President Gillespie called the meeting to order at 3:36 pm.
Motion to approve minutes from 2002 ACIS Executive Meeting (Marquette); seconded. Motion approved unanimously.
II. OPENING REMARKS
Gillespie distributed the table of contents for the forthcoming ACIS Volume III, Language and Tradition in Ireland: Continuities and Displacements (U Mass Press). He formally expressed his thanks to Jim Doan, the outgoing Newsletter Editor, for his service to ACIS, and to Jim Rogers and the St. Thomas host committee for their hard work.
A. SECRETARY. Conrad reminded committee members that they should encourage their constituencies to check their institutions' entries in the online Guide to Irish Studies in the United States and report necessary updates to her.
B. TREASURER. Gillespie presented David Gardiner's extensive Treasurer's
Report. Gillespie suggested amendment to the budget, moved by Headrick
as follows: That ACIS provide a $1000 one-time donation to the International
James Joyce Symposium for the 2004 Bloomsday centenary, which would amend
the budget to $41,500. Seconded; motion passed unanimously.
Discussion: Backus asked about the policy on awarding ties for book prizes, noting that the splitting of the award money was a disincentive to awarding ties. Gillespie suggested that the where an argument for the disbursal of more money might be considered, the President could, in consultation with the Vice President and the chairs of the book prize committees, call the Executive into cybersession.
Motion to accept Treasurer's Report as amended; seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
C. REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES.
1. Northeast: (Finneran not present; Savage reporting): Next regional meeting at Bridgewater State College. See website for details.
2. Midwest: Moran not present; no report.
3. Western: Nora McGuinness: The Western meeting will be at Boise State and will include plenary sessions by Christina Reed and Maeve McGuckian.
4. Southern: (Madden not present; Backus reporting): Next regional meeting at University of St. Thomas in Houston. See website for details.
5. Mid Atlantic: Mahony not present; no report.
D. DISCIPLINE REPRESENTATIVES.
1. Literature: Backus reported that the two MLA sessions went well, and that the joint ACIS/James Joyce Symposium cocktail party at the Gotham Book Market was a great success. The next MLA panels will include one session on 18th-century Irish literature and one on Irish audiences.
2. History: Savage reported that the AHA panels in Chicago in January were well attended and successful. The next AHA will be in Washington.
3. Arts: Headrick noted the strong presence of Irish scholars at the Association of Theatre in Higher Education.
4. Social Science: No report.
5. Irish Language: O Dochartaigh not present; no report.
6. Celtic Studies Representative: Freeman not present; no report.
7. Graduate Representative: Smith not present; no report.
IV. OLD BUSINESS
A. BOOK PRIZES
Harrington reminded the committee of the book prize winners for books published in 2001, to be awarded at the business meeting. (See http://www.acisweb.com/bookprizes01.html). He asked for suggestions on how to get more nominations for dissertations for the Dalsimer prize. Conrad suggested contacting the Graduate Irish Studies organization and encouraging the ACIS Graduate Representative, part and present, to spread the word.
Harrington also reiterated last year's suggestion that the winners of the prizes be announced more publicly. Several committee members suggested that the ILS would be an obvious first place to start.
Headrick thanked Harrington for his patience with the prize committees and for his hard work.
Harrington reminded the committee of the winners of the ACIS elections:
PRESIDENT: Eamonn Wall
ARTS: Eileen Kearney
CELTIC STUDIES: Maria Tymoczko
HISTORY: Jerrold Casway
IRISH LANGUAGE: Thomas W. Ihde
LITERATURE: Jose Lanters
SOCIAL SCIENCE: Timothy Meagher
GRADUATE REPRESENTATIVE: Valerie Murrenus
Gillespie thanked Harrington for his work on the elections.
C. UPCOMING MEETINGS
1.Harrington announced that the University of Liverpool has offered to host the ACIS national meeting in 2004. The dates will be July 12-16, 2004.
Motion: to accept the University of Liverpool's invitation to host the ACIS national meeting in 2004; seconded. Motion approved unanimously.
2.He announced that the University of Notre Dame has offered to host the ACIS national meeting in 2005. Following a previous decision by the ACIS that encouraged domestic meetings to be held during the spring semester, the dates proposed are April 13-16, 2005.
Motion: to accept the University of Notre Dame's invitation to host the ACIS national meeting in 2005; seconded. Motion approved unanimously.
There are several offers on the table for future meetings.
V. NEW BUSINESS
A. ACIS IRISH STUDIES HISTORY
Gillespie reminded the committee of last year's resolution to consider an ACIS-funded history of Irish Studies. ACIS is seeking proposals for a writer interested in this project. The committee suggested that the project be announced in the ILS, the Newsletter, and the business meeting.
B. On behalf of the executive committee, Headrick acknowledged and thanked Gillespie and Harrington for their great work as President and Vice President, respectively.
Motion to adjourn; seconded. Motion approved unanimously.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:42 pm.