The Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) has named ACLS President Joy Connolly the 2023 recipient of the CCAS Arts & Sciences Advocacy Award. She will be presented the award and speak at the opening session at the CCAS Annual Meeting on November 2, 2023 in San Diego.

The CCAS Board of Directors honors individuals and organizations with the Arts & Sciences Advocacy Award in recognition of exemplary advocacy for the arts and sciences, flowing from a deep commitment to the intrinsic worth of liberal arts education. The American Council of Learned Societies was recognized with the award in 2010.

Joy Connolly began her service as President of the American Council of Learned Societies in July 2019. Previously, she served as provost and interim president of The Graduate Center at the City University of New York, where she was also Distinguished Professor of Classics. She has held faculty appointments at New York University (where she served as Dean for the Humanities), Stanford University, and the University of Washington. She has published two books with Princeton University Press on Roman political thought and rhetoric and over seventy articles, reviews, and short essays, including for media such as Bookforum and the Times Literary Supplement. Her current book project maps out a new path for what we now call “classical studies.” Connolly was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2021.

Founded in 1965, the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) is the national association of colleges of arts and sciences, representing more than 800 deans and 1200 associate and assistant deans in the United States. Its purpose is to provide professional-development programming to its member deans and to sustain the arts and sciences as a leading influence in American higher education. CCAS serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information among deans of arts and sciences representing the member colleges and as a representative of the liberal arts and sciences at a national policy-making level. The Council further seeks to support programs, activities, and resources to improve the intellectual stature and public understanding of the disciplines of the arts and sciences.

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