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    ACLS Fellows Candacy Taylor, Ellen Muehlberger, and Lina Verchery presented their research at the 2017 ACLS Annual Meeting.

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    African Humanities Program Fellow Merit Kabugo studies the discourse of rural farmers. 

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    Search ACLS fellows' publications online. 


National Humanities Conference Highlights Innovative Public Outreach by Learned Societies 

A special panel at the 2017 National Humanities Conference in Boston brought together the executive directors of four ACLS member societies to discuss their associations' efforts to increase public engagement with humanities research.

On the Passing of Linda Nochlin 

ACLS mourns the passing of Linda Nochlin, our 2007 Charles Homer Haskins Prize Lecturer. We invite you to read the lecture in celebration of her life of learning.

2017 Mellon-ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellows Prepare for the Academic Job Search 

ACLS hosted 30 fellows and five faculty facilitators for the event, held this year in Dallas, Texas, August 31 to September 2.

Mellon-ACLS Public Fellows Seminar Builds Networks for Humanities PhDs beyond the Academy 

The fourth annual Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows seminar, held September 7-9, 2017, in Philadelphia, brought together the 2016 cohort of fellows at the midpoint of their two-year fellowship tenure.

48 African Scholars Receive African Humanities Program Fellowships 

With only one more competition to go, AHP continues to support scholars in the region.

Sally Falk Moore Named 2018 Charles Homer Haskins Prize Lecturer 

Moore is a legal anthropologist and professor emerita at Harvard University,

Interested in US Foreign Policy on Nuclear Arms? 

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB), the online collection curated by scholars, offers award-winning titles.

ACLS Receives $2 Million From the Arcadia Charitable Trust to Expand the ACLS Fellowship Program 

The grant will fund an expansion of the central ACLS Fellowship program.

Frederic E. Wakeman, Jr. Fellowship in Chinese History 

Fellowship established in memory of pioneering historian Frederic E. Wakeman, Jr.

Extending the Reach of the ACLS Fellowship Program in 2017-18 

The program will offer more awards to support humanities scholars from an even more diverse range of colleges and universities.

2017-18 ACLS Fellowship and Grant Competitions Now Open 

Deadlines vary by program, with the first on September 27, 2017.

University of California, San Diego Joins ACLS Research University Consortium 

The ACLS Research University Consortium comprises a select group of Associate members of the American Council of Learned Societies who have committed to providing additional financial support to ACLS.  

Announcing Getty-ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art 

The Getty Foundation has awarded ACLS a grant of $2.35 million to establish a fellowship program for early career scholars studying the history of art.

Endowment Gift of $1.6 Million Establishes Annual Award 

New award is the first ACLS fellowship devoted to music research. 

The 2017 Fellows of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies Start Their Research, Teaching, and Writing 

Awardees from Asia, Europe, and North America receive $2 mil in support of their scholarly work in 2017 from The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation

ACLS Names 20 Mellon-ACLS Public Fellows in 2017 

The fellows, each a PhD in the humanities, will take up two-year, full-time positions with nonprofits and government agencies.

Three Universities Awarded Luce-ACLS Grants in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs 

The $60,000 awards promote new connections between scholarship on religion and journalists reporting on international affairs.

ACLS Welcomes the Austrian Studies Association (ASA) to Constituent Membership 

The ASA was admitted by vote of the Council at the ACLS 2017 Annual Meeting.

Help Maintain NEH 

President Yu's message to ACLS constituents concerning the president's proposed budget:

Dear friends and colleagues,

The Constitution states that a purpose of government is to “promote the general welfare.”  Our capacity to understand our country and our world is critical to that goal.  This week, the Trump Administration issued a budget request for the coming fiscal year that undermines that capacity. . . .

ACLS Awards Digital Extension Grants to Five Humanities Research Projects 

The awards of up to $150,000 enhance established digital projects and extend their reach to new communities of scholars.

Catching up with Nandi Dill Jordan F'16, Digital Content Specialist, Los Angeles County Museum of Art 

Nandi Dill Jordan is finishing her first year as a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow and digital content specialist at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Jordan, who has a PhD in sociology from New York University, reflects on the greatest challenges of pursuing a career path outside of academia, as well as her most rewarding experiences thus far at LACMA. 

ACLS Names 65 Dissertation Completion Fellows in 2017 

The Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellows, representing 36 different universities, are completing dissertations in a broad range of humanities and social science disciplines.

ACLS Receives $8 Million from Mellon Foundation for Expanded Programming and Organizational Development 

The challenge grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will allow ACLS to amplify and extend our support for humanities scholars.

Ten Graduate Students Awarded Dissertation Fellowships in American Art 

The Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships were awarded to advanced graduate students pursuing promising dissertation research in the study of object- and image-based US art history.

Announcing Our Central Program’s ACLS Fellows 

Fellows represent more than 50 colleges and universities, and work in fields across the humanities on topics that span the globe and human history.

Act to Support the National Endowment for the Humanities! 

Join ACLS in voicing the need for continued federal support for the humanities.

March 14 is Humanities Advocacy Day 

The ACLS is partnering with the National Humanities Alliance to make clear to Congress that we oppose all efforts to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities. Please consider joining the effort by calling your members of Congress.

Click here to be patched through to your Senators’ and Representative’s offices.

Six Scholars of Religion Win Fellowships to Build Connections with Journalism 

The Luce/ACLS Fellowships in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs support scholars in the humanities and related social sciences who are pursuing research on religion in an international context and desire to connect their projects with journalists and media specialists.

ACLS Names 22 Frederick Burkhardt Fellows in 2017 

Burkhardt Fellowships support recently tenured faculty as they pursue long-term, ambitious research while in residence at institutions whose resources and scholarly communities are ideally suited to facilitate their research.

AAAS Commission on Language Learning Issues Final Report 

The new report by the Commission on Language Learning of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences calls for a national strategy to improve access to language learning and to place the need for language education at the forefront of education policies. 

Interested in Russia and US-Russian Relations? 

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB), the online collection curated by scholars, offers award-wining titles.

Nine Teams of Scholars Win ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships 

The teams that make up this year’s cohort of ACLS Collaborative Research Fellows transcend disciplines, institutions, time periods, or geographies (and, in some cases, all four) to shape new understandings of our world.

Act to Support the National Endowment for the Humanities 

Join ACLS in voicing the need for continued federal support for the humanities. Please visit Act Now to Support NEH! on the National Humanities Alliance's website to learn how your voice can be heard.

ACLS Research University Consortium Meets in New York City 

The consortium includes 35 leading research universities, each of which has pledged $50,000/year to enable the increase of stipends for scholars selected to receive ACLS Fellowships.

Advancing the Humanities in Africa: Senior and Young Scholars on Publishing 

The Manuscript Develpment Workshops of the African Humanies Program create an international environment for intellectual exchange in a safe space where academic humility allows for an interdisciplinary fruitful discussion.

Eighth Summit of National Fellowship-Granting Organizations 

The group meets yearly to discuss conditions surrounding funding for humaities research.

ACLS Mourns the Loss of Joyce Appleby 

A distinguished historian of the United States, Professor Appleby delivered the 2012 Haskins Prize Lecture on "A Life of Learning."

Pauline Yu Issues Statement of Fundamental Commitments 

President Yu's message to the community in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, with link to statements by ACLS member societies.

Catching up with Jane Greenway Carr F'14, Opinion Editor, CNN Digital 

Jane Greenway Carr spent two years as a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow and contributing editor at the Washington, DC think tank New America.

$250,000 Gift Celebrates ACLS's Past--and Future 

Board member Carl H. Pforzheimer III and his wife Betty have made an unrestricted gift of $250,000 in recognition of ACLS’s 97-year legacy of advancing humanistic studies.

2015 Mellon-ACLS Public Fellows Convene to Share Experiences and Discuss Opportunities beyond the Academy 

ACLS convened its annual Public Fellows Seminar in Philadelphia on August 25-27. The event, the third meeting of its kind for the six-year-old program, focuses on forging a network of PhD-professionals at similar stages in their careers.

ASEEES-MAG Convention in Lviv 

The Association of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) is a member society of the American Council of Learned Societies; MAG (International Association for the Humanities) was established by advisers as an outgrowth of  the ACLS-administered Humanities Program in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine (1998-2010).

2016-17 ACLS Fellowship and Grant Competitions Now Open 

Deadlines vary by program, with the first on September 28, 2016.

Thirty-Eight Scholars from Sub-Saharan Africa Named Fellows of the African Humanities Program 

Congratulations to the eighth cohort of the African Humanities Program (AHP)!

Seminar Celebrates Luce-ACLS China Studies Fellows 

Fellows and senior scholars gathered on June 15-17 in Glen Cove, NY.

Twenty-Eight Scholars and Two Institutions Receive Awards in the Third Year of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies 

The 2016 cohort of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Fellows and institutional grantees in Buddhist studies received over $2.1 million in support for research, writing, and teaching.

Watch: Ford Foundation President Darren Walker In Conversation with Pauline Yu 

Walker talks about the importance of asking "what drives persistent inequality,"

Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing Admitted to ACLS 

SHARP was founded in 1993 to create a global network for book historians working in a broad range of scholarly disciplines.

ACLS Names 20 Mellon-ACLS Public Fellows in 2016 

With the 2016 cohort, the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program now has supported more than 100 PhDs as they demonstrate that the capacities honed in the course of completing a PhD in the humanities have broad practical applications.

ACLS Names First Grantees in New Program Connecting Scholars of Religion and Journalists 

The inaugural cohort of grantees will develop new public programming, research working groups, and curricular ventures that increase the presence of scholarship on religion in journalism training and practice.

Thirty-Seven Scholars Receive ACLS Awards in 2016 to Support Research and Writing in China Studies 

This year's awardees will be pursuing research and writing on the history and cultures of China, including African and South Korean Pastor-Entrepreneurs in Guangzhou, Conceiving the Communist Child, Calligraphy by Zhang Huaiguan, and Chinese Culinary Nationalism.”

Harry G. Frankfurt Named 2017 Haskins Prize Lecturer 

Professor Frankfurt, professor emeritus of philosophy at Princeton University, will deliver the lecture on May 12, during the 2017 ACLS Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD.

ACLS Awards First-Ever Digital Extension Grants to Five Humanities Projects 

The grants support existing projects as they seek to add diversity to the digital record, create new forms for scholarly engagement, and make digital resources available to diverse audiences and institutions.

ACLS Names 66 Dissertation Completion Fellows 

The Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellows, who are from 32 different universities, are completing dissertations in a broad range of humanities and social science disciplines.

Eleven Graduate Students Awarded Dissertation Fellowships in American Art 

On this twenty-fifth anniversary of the Luce/ACLS program, fellows are pursuing promising research in object- and image-based US art history, funded by a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Announcing the Central Program’s ACLS Fellows 

Fellows include independent scholars as well as tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty of all ranks, from more than 50 colleges and universities, working on projects that span the humanities and humanistic social sciences.


Literary Critic and Scholar Stephen Greenblatt to Receive 2016 Holberg Prize 

"Stephen Greenblatt well deserves this prize for his rigorous scholarship that speaks to a multitude of audiences," said Pauline Yu, president of ACLS. "Congratulations to our good friend and former Board member!"

ACLS Announces 21 Frederick Burkhardt Fellows 

Burkhardt Fellowships support recently tenured faculty as they pursue long-term, unusually ambitious research while in residence at institutions whose resources and scholarly communities are ideally suited to facilitate the proposed research project.

Nine Teams of Scholars Awarded 2016 ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships 

The projects cross disciplinary, methodological, and geographic boundaries, and stretch team members beyond current practice to produce knowledge together they could not produce alone.

ACLS Humanities E Book Joins Mellon Foundation and NEH Humanities Open Book Initiative 

HEB is one of 10 institutions selected to convert out-of-print books of enduring value into free e-books available to the public.

Seventh Summit of National Fellowship-Granting Organizations 

Heads of nine organizations met at the ACLS offices.

ACLS Launches Program to Connect Scholars and Journalists around Role of Religion in World Affairs 

The new program, which is made possible by the Henry Luce Foundation, will offer grants to universities and fellowships to scholars to foster greater understanding of religion in public discourse.

Ten Universities Join ACLS’s Postdoctoral Partnership Initiative 

PPI aims to provide new data about the impact of postdoctoral fellowships on the careers of scholars and the institutions that host them.

ACLS Mourns the Loss of Cliff Kuhn 

Cliff was executive director of the Oral History Association and played the principal role in OHA’s admission to ACLS in 2014.

Announcing the Digital Extension Grant Program 

ACLS’s new Digital Extension Grants will support teams of scholars as they enhance existing digital projects and engage new audiences across a range of academic communities and institutions.

Marina A. Rustow F'09, F'14 Joins Growing List of ACLS Fellows to Receive MacArthur Award 

Rustow, a historian and director of the Princeton Geniza Project, is a two-time ACLS fellowship awardee.

ACLS Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities 

Join us on Twitter on Tuesday, September 29 at 1pm EDT using #NEHturns50.

ACLS Mourns the Loss of Carl E. Schorske 

Professor Schorske delivered the Charles Homer Haskins Lecture at the 1987 ACLS Annual Meeting.

Seed Funding for New Professorships in Buddhist Studies 

New grants for colleges and universities around the world that wish to develop teaching positions in Buddhist studies.

African Humanities Program Announces 2015 Fellows 

The 37 awardees reflect the breadth and vibrancy of the humanities in Africa.

2015-16 ACLS Fellowship Competitions Now Open 

Deadlines vary by program, with the first falling on September 23, 2015.

Symposium on “Buddhist Studies Today” 

The symposium, supported by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation and organized by ACLS, took place at the University of British Columbia, June 7–9, 2015.

New Fellowship in Honor of Ellen Holtzman 

The Luce/ACLS Ellen Holtzman Dissertation Fellowship in American Art will be awarded to an emerging scholar of demonstrated achievement whose research and writing concerns American modernism and art of the 1950s and 1960s.

2015 Buddhist Studies Fellows Begin Research Across the Globe 

ACLS is pleased to announce the second cohort of fellows in The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies.

Hip Hop Hits HEB! 

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB), the online collection curated by scholars, is pleased to announce that it will now offer scholarly titles in the emerging field of hip hop studies.

Video of 2015 Haskins Prize Lecture Released 

Speaking at the 2015 ACLS Annual Meeting, Wendy Doniger talks life, heresy in Hinduism, and attempts to suppress scholarship.

ACLS Organizes Symposium on Buddhist Studies Today 

The event, which will take place July 7-9 at the University of British Columbia, will celebrate the first cohort of Dissertation Fellows of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies.

Catching up with Korey Jackson F'12, Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services, Oregon State University 

Jackson, a 2012 ACLS Public Fellow, describes how his new role promoting collaboration between an academic library and a university press "engages the same problem-solving dopamine receptors" that led him to pursue a humanities PhD.

Thirty Scholars Receive Over $650,000 in ACLS Awards for China Studies in 2015 

China studies continue at ACLS, funded by the Luce Foundation, NEH, and CCK, for predoctoral  and postdoctoral research and workshops.

Pauline Yu Participates in #ScholarFest 

President Yu serves on the Kluge Center Scholars Council.

On the Passing of Kent D. Williamson 

Kent was a longstanding and valued member of the ACLS Conference of Administrative Officers.

ACLS Names 22 Public Fellows in 2015 

Awardees will take up two-year positions with top nonprofits and government agencies.

ACLS Offers New Fellowship Opportunity for Liberal Arts College Faculty 

Expansion of Burkhardt fellowship program comes as long-running Ryskamp program makes final awards.

ACLS Humanities E-Book at American Theological Library Association, June 18-20 

Lee Walton, HEB's national library account manager, will give a presentation on "Perceptions of Academic Librarians Regarding E-Books and the Humanities."

ACLS Mourns the Passing of Anthony C. Yu 

Professor Yu served on the ACLS Board of Directors from 1986 to 1994, chairing its committee on international programs for much of his tenure.

On the Passing of Peter Gay 

Professor Gay was an ACLS Fellow in 1958 and the 2004 Charles Homer Haskins Lecturer.

Shakespeare Association of America Joins ACLS 

The SAA was admitted to the Council at the 2015 ACLS Annual Meeting.

Announcing the 2014-15 Luce-ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art 

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

Five ACLS Fellows Among First Recipients of Andrew Carnegie Fellowships 

The new program awards up to $200,000 to scholars, journalists, and authors to support research in the social sciences and humanities.

70 Fellowships Awarded to Advanced Graduate Students 

The 2015 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellows are from 29 universities and nearly 20 fields of humanistic study.

Announcing the 2015 Central Program’s ACLS Fellows 

Seventy awards were made to faculty of all ranks and independent scholars from across the humanities and humanistic social sciences.

ACLS Humanities E-Book Joins Association of American Publishers 

AAP is the trade association for US book publishers, providing advocacy and communications on behalf of the industry.

ACLS Mourns the Passing of Frederick M. Bohen 

Bowen served as chair of the ACLS Investment Committee from 1998 until 2003 and as a member of its Board of Directors from 1998 until 2007.

MAG (International Association for the Humanities) Sponsors Forum in Kiev 

Participants in the forum on "The Humanities and Democratization in Post-Soviet Lands" included scholars from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, and the United States.

Awards Announced for Charles A. Ryskamp and Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship Competitions 

The two programs, generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, support scholars who are embarking on ambitious, large-scale research projects at critical stages in their academic careers.

ACLS Awards Seven Digital Innovation Fellowships 

Selected from a highly competitive field of applicants, the awardees will dedicate a year to projects that further the digital transformation of humanistic research.

ACLS Societies Issue Joint Statement on Cultural Destruction in Iraq 

Societies "deplore in the strongest possible terms the destruction of works of art held by the Mosul Museum."

ACLS Humanities E-Book Announces 10 Top-Hit Titles 

Most frequently accessed e-books in the online collection include two by ACLS fellows.

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