Say What…..?

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.