The Conference of Administrative Officers (CAO) of the ACLS held its spring meeting in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on Saturday, May 12, 2007, following the ACLS Annual Meeting. It was the first time a tour of a city and its meeting facilities was added to the CAO spring agenda.
The meeting schedule is available here.
The group held its business meeting at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal (convention center). As chair of the CAO Executive Committee, Carl Monk, Executive Director, Association of American Law Schools, led the meeting. Olavi Arens, Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies; David Barclay, German Studies Association; and Rona Sheramy, Association for Jewish Studies, were elected to the CAO Executive Committee, joining Rosemary G. Feal, Modern Language Association; Allan Metcalf, American Dialect Society; and Jonathan Rodgers, American Oriental Society. A discussion followed of the Fall Retreat to be held in Salt Lake City, November 1-4, 2007.
CAO members later took part in a National Humanities Alliance (NHA) Program Session entitled "Advocacy and Support for the Humanities: A View from Canada." Panelists were John Churchill, moderator, President, NHA, and Secretary (CEO), Phi Beta Kappa; Chad Gaffield, President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; and Noreen Golfman, President, Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and professor of English language and literature, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
In the afternoon, Tourisme Montreal (the Greater Montreal Convention and Tourism Bureau) hosted the group on tours of city attractions and meeting facilities. The "City Tour à la Montréal" featured the Notre-Dame Basilica, the Chalet de la Montagne et Belvedere, and the Marché Bonsecours. "Conference Hotels à la Montréal" included visits to Le Centre Sheraton, the Fairmont, the Queen Elizabeth, and the Hyatt Regency Montréal. These fam (familiarization) activities, to which more time is given during fall meetings, allow CAO members to assess the city's suitability as a site for their annual meetings.
CAO members thoroughly enjoyed their all-too-brief experience of Montreal's joie de vivre.