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Cleveland, OH, November 4-7

2004 CAO Fall Meeting

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The Conference of Administrative Officers (CAO) of ACLS held its semiannual meeting in Cleveland, OH, on November 4-7, 2004.

The meeting schedule is available here.

Events for the first day were hosted by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU); sessions were held in the Humanities Lecture Hall in Clark Hall. The opening session was the Business Meeting of the CAO, led by Susan Ball, College Art Association, chair of the CAO Executive Committee. Other members of the Executive Committee are Adam Blistein, American Philological Association; Arnita Jones, American Historical Association; Robert Judd, American Musicological Society; Carol Martin, African Studies Association; James A. R. Nafziger, American Society of Comparative Law; and Mariana Whitmer, Society for American Music.

John Hammer, director of the National Humanities Alliance, provided an update on the probable impact of the recent election on the state of the humanities. Lee Formwalt, Organization of American Historians, NHA Board member, and member of the NHA Search Committee, gave the report "Future Directions for the National Humanities Alliance" in the light of Hammer's retirement on December 31, 2004.

The morning concluded with the presentation "UNESCO: The Public Role of the Learned Society, Part 2," featuring Raymond E. Wanner, senior vice president, Americans for UNESCO and senior adviser on UNESCO issues to the United Nations Foundation, and James A. R. Nafziger, American Society of Comparative Law. This presentation was a follow-up to a session held at the 2003 CAO fall meeting.

CAO members toured the Peter B. Lewis Building, designed by Frank O. Gehry, home of the Weatherhead School of Management, CWRU, before lunch at Severance Hall. Afterward, Mark Turner, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, CWRU, officially welcomed ACLS to the Case campus. The group returned to Clark Hall, where the afternoon began with a conversation with Pauline Yu, president, ACLS.

For the final session of the day, Timothy K. Beal, director, Baker-Nord Center, and Harkness Professor of Biblical Literature, CWRU, organized and moderated a session entitled "Pop Goes the Academy: Possibilities and Risks in the Study of Popular Culture." Panelists were Mieke Bal, visiting fellow, Baker-Nord Center, professor of theory of literature, and a founding director of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, Theory and Interpretation (ASCA), University of Amsterdam, and A. D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University; Mary E. Davis, Robson Junior Professor of Musicology,CWRU; Ted Steinberg, professor of history and law, CWRU; and Warren Zanes, vice president of education, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and former member of the Del Fuegos.

On Saturday morning, November 6, Conferon Global Services conducted Association and Society Executive Training sessions for the CAO. The topics presented were:

  • Dealing with Attrition and Online Bookings
  • Marketing Your Meeting: How to Impact Attendance; Industry Trends; Looking to the Future
  • Contracts: What to Look for in a Hotel Contract; Checklist; Performance Clause
  • Maximum Impact within your Budget (AV)
  • Food and Beverage: Trends, Cost Saving, Creativity
  • How to Increase Sponsorship and Exhibit Sales
  • Putting out the Fires: Onsite Crises Management

Of the two program sessions in the afternoon, the first was "Ethics and Professional Conduct: The Role of the Learned Society, Part 2," with suggestions and conversation moderated by Michael Brintnall of the American Political Science Association. This session was a follow-up to one held at the 2003 CAO fall meeting. The second session was the presentation and discussion "Capital Campaigns," by Bonnie Clendenning of the Archaeological Institute of America.

The meeting, hosted by the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Greater Cleveland, included visits to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Hilarities Comedy Club, and a City Tour on Lolly the Trolley. The Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, Sheraton Cleveland City Centre Hotel, and the Wyndham Cleveland Hotel at Playhouse Square were the host hotels. Other events took place at the Cleveland Convention Center, the InterContinental Hotel and Conference Center, the Marriott Downtown at Key Center, and the Holiday Inn Select-City Centre Lakeshore.

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  • The CAO, Cleveland, November 2004

  • Lee Formwalt and John Hammer spoke on the future of the National Humanities Allliance.

  • UNESCO panelists James A.R. Nafziger and Raymond E. Wanner

  • Timothy K. Beal, Pauline Yu, and Mark Turner at Severance Hall, Case Western Reserve University

  • CWRU panelists Warren Zanes, Mieke Bal, Timothy K. Beal, Ted Steinberg, and Mary E. Davis

  • On the Cleveland Trolley