforzheimer III and his wife Betty have made an unrestricted gift of $250,000 in recognition of ACLS’s 97-year legacy of advancing humanistic studies.

2015 Mellon-ACLS Public Fellows Convene to Share Experiences and Discuss Opportunities beyond the Academy 

ACLS convened its annual Public Fellows Seminar in Philadelphia on August 25-27. The event, the third meeting of its kind for the six-year-old program, focuses on forging a network of PhD-professionals at similar stages in their careers.

ASEEES-MAG Convention in Lviv 

The Association of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) is a member society of the American Council of Learned Societies; MAG (International Association for the Humanities) was established by advisers as an outgrowth of  the ACLS-administered Humanities Program in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine (1998-2010).

2016-17 ACLS Fellowship and Grant Competitions Now Open 

Deadlines vary by program, with the first on September 28, 2016.

Thirty-Eight Scholars from Sub-Saharan Africa Named Fellows of the African Humanities Program 

Congratulations to the eighth cohort of the African Humanities Program (AHP)!

Seminar Celebrates Luce-ACLS China Studies Fellows 

Fellows and senior scholars gathered on June 15-17 in Glen Cove, NY.

Twenty-Eight Scholars and Two Institutions Receive Awards in the Third Year of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies 

The 2016 cohort of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Fellows and institutional grantees in Buddhist studies received over $2.1 million in support for research, writing, and teaching.

Watch: Ford Foundation President Darren Walker In Conversation with Pauline Yu 

Walker talks about the importance of asking "what drives persistent inequality,"

Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing Admitted to ACLS 

SHARP was founded in 1993 to create a global network for book historians working in a broad range of scholarly disciplines.

ACLS Names 20 Mellon-ACLS Public Fellows in 2016 

With the 2016 cohort, the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program now has supported more than 100 PhDs as they demonstrate that the capacities honed in the course of completing a PhD in the humanities have broad practical applications.

ACLS Names First Grantees in New Program Connecting Scholars of Religion and Journalists 

The inaugural cohort of grantees will develop new public programming, research working groups, and curricular ventures that increase the presence of scholarship on religion in journalism training and practice.

Thirty-Seven Scholars Receive ACLS Awards in 2016 to Support Research and Writing in China Studies 

This year's awardees will be pursuing research and writing on the history and cultures of China, including African and South Korean Pastor-Entrepreneurs in Guangzhou, Conceiving the Communist Child, Calligraphy by Zhang Huaiguan, and Chinese Culinary Nationalism.”

Harry G. Frankfurt Named 2017 Haskins Prize Lecturer 

Professor Frankfurt, professor emeritus of philosophy at Princeton University, will deliver the lecture on May 12, during the 2017 ACLS Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD.

ACLS Awards First-Ever Digital Extension Grants to Five Humanities Projects 

The grants support existing projects as they seek to add diversity to the digital record, create new forms for scholarly engagement, and make digital resources available to diverse audiences and institutions.

ACLS Names 66 Dissertation Completion Fellows 

The Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellows, who are from 32 different universities, are completing dissertations in a broad range of humanities and social science disciplines.

Eleven Graduate Students Awarded Dissertation Fellowships in American Art 

On this twenty-fifth anniversary of the Luce/ACLS program, fellows are pursuing promising research in object- and image-based US art history, funded by a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Announcing the Central Program’s ACLS Fellows 

Fellows include independent scholars as well as tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty of all ranks, from more than 50 colleges and universities, working on projects that span the humanities and humanistic social sciences.


Literary Critic and Scholar Stephen Greenblatt to Receive 2016 Holberg Prize 

"Stephen Greenblatt well deserves this prize for his rigorous scholarship that speaks to a multitude of audiences," said Pauline Yu, president of ACLS. "Congratulations to our good friend and former Board member!"

ACLS Announces 21 Frederick Burkhardt Fellows 

Burkhardt Fellowships support recently tenured faculty as they pursue long-term, unusually ambitious research while in residence at institutions whose resources and scholarly communities are ideally suited to facilitate the proposed research project.

Nine Teams of Scholars Awarded 2016 ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships 

The projects cross disciplinary, methodological, and geographic boundaries, and stretch team members beyond current practice to produce knowledge together they could not produce alone.

ACLS Humanities E Book Joins Mellon Foundation and NEH Humanities Open Book Initiative 

HEB is one of 10 institutions selected to convert out-of-print books of enduring value into free e-books available to the public.

Seventh Summit of National Fellowship-Granting Organizations 

Heads of nine organizations met at the ACLS offices.

ACLS Launches Program to Connect Scholars and Journalists around Role of Religion in World Affairs 

The new program, which is made possible by the Henry Luce Foundation, will offer grants to universities and fellowships to scholars to foster greater understanding of religion in public discourse.

Ten Universities Join ACLS’s Postdoctoral Partnership Initiative 

PPI aims to provide new data about the impact of postdoctoral fellowships on the careers of scholars and the institutions that host them.

ACLS Mourns the Loss of Cliff Kuhn 

Cliff was executive director of the Oral History Association and played the principal role in OHA’s admission to ACLS in 2014.

Announcing the Digital Extension Grant Program 

ACLS’s new Digital Extension Grants will support teams of scholars as they enhance existing digital projects and engage new audiences across a range of academic communities and institutions.

Marina A. Rustow F'09, F'14 Joins Growing List of ACLS Fellows to Receive MacArthur Award 

Rustow, a historian and director of the Princeton Geniza Project, is a two-time ACLS fellowship awardee.

ACLS Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities 

Join us on Twitter on Tuesday, September 29 at 1pm EDT using #NEHturns50.

ACLS Mourns the Loss of Carl E. Schorske 

Professor Schorske delivered the Charles Homer Haskins Lecture at the 1987 ACLS Annual Meeting.

Seed Funding for New Professorships in Buddhist Studies 

New grants for colleges and universities around the world that wish to develop teaching positions in Buddhist studies.

African Humanities Program Announces 2015 Fellows 

The 37 awardees reflect the breadth and vibrancy of the humanities in Africa.

2015-16 ACLS Fellowship Competitions Now Open 

Deadlines vary by program, with the first falling on September 23, 2015.

Symposium on “Buddhist Studies Today” 

The symposium, supported by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation and organized by ACLS, took place at the University of British Columbia, June 7–9, 2015.

New Fellowship in Honor of Ellen Holtzman 

The Luce/ACLS Ellen Holtzman Dissertation Fellowship in American Art will be awarded to an emerging scholar of demonstrated achievement whose research and writing concerns American modernism and art of the 1950s and 1960s.

2015 Buddhist Studies Fellows Begin Research Across the Globe 

ACLS is pleased to announce the second cohort of fellows in The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies.

Hip Hop Hits HEB! 

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB), the online collection curated by scholars, is pleased to announce that it will now offer scholarly titles in the emerging field of hip hop studies.

Video of 2015 Haskins Prize Lecture Released 

Speaking at the 2015 ACLS Annual Meeting, Wendy Doniger talks life, heresy in Hinduism, and attempts to suppress scholarship.

ACLS Organizes Symposium on Buddhist Studies Today 

The event, which will take place July 7-9 at the University of British Columbia, will celebrate the first cohort of Dissertation Fellows of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies.

Catching up with Korey Jackson F'12, Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services, Oregon State University 

Jackson, a 2012 ACLS Public Fellow, describes how his new role promoting collaboration between an academic library and a university press "engages the same problem-solving dopamine receptors" that led him to pursue a humanities PhD.

Thirty Scholars Receive Over $650,000 in ACLS Awards for China Studies in 2015 

China studies continue at ACLS, funded by the Luce Foundation, NEH, and CCK, for predoctoral  and postdoctoral research and workshops.

Pauline Yu Participates in #ScholarFest 

President Yu serves on the Kluge Center Scholars Council.

On the Passing of Kent D. Williamson 

Kent was a longstanding and valued member of the ACLS Conference of Administrative Officers.

ACLS Names 22 Public Fellows in 2015 

Awardees will take up two-year positions with top nonprofits and government agencies.

ACLS Offers New Fellowship Opportunity for Liberal Arts College Faculty 

Expansion of Burkhardt fellowship program comes as long-running Ryskamp program makes final awards.

ACLS Humanities E-Book at American Theological Library Association, June 18-20 

Lee Walton, HEB's national library account manager, will give a presentation on "Perceptions of Academic Librarians Regarding E-Books and the Humanities."

ACLS Mourns the Passing of Anthony C. Yu 

Professor Yu served on the ACLS Board of Directors from 1986 to 1994, chairing its committee on international programs for much of his tenure.

On the Passing of Peter Gay 

Professor Gay was an ACLS Fellow in 1958 and the 2004 Charles Homer Haskins Lecturer.

Shakespeare Association of America Joins ACLS 

The SAA was admitted to the Council at the 2015 ACLS Annual Meeting.

Announcing the 2014-15 Luce-ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art 

Ten fellowships were awarded to advanced graduate students pursuing promising and ambitious PhD research in the study of object- and image-based American art history.

Five ACLS Fellows Among First Recipients of Andrew Carnegie Fellowships 

The new program awards up to $200,000 to scholars, journalists, and authors to support research in the social sciences and humanities.

70 Fellowships Awarded to Advanced Graduate Students 

The 2015 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellows are from 29 universities and nearly 20 fields of humanistic study.

Announcing the 2015 Central Program’s ACLS Fellows 

Seventy awards were made to faculty of all ranks and independent scholars from across the humanities and humanistic social sciences.

ACLS Humanities E-Book Joins Association of American Publishers 

AAP is the trade association for US book publishers, providing advocacy and communications on behalf of the industry.

ACLS Mourns the Passing of Frederick M. Bohen 

Bowen served as chair of the ACLS Investment Committee from 1998 until 2003 and as a member of its Board of Directors from 1998 until 2007.

MAG (International Association for the Humanities) Sponsors Forum in Kiev 

Participants in the forum on "The Humanities and Democratization in Post-Soviet Lands" included scholars from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, and the United States.

Awards Announced for Charles A. Ryskamp and Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship Competitions 

The two programs, generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, support scholars who are embarking on ambitious, large-scale research projects at critical stages in their academic careers.

ACLS Awards Seven Digital Innovation Fellowships 

Selected from a highly competitive field of applicants, the awardees will dedicate a year to projects that further the digital transformation of humanistic research.

ACLS Societies Issue Joint Statement on Cultural Destruction in Iraq 

Societies "deplore in the strongest possible terms the destruction of works of art held by the Mosul Museum."

ACLS Humanities E-Book Announces 10 Top-Hit Titles 

Most frequently accessed e-books in the online collection include two by ACLS fellows.

ACLS Awards 2015 Collaborative Research Fellowships to 10 Teams of Scholars 

The scholars selected for funding cross boundaries of discipline, methodology, and geography to undertake new research projects that will result in joint publications.

HEB exhibits at CAA 

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB),  the online collection developed by scholars, will exhibit at the Book and Trade Fair that is part of the College Art Association’s 103rd Annual Conference at the Hilton Hotel in New York City on February 12-14.

Focus on the Society for Military History 

The Society for Military History is featured in the Focus on Member Societies series.  

Sixth Summit of National Fellowship-Granting Organizations 

The heads of nine organizations in the humanities met at ACLS on December 3 to discuss how best to support research scholars.

ACLS African Humanities Program (AHP) releases Recommendations for Reinvigorating the Humanities in Africa 

The recommendations by leading African academics will be presented at the African Higher Education Summit in Dakar in March 2015.

EEPS Awards First Michael Henry Heim Translation Prize 

Jennifer Croft received the prize for her translation of Roma Sendyka’s "Miejsca, które straszą (afekty i miejsca nie-pamięci)" ("Sites That Haunt: Affects and Non-Sites of Memory"). 

African Humanities Program Fellows Visit US 

The three have been named African Studies Association Presidential Fellows, an honor bestowed upon them in recognition of their contributions to the humanities in Africa

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB): Upcoming Exhibits 

Please visit the HEB exhibit at these upcoming conferences.

Focus on the American Antiquarian Society 

One of ACLS's founders, the American Antiquarian Society, is featured in the Focus on Member Societies series. 

Cynthia Enloe Named 2016 Haskins Prize Lecturer 

The series, entitled "A Life of Learning," celebrates scholarly careers of distinctive importance.

Focus on Research: Rachel Buurma F’12 and Laura Heffernan F’12 on Exploring the History of a Discipline through Classroom Records 

ACLS asked its fellows to describe their research the knowledge it creates and how this knowledge benefits our understanding of the world. This response comes from two ACLS Collaborative Research Fellows. 

Tara Zahra F’13, F’09 Joins Growing List of ACLS Fellows to Receive MacArthur Award 

ACLS congratulates the University of Chicago historian and two-time ACLS fellowship awardee.

ACLS Public Fellows Seminar Brings Diverse Career Paths into Focus 

The new cohort of fellows met on September 18-20 in Philadelphia, PA.

African Humanities Program 2014 Fellows Announced 

ACLS is pleased to announce 38 fellowship awards to African scholars in the sixth year of the African Humanities Program (AHP).

Meet the 2014 Fellows and Grantees in Buddhist Studies 

Information is now posted on the projects that will be undertaken by awardees in the first annual competitions of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies.

Focus on the Oral History Association 

ACLS is pleased to inaugurate a series focusing on the work of its member societies with a submission from its newest member, the Oral History Association.  

ASOR Launches Syrian Heritage Initiative with State Department 

The initiative will document comprehensively the current condition of cultural heritage sites in Syria and assess future restoration, preservation, and protection needs.

2014-15 ACLS Fellowship Competitions Now Open 

ACLS’s diverse program offerings support humanities scholars at all stages of the academic career.

American Antiquarian Society Awarded National Humanities Medal 

The AAS, a founding member of ACLS, is honored "for safeguarding the American story."

ACLS Awards $15 Million to Nearly 300 Scholars in 2014 

Awards were made across a dozen programs to scholars working in the humanities and humanistic social sciences

ACLS Announces Awards in China Studies Programs 

All combined, 31 fellowships and grants were awarded from over 190 applications.

ACLS Names 20 Recent PhDs as Public Fellows 

Awardees to take up two-year fellowships in public policy, arts administration, and communications.

ACLS Increases Award Amounts for 2014-15 Central Fellowship Competition 

The program will add five new fellowships for associate professors and raise the maximum stipend level to $70,000.

ACLS Announces the First Cohort of Fellows and Grantees of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies 

The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the results of the first annual competitions of the new Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies.

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