American Council of Learned Societies President Joy Connolly Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

NEW YORK, April 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to celebrate President Joy…

NEW YORK, April 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to celebrate President Joy Connolly’s election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest and most esteemed honorary societies in the United States.

Connolly joined ACLS, a leading supporter of American scholarship in the humanities and interpretive social sciences, in 2019 after serving as interim president and provost of The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, and as distinguished professor of classics.

«ACLS is honored and thrilled that Joy has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences,» said ACLS Board Chair William C. Kirby. «The important strides Joy has made in galvanizing students, faculty, independent scholars, administrators, and supporters around strengthening and advancing humanistic study for the 21st century makes her an outstanding addition to the academy.»

Founded in 1780, the Academy honors exceptional individuals in a variety of fields and convenes these leaders to advance new ideas and address important issues toward the public good. Members include some of the most accomplished voices in the arts and humanities, social policy, education, global affairs, and science and technology. Notable members from the Academy’s history include Margaret Mead, Jonas Salk, Barbara McClintock, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Aaron Copland, Martha Graham, John Hope Franklin, Georgia O’Keeffe, I.M. Pei, and Toni Morrison.

«We are honoring the excellence of these individuals, celebrating what they have achieved so far, and imagining what they will continue to accomplish,» said David Oxtoby, President of the American Academy. «The past year has been replete with evidence of how things can get worse; this is an opportunity to illuminate the importance of art, ideas, knowledge, and leadership that can make a better world.»

Joining Connolly among the 252 new members selected to join the academy in 2021 is Michele Moody-Adams, Joseph Straus Professor of Political Philosophy and Legal Theory at Columbia University and ACLS Board Treasurer, as well as civil rights lawyer and scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw, neurosurgeon and CNN medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, and journalist Kara Swisher. Connolly and Moody-Adams join Kirby, former ACLS President Pauline Yu, and current ACLS trustees Frances Daly Fergusson and Carl Pforzheimer as members of the Academy. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences is also a founding member of ACLS.

Connolly is a scholar of ancient Roman rhetoric and political thought and their enduring influence in modernity. She joined ACLS after serving as provost and interim president of The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, the principal doctorate-granting institution of the nation’s largest public urban university. Prior to joining CUNY, she was dean for the humanities in the Faculty of Arts and Science (2012-2016) and director of the College Core Curriculum at New York University (2009-12).

She is also the author of two books, The State of Speech and The Life of Roman Republicanism, and over seventy articles, book reviews, and essays. She currently serves on the board of the National Humanities Alliance, the National Humanities Center, Middlesex School, and the Journal for the History of Ideas, and serves on advisory groups for Imagining America, the Council of Graduate Schools, and Humanities Indicators, a project hosted by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her writing has appeared in the Village VoiceThe Times Literary Supplement, the Chronicle of Higher EducationBookforumThe Nation, and Inside Higher Ed.  She speaks and writes regularly about the future of the humanities, the significance of studying the past, and the necessity of public funding for higher education as a keystone of a robust democracy. 

Connolly earned an AB in classics from Princeton University in 1991 and a PhD in classical studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. 

Formed in 1919, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is a nonprofit federation of 78 scholarly organizations.  As the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences, ACLS holds a core belief that knowledge is a public good. As such, ACLS strives to promote the circulation of humanistic knowledge throughout society. In addition to stewarding and representing its member organizations, ACLS employs its $140 million endowment and $35 million annual operating budget to support scholarship in the humanities and social sciences and to advocate for the centrality of the humanities in the modern world.

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