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    ACLS fellows presented their research at the 2014 ACLS Annual Meeting.

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    Jill Lepore participated in an annual meeting session on "The Public Face of the Humanities." 

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ACLS News

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB): Upcoming Exhibits 
10/20/2014

Please visit the HEB exhibit at these upcoming conferences.

Focus on Learned Societies: The American Antiquarian Society 
10/17/2014

ACLS is pleased to present an installment in this new series focusing on the work of its member societies by one of its founders, the American Antiquarian Society.

Cynthia Enloe Named 2016 Haskins Prize Lecturer 
10/13/2014

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 
10/03/2014

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 
09/29/2014

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

ACLS Public Fellows Seminar Brings Diverse Career Paths into Focus 
09/24/2014

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

African Humanities Program 2014 Fellows Announced 
08/27/2014

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 
08/27/2014

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 Learned Societies: The Oral History Association 
08/21/2014

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 
08/05/2014

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 
07/29/2014

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

American Antiquarian Society Awarded National Humanities Medal 
07/23/2014

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

ACLS Awards $15 Million to Nearly 300 Scholars in 2014 
07/22/2014

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

ACLS Announces Awards in China Studies Programs 
07/10/2014

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

ACLS Names 20 Recent PhDs as Public Fellows 
06/03/2014

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

ACLS Increases Award Amounts for 2014-15 Central Fellowship Competition 
05/22/2014

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 
05/21/2014

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.

Oral History Association Joins ACLS as Member Society 
05/20/2014

Established in 1966, the OHA’s mission is to bring together people interested in oral history as a way of collecting and interpreting memories to foster knowledge and dignity

Announcing the 2014 Mellon-ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellows 
04/30/2014

This year, 64 fellowships were awarded to advanced graduate students pursuing promising and ambitious PhD research from 32 universities and more than a dozen humanistic disciplines.

ACLS Fellows among 2014 Class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 
04/28/2014

Founded in 1780, the Academy is one of the nation's oldest learned societies and a founding member of ACLS.

ACLS Announces the 2014 Luce-ACLS Dissertation Fellows in American Art 
04/22/2014

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

ACLS Awards First Fellowship Supported by Munro Fund for Chinese Thought 
04/11/2014

Teemu H. Ruskola, professor of law at Emory University, is the first ACLS Fellow to be supported in part by the Munro Fund for Chinese Thought.

Announcing the 2014 Central Program's ACLS Fellows 
04/09/2014

A total of 65 awards were made to faculty of all ranks and independent scholars in ACLS's central fellowship program.

ACLS Promotes Two to Program Director 
04/01/2014

Matthew Goldfeder has been appointed as director of fellowship programs and John Paul Christy as director of public programs.

ACLS Announces the 2014 Charles A. Ryskamp and Frederick Burkhardt Fellows 
03/13/2014

The two programs support scholars who are embarking on ambitious, large-scale research projects at critical stages in their academic careers.


ACLS Awards 2014 Digital Innovation Fellowships to Seven Scholars 
03/04/2014

Fellows will spend a year dedicated to projects advancing digital scholarship in powerful new directions.

ACLS Awards 2014 Collaborative Research Fellowships to Eight Teams of Scholars 
02/19/2014

The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Collaborative Research Fellowships.

ACLS Launches 2014 Public Fellows Competition 
01/22/2014

The program will place 20 recent humanities Ph.D.s in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector.

American Folklore Society Honors Lee Haring 
11/25/2013

ACLS joins in congratulating Lee Haring on his receipt of the 2013 AFS Lifetime Achievement Award.

Humanities as the Heart of the Matter: Media Roundup 
10/23/2013

After an extensive program of public hearings, fact-finding and analysis, the Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences released its report in June.

Wendy Doniger Named 2015 Haskins Prize Lecturer 
10/22/2013

Professor Doniger will deliver the lecture at the 2015 ACLS Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

ACLS Awards $15.3 Million in Fellowships in 2013 
10/21/2013

ACLS continues to be the leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels.

ACLS, Member Societies Support Careers Beyond the Classroom for Ph.D.s 
10/21/2013

Once a neglected topic, alternative or non-academic career paths for Ph.D.s are finding increasing support within the scholarly community.

ACLS-Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellows Look Ahead 
10/18/2013

A seminar on "Preparing for the Academic Job Market" took place on September 5-7 in San Antonio, TX.

Fifth Summit of National Fellowship-Granting Organizations 
10/04/2013

The group met on October 3 at the ACLS Offices.

New Agreement Signed with Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences 
10/04/2013

A Memorandum of Understanding was executed on October 2 at the ACLS offices.

ACLS Programs in China Studies Applications Now Available 
09/18/2013

Applications available for ACLS Programs in China Studies 2013-2014


ACLS Announces the 2013 Program in East Europe Studies Fellows 
09/17/2013

In this competition eight dissertation fellowships were awarded in a broad array of disciplines for research on eight countries in the region.

African Humanities Project (AHP) Announces Fellowship Awards 
08/29/2013

Thirty-four awards are given to African scholars in the fifth year of the program.

ACLS Humanities E-Book Launches New Website 
08/28/2013

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB), a collection of nearly 4,000 books in the humanities recommended by scholars, is pleased to announce a new interface.

2013-14 ACLS Fellowship Competitions Now Open 
08/28/2013

The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce that the 2013 14 ACLS fellowship competitions are now open.

ACLS Names 20 Public Fellows in 2013 
08/28/2013

The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the 2013 cohort of ACLS Public Fellows.

ACLS Welcomes Report of Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences 
08/28/2013

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) welcomes the release of the report of the Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences convened by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

ACLS Mourns Robert W. Fogel 
06/12/2013

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Robert W. Fogel, economic historian and 1996 Charles Homer Haskins Lecturer.

ACLS Announces the First Cohort of Fellows and Grantees of the Henry Luce Foundation-ACLS Program in China Studies 
05/29/2013

The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the results of the first annual competitions of the new Henry Luce Foundation ACLS Program in China Studies.

ACLS Announces Results of Pre-doctoral Fellowship Competitions 
05/22/2013

The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the 2013 cohorts of the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship and the Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art.

ACLS Announces The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies 
05/10/2013

The new initiative, funded by a $1.9 million grant from the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, will support research and teaching in Buddhist studies.

ACLS Announces Results of Central Fellowship, Ryskamp, and Burkhardt Competitions 
05/08/2013

88 scholars receive awards to support new research in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.

ACLS Names 2013 New Faculty Fellows 
04/15/2013

The 22 awardees, recent Ph.D.s from a range of humanistic disciplines, will take up two-year positions at participating universities across the country.

ACLS Annual Report for 2011-2012 Released 
04/11/2013

The report features a message from President Yu and highlights of the year's activities, along with a complete listing of 2012 fellows and grantees and their research projects.

ACLS President Pauline Yu Addresses Restrictions on Federal Funding of Political Science Research 
04/03/2013

ACLS President Pauline Yu issued the following statement concerning federal funding of research in political science: "The ACLS urges the Congress to restore adequate funding for research in political science by the National Science Foundation..."

Seven Teams of Scholars Awarded 2013 ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships 
03/28/2013

The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 Collaborative Research Fellowships.

ACLS Board of Directors Appoints Pauline Yu to Third Term as President 
03/27/2013

The Board of Directors of the American Council of Learned Societies announced today its reappointment of Pauline Yu to a third five-year term as president, beginning July 2013.

ACLS Awards 2013 Digital Innovation Fellowship to Seven Scholars 
03/26/2013

The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships.

On the Passing of African Humanities Fellow Sarah Namulondo 
03/19/2013

ACLS was saddened to learn of the passing of Sarah Namulondo (F'11), who was a lecturer in the department of literature at Makerere University at the time of her death.

Celebrating Twenty Years of Scholarship: The Luce-ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art 
03/14/2013

On February 15, 2013, the American Council of Learned Societies hosted a panel presentation and discussion at the College Art Association's (CAA) 2013 annual conference to mark the 20th year of the Henry Luce Foundation ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art.

On the Passing of Gerda Lerner 
01/03/2013

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Gerda Lerner, a pioneer in the field of women's history and the 2005 Charles Homer Haskins Lecturer.

Happy Holidays from ACLS! 
12/21/2012

Our office will be closed from December 24, 2012 through January 1, 2013. We look forward to sharing our work with you here in the new year.

Heads of Fellowship-Granting Organizations Meet at ACLS 
12/05/2012

On December 4, 2012 ACLS convened the fourth annual meeting of heads of national fellowship-granting organizations in the humanities.

James O’Donnell Appointed Chair of ACLS Board of Directors 
11/28/2012

O'Donnell's term as chair begins January 1, 2013.

On the Passing of Michael Heim 
11/15/2012

Michael Heim, translator, scholar, and friend to ACLS, died this past September.

Bruno Nettl Named 2014 Haskins Prize Lecturer 
10/11/2012

ACLS is pleased to announce that Bruno Nettl will deliver the Haskins Prize Lecture at the 2014 ACLS Annual Meeting. 

Focus on Research: Emma J. Teng F'06 on the Hidden Histories of Mixed Race Families 
10/01/2012

"The humanities help to make the world a better place by revealing to us the complexities and ambiguities of human society in its varied dimensions, helping to shake us from our old biases and habits of thought, from which prejudice and discrimination (even unintentional bias) stem."

Joyce Appleby's 2012 Haskins Prize Lecture Published 
09/14/2012

ACLS is pleased to announce the publication of the 2012 Charles Homer Haskins Prize Lecture by Joyce Appleby.

Focus on Research: Arleen Marcia Tuchman F'07 on the Cultural History of Diabetes 
09/04/2012

"Personal stories are often the inspiration for history projects."

ACLS Announces 2012 African Humanities Program Fellows 
08/23/2012

The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce 51 fellowship awards to African scholars in the fourth year of the African Humanities Program (AHP), a multi-year initiative of annual, international competitions funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The program is open to humanities scholars in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.

ACLS Announces New Program in China Studies Funded by the Henry Luce Foundation 
08/07/2012

The program will aid scholars embarking on careers in research and teaching on Chinese history, literature, culture, and society.

Focus on Research: Kenneth M. Price F'08 on Editing Whitman in the Digital Age 
07/30/2012

"Whitman’s writing has special standing both because of its quality and because of his proximity to the war.  No other significant writer experienced the war so directly and for such an extended period of time. Perhaps only Abraham Lincoln commented on it with as much insight and eloquence."

Focus on Research: Michael Bess F'08 on Justice and Identity in a Bioengineered Civilization 
07/02/2012

"Biotechnology is giving us the capability not just to change our world, but to change ourselves—to manipulate and partially redesign our own bodies and minds."

ACLS Names 2012 Public Fellows 
06/26/2012

The 13 fellows will join partnering organizations for two-year terms. They will participate in the substantive work of these agencies and receive professional mentoring to further transition into non-academic careers.

Focus on Research: Paul Gootenberg F'06, F'88 on Writing (and Finishing) the History of Cocaine 
06/11/2012

"So, what did I do with my ACLS fellowship during 2006-07? Or, how do scholars finish off books that have consumed many years of their careers?"

Jack Fitzmier to Chair CAO Executive Committee 
05/21/2012

We are pleased to announce that Jack Fitzmier, executive director of the American Academy of Religion, will serve as chair of the Executive Committee of the Conference of Administrative Officers.

ACLS Awards over $15 million to 2012 Fellowship Recipients 
05/15/2012

More than 320 humanities scholars worldwide have received awards.

Earl Lewis Named Next President of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation 
05/03/2012

Earl has served on the ACLS Board of Directors since 2004.

ACLS Annual Report for 2010-2011 Published 
04/30/2012

The report is available online and in print.

ACLS Names 2012 New Faculty Fellows 
04/26/2012

The 39 recent Ph.D.s will take up two-year positions at one of the participating U.S. universities.

Susan Ware Appointed General Editor of American National Biography 
04/19/2012

The landmark American National Biography offers portraits of more than 18,700 men and women—from all eras and walks of life—whose lives have shaped the nation.

19 ACLS Fellows and Grantees among 2012 Guggenheim Fellows 
04/16/2012

Together, they comprise a quarter of fellows named in the humanities and social sciences.

ACLS Names 2012 Collaborative Research Fellows 
04/02/2012

The program brings together 15 scholars from different institutions, disciplines, and countries whose varied perspectives will yield new advances in research.

Carnegie Corporation of New York Renews Funding for African Humanities Program 
03/22/2012

ACLS was gratified to learn that at its board of trustees meeting on March 1, 2012, the Carnegie Corporation of New York approved a grant of $5.45 million in continued support of the African Humanities Program.

ACLS Mourns the Passing of Anne Burkhardt 
03/21/2012

Anne was associated with the ACLS-sponsored Darwin Correspondence Project since its beginnings in 1974.

ACLS Names 2012 Digital Innovation Fellows 
03/19/2012

The nine fellows will spend a year dedicated to a major scholarly project intended to advance digital humanistic scholarship by broadening understanding of its nature and exemplifying the robust infrastructure necessary for creating such works.

2011 New Faculty Fellows Among Inaugural Mellon-funded Emerging Humanities Networks 
02/21/2012

Their project will explore a student-centered approach to course design.

ACLS Congratulates National Humanities Medal Recipients 
02/14/2012

On Monday, February 13, 2012, President Obama awarded the National Humanities Medal to ACLS Board Chair Kwame Anthony Appiah and Board member Teofilo Ruiz.

ACLS Announces the Munro Fund for Chinese Thought 
01/25/2012

Created through Donald J. Munro’s generous gifts, the fund will help support ACLS Fellowships awarded for research projects on Chinese philosophical traditions and ethical systems.

Leaders of National Humanities Fellowship-granting Organizations Meet at ACLS 
12/16/2011

On December 12, 2011, ACLS hosted the third annual gathering of leaders of agencies granting research fellowships to scholars in the humanities through national peer-reviewed competitions.

Robert Alter Named 2013 Haskins Prize Lecturer 
11/21/2011

ACLS is pleased to anounce that Robert Alter, Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley, will deliver the Haskins Prize Lecture at the 2013 ACLS Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD.

ACLS Mourns the Passing of Oscar Handlin 
09/27/2011

Namesake of ACLS Fellowship for American history dies at the age of 95.

ACLS Receives $6 Million for Innovative Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs 
09/20/2011

Grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will support a second Public Fellows competition and a third New Faculty Fellows competition.

Focus on Research: Jasmine Alinder F'09, F'97 on Photography and the Japanese American Incarceration 
09/08/2011

"Despite the thousands of documentary images made, photographs functioned neither to reveal history transparently nor to obscure it. Photographs make history. As such, images were integral to the incarceration process from its beginning and shaped the historical events that they purported to disclose. Rather than portholes on the past, photographs are artifacts in their own right that can be mined to enrich historical understanding."

Focus on Research: Susanne E. Freidberg F'09, F'03 on the History of Freshness 
08/09/2011

"Freshness appears pre-industrial, yet its wide availability—whether in supermarkets or farmers’ markets—depends on a host of industrial technologies, from refrigeration to the Internet. “Fresh” may connote pure, but it has come at a high price for many humans, animals, and ecosystems. Its history shows, ultimately, that freshness is anything but natural."

Focus on Research: Mitchell Green F'05, F'00 on the Origins of Meaning and Communication 
07/11/2011

"It is often said that a crucial feature defining our own species is language: while many other animals have systems of communication in some sense, only humans communicate with messages of unbounded complexity and breathtaking subtlety such as one finds in Swahili, German, or Iroquoian. So it is often said, but is it true? And if it is true, just how important is this distinctive feature to making us who we are?"

ACLS Increases Fellowship Stipends in 2011-12 Competition 
06/23/2011

Stipends awarded in 2011-12 will be $65,000 for full professors, $45,000 for associate professors, and $35,000 for assistant professors. 

Burkhardt Fellows Celebrate Program's Tenth Anniversary 
06/17/2011

During the 2011 ACLS Annual Meeting last May, 44 Burkhardt Fellows gathered to celebrate a milestone for the Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars.

Focus on Research: Pardis Mahdavi F'09 on Human Trafficking Reconsidered 
06/14/2011

"I will never forget the first time I went to visit Marie at her make-shift home in an overcrowded compound in the northern, less-glitzy part of Dubai known as the Satwa neighborhood."

John Hopkins F'11, F'09 to Develop Born-Digital Title for ACLS Humanities E-Book 
06/07/2011

The book on Roman architecture will be based on his ACLS-funded research.

ACLS Announces 2011 Fellows and Grantees 
05/31/2011

Nearly $15 million was awarded to 350 scholars worldwide, making ACLS a major source of support for humanistic scholarship in the United States.

Focus on Research: David Herman F'08 on Narrative Worldmaking across Media and Disciplines 
05/23/2011

"[T]his approach to the study of stories and storytelling can get at the heart of questions concerning how people make sense of—and thereby put themselves in a position to engage with—the circumstances and forces that help shape the course of their lives."

ACLS Seeks Nominations and Applications for General Editor of the American National Biography 
05/23/2011

The ANB is the premier print and online reference source for significant figures in American history.

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