ACLS News

  • A Time to Listen and a Time to Speak Out

    09/01/2020

    If the turbulence of 2020 has proven anything, it is the vital importance of humanistic study. Whether we are deciding whom to honor in our public spaces, considering how to recompense for human suffering, or weighing facts against conspiracy theory, we need humanistic skills and perspectives.  

    This year is a time for reflection and action. While we are proud of so much ACLS has achieved over the past century, we like other institutions are also heeding the call for healthy self-examination. We are committed to ensuring that our fellowship programs, advocacy, and policy work grow out of principles of equity and inclusive excellence as well as our belief in the essential value of humanistic scholarship. 


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  • DEI and Anti-Racism Resources from ACLS Member Societies

    09/01/2020

    ACLS Member Societies offer suggestions of key articles, books, or blogs that they recommend highly about diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial/social justice as they pertain to their particular fields in the humanities or social sciences.


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  • Celebrating the Career of CEEVN Director Minh Kauffman

    07/31/2020

    On Friday, July 31, Minh Kauffman, director of the ACLS Center for Educational Exchange with Vietnam (CEEVN) retired after 26 years with ACLS and nearly 50 years working in international educational exchange and community development.


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  • Lizabeth A. Cohen F'93 in NY Times “Opinion”

    05/07/2020

    American Studies professor on what she sees as the breakdown of New Deal Federalism in the wake of COVID-19.


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  • Joy Connolly’s essay for Spring 2020 edition of Academe

    05/07/2020

    ACLS President Joy Connolly contributed an essay to the Spring 2020 edition of Academe on the important historical contributions and continuing need for the humanities in higher education and in sustaining a healthy societal culture.


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  • ACLS President Joy Connolly On Rethinking the Tenure Clock

    05/07/2020

    ACLS President Joy Connolly On Rethinking the Tenure Clock and Requirements in Inside Higher Ed


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  • ACLS Announces Strategic Priorities for 2020-2024

    05/07/2020

    Though the fog of global pandemic has made speculation more dicult than ever, we are peering into the future and considering how best to strengthen the fields whose contributions to human knowledge and communication are needed as never before.


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  • A Message from ACLS President Joy Connolly

    05/06/2020

    Spring has always been a time of renewal, symbolic and real, with colorful flowers in bloom and birdsong swelling from every branch, even in Manhattan. While the COVID-19 pandemic has limited our ability to spend time outside and with friends, the changes it has mandated have meant opportunities to explore new ideas and directions for the future.


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  • An Update from ACLS President Joy Connolly

    04/29/2020

    I hope this message finds you all well and continuing to manage all the changes imposed by the pandemic. This week ACLS has been focused on our Annual Meeting, which will take place Friday, May 1. Like many of you, we are adapting long held practices to make this important event run smoothly in its new virtual incarnation.


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  • An Update from ACLS President Joy Connolly

    04/16/2020

    So much of the news coverage surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic rightly highlights the plights of the sick and those most vulnerable to falling ill, as well as those on the front lines – small business owners, grocery store and delivery workers, and, of course, our courageous first responders in the health field. Our vision at ACLS must encompass these experiences and go deeper, as we act on our obligations to serve our community, recognizing that the actions we take now can significantly shape the future of our work and humanistic scholarship more broadly.


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