ACLS Hosts Inaugural Mellon/ACLS Scholars & Society Fellows Convening



On September 13 and 14, ACLS convened a two-day intensive seminar for the inaugural cohort of the Mellon/ACLS Scholars & Society Fellows, bringing together leaders in the public humanities for dynamic conversations about the evolving landscape of public humanities research. Representatives from several ACLS member societies, as well as the National Humanities Alliance, Humanities Action Lab, Imagining America, Humanities New York and the CUNY PublicsLab, shared cutting-edge programs and projects supporting and promoting publicly-engaged research at every stage of the scholarly career and beyond the academy.
Mellon/ACLS Scholars & Society Fellows pursue publicly engaged research while embedded in cultural, media, government, policy, or community organizations. During the seminar, fellows shared their project plans and introduced the sites where their research will take place over the fellowship year. Though topics for these presentations were wide-ranging, several key themes emerged, reflecting the timeliness of the fellows’ proposed projects: public health and community advocacy, evolving efforts to engage diverse publics within public institutions, and immigration, particularly issues of health, memory, incarceration and violence. Across these, informal workshopping sessions, and at evening social events, fellows refined their projects and shared resources, new approaches, and ideas for possible collaborations.
Sessions ranged from presentations on diversifying career training for doctoral students to creating innovative and engaging public programming, both aspects closely tied to the program’s mission. Fellows and guests also were treated to a conversation with 2016 ACLS Fellow Nicole Fleetwood, Professor of Art History and American Studies at Rutgers University, who presented an overview of her forthcoming book Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration.

ACLS is now accepting applications for the 2019-20 fellowship competition. Eligible faculty can learn more about the program and the application process at The deadline is 9pm EDT on October 23, 2019.