ACLS Mourns Robert W. Fogel
We are saddened to learn of the passing of Robert W. Fogel, economic historian and 1996 Charles Homer Haskins Lecturer.
ACLS Names 2013 New Faculty Fellows
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
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.
On the Passing of Gerda Lerner
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!
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.
ACLS Announces 2012 African Humanities Program Fellows
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 Names 2012 Public Fellows
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.
Jack Fitzmier to Chair CAO Executive Committee
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 Names 2012 Digital Innovation Fellows
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.
Robert Alter Named 2013 Haskins Prize Lecturer
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.
Focus on Research: Jasmine Alinder F'09, F'97 on Photography and the Japanese American Incarceration
"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
"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
"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?"