The 2020 ACLS Annual Meeting was held on May 1 via Zoom as a result of COVID-19 restrictions on large group meetings and travel. ACLS presented an abbreviated agenda focused on the business of the Council.  

President Joy Connolly’s first-ever Report to the Council focused on her vision for ACLS and new strategic priorities for the organization. Emphasizing that ACLS is ideally positioned to engage collaborative action toward positive change within the academy and ensure a strong future for humanistic scholarship, her remarks underscored the core elements for which the strategic priorities are based: providing support for scholarship and scholars, especially new PhDs and those facing a difficult job market in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic; our organization’s mission to connect different facets of the academy and serve as an alliance builder in strengthening its infrastructure and exploring what its future will be; the need to amplify humanistic scholarship in the public eye; as well as the need to review what we as a community are doing now and renew in order to strengthen and sustain a positive future for humanistic scholarship.