Early this year the Association of American Colleges and Universities announced that it was changing its name to the American Association of Colleges and Universities, a change that “recognizes the ongoing expansion of involvement in AAC&U by educators around the world and positions the association for continued growth in global membership” (AAC&U press release, January 10th).
To no one’s surprise, the Linguistic Society of America has responded to this development with a plenary session at its upcoming annual meeting in Denver. The 3-hour panel will be held in the Ampersand Room of the Hyatt Regency hotel at 4:00 pm on January 7, 2023.
Entitled “What’s in a Name? The Long Journey from AAC&U to AAC&U,” the session will feature the following paper presentations:
— “Huh?” – Gretchen Chardonnay, University of Michigan at Flint
— “I Don’t Get It.” – Horace Wegnow, Grinnell College
— “What?” – Parnell Dobkin, Cornell University
— “Seriously?” – Lavinia Turbell, Gettysburg College
— “I Feel Triggered.” – Heather Snavely-Bolston, New York University
— “I’m Not Kidding. Seriously?” – Lavinia Turbell, Gettysburg College
— “ICU, You See You, AACU: Unpacking White Privilege in Association Names” – Ellwood Barks, Colorado School of Mines
— “You’re Sh***ing Me, Right?” – Darrell Fweck, The College of Charleston
— “And They Paid the Consulting Firm HOW MUCH?” – Wendy Nursk, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
A monograph based on the session will be published by Princeton University Press in 2024.