Thursday, February 10, 2022 | 4 – 5:30 PM ET

What can we do to help humanistic studies thrive?  In the Luce Design Workshop at ACLS, teams from six schools developed practical solutions to the challenges we face, from declining undergraduate enrollments to faculty diversification. Our lesson: great experiments are going on around the country, but change must be ambitious, connected, systemic, and swift. This event showcases their results and sets the stage for further exchange and collaboration.

The aim of the event is to make our work visible, to invite collaboration and exchange with others trying to bring about change in the academy, and to determine together what collaborative work is needed (transcending any single organization or initiative) to bring about systemic change.

Join us!

Moderated by Joy Connolly, ACLS President and James Shulman, ACLS Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.


  • Jasmine Alinder, Dean of Humanities and Professor, Department of History, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Amy Cook, Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, College of Arts and Sciences and Professor, Department of English, Stony Brook University
  • Christopher Heath “Kit” Wellman, Dean of Academic Planning for the College of Arts & Sciences and Professor, Department of Philosophy, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Ari Kelman, Chancellor’s Leadership Professor, Department of History, University of California, Davis
  • Claire M. Waters, Professor and Chair, Department of English, University of California, Davis
  • Maria J. Donoghue Velleca, Dean, Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Professor, Department of Biology, College of William & Mary

Special thanks to Treviene Harris for her work and assistance.