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Pittsburgh, PA, November 9-12

2000 CAO Fall Meeting


The Conference of Administrative Officers (CAO) of ACLS held its semiannual meeting in Pittbsurgh, PA, on November 9-12, 2000.

The meeting schedule is available here.

Chancellor Mark Nordenberg and Provost James Maher welcomed the CAO during an afternoon spent at the University of Pittsburgh. The University of Pittsburgh is an Associate of ACLS. John D'Arms spoke to the group on development-and-program efforts under way at ACLS at a program session in the Heymann Theater. In the afternoon there were tours of the Stephen Foster Memorial, the Nationality Classrooms of the Cathedral of Learning, and Heinz Memorial Chapel, hosted by Deane Root, director of the Center for American Music.

The session "Electronic Publishing of Journals: Implications for Learned Societies" featured Sue Corbett, vice president, Blackwell Publishers; Willis G. Regier, director, University of Illinois Press, and president, American Association of University Presses; and Duane Webster, executive director of the Association of Research Libraries.

Maureen Grolnick, ACLS Education Program Officer, and Robert Orrill, director of the National Council for Education in the Disciplines, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, spoke on the role of learned societies in an era of K-16 reform. There was continued group discussion of a CAO retreat in 2001:  "Learned Societies in the 21st Century." David Green, executive director of the National Initiative for a Networked Cultural Heritage (NINCH), in "Building Blocks," reported on a project to identify electronic needs specific to the humanities and work toward the creation of solutions, tools, and more usable technologies. John Hammer, director of the National Humanities Alliance, updated the group on the state of the humanities in Congress and the mood in Washington, in the ight of the uncertain outcome of the presidential election.

The Greater Pittsburgh Convention and Visitors Bureau, which hosted the meeting, offered a postmeeting visit to Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater.

  • The CAO on a stage set in the Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh, November 2000

  • Mariana Whitmer, Kate Van Winkle Keller, Deane Root, and Alan Burdette at the Stephen Foster Memorial

  • Joshua Foa Dienstag, Donna Heiland, and Danielle Macbeth discussed recently tenured faculty

  • Post-meeting: at Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater