National Conference

2022 National Conference
Cleveland, Ohio, October 13-15, 2022

For those who have submitted a proposal already (for 2020 or 2021), all submitted proposals will be kept on file and treated as submitted for the rescheduled conference; you will not need to resubmit your proposal.

Submit your proposal today via the CFP Submission Portal HERE

Note: More details including lodging and registration are available below.

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Conference Location

Cuyahoga Community College’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center is located on Tri-C’s Eastern Campus in Highland Hills, a suburb of Cleveland. This inviting, state-of-the-art facility will host all conference activities scheduled for Friday, October 14, and Saturday, October 15. Click here for directions to Eastern Campus.


CCHA has reserved a block of rooms for the 2022 national conference at the Marriott Cleveland East, which is less than a 15-minute walk to the conference location. The hotel will host the Thursday night reception and keynote address. To reserve a room at the special conference rate, call (216) 378-9191 and inform the hotel that you’ll be attending CCHA 2022.


Mandel Center Exterior

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***We are pleased to announce that the first 50 people to register for the conference will be reimbursed their fees–thanks to a generous grant from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation.  (Funds will be distributed at the conclusion of the conference.) What’s more, during the conference we will be awarding as many as 50 additional travel grants of up to $800 each to cover attendees’ travel expenses. To enter the lottery to be eligible for this reimbursement, please fill out this form.

***When registering, individual members should have received an email with a discount code, and faculty at supporting institutions can also receive a limited number of discounts and/or free registrations.

Picture1CCHA’s Thursday Night Keynote

October 13, 2022

True Public Musicology

Jason Hanley

Drawing on his own work over the last fourteen years as an educator at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as well as foundational concepts in disciplines including Public History, Applied Ethnomusicology, and Museum Studies, Hanley proposes four key areas where public musicology must be different from work that is conceived of as academic musicology: Dialogue, Pedagogy & Presentation, Diversity, and Knowledge & Skills.  Each of these addresses the core challenge of how a true “public musicology” needs to consider its audience – not as passive receptacles of knowledge – but as engaged participants whose personal experiences serve a vital role in the transfer of knowledge.   As such, the word “public” is not a person or a location, but a method for using the traditional tools of the field to develop a new understanding of the experience of music, one that connects to people’s lives and is not obscure or esoteric, and is certainly not done.

Vice President of Education and Visitor Engagement, Hanley makes sure every guest who engages with the Rock Hall learns its history and leaves inspired. He develops the Museum’s award-winning programs at the preK-12, university, and adult learning levels. These programs take place both on-site and online, including the Rock Hall EDU educational platform. Jason plans and implements all of the Museum’s family events, community events and partnerships, and live concerts – including the summer concert series Rock Hall Live. He also oversees the museum’s daily operations and visitor experience in several related departments that include Visitor Services, Visitor Engagement, Security, Box Office, and AV Services. He is executive producer of the Museum’s Rock Hall Honors series and is often the face of the Rock Hall in interviews with artists, producers, and industry professionals.

Hanley holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Stony Brook University and has been with the Rock Hall since 2004. Before coming to the Rock Hall he worked in New York as a performing musician, songwriter, record label owner, scholar, and author – his book, Music Lab, We Rock!: A Fun Family Guide for Exploring Rock Music History, was released in 2014. Music has always been a central focus of his life, from seeing Elvis Presley when he was only five, performing live at CBGBs in the early 1990s, and his current work at the Rock Hall. Hanley has spent time at the lectern in several schools teaching classes in music history, electronic music, and popular music studies at Hofstra, Cleveland State, Case Western Reserve University, Cuyahoga Community College, and Stony Brook University.

Picture2CCHA’s Friday Luncheon Keynote

October 14, 2022

Flynn Coleman


Flynn Coleman is a writer, international human rights attorney, public speaker, professor, Harvard fellow, and social innovator. Picture3She has worked with the United Nations, the United States federal government, and international corporations and human rights organizations around the world. Flynn has spoken and written extensively on issues of global citizenship, the future of work, purpose, democracy, and humanity, emerging technologies, political reconciliation, war crimes, genocide, human and civil rights, humanitarian issues, innovation and design for social impact, and improving access to justice and education.

She is the author of A Human Algorithm, a groundbreaking narrative on the urgency of ethically designed AI and a guidebook to reimagining life in the era of intelligent technology. Flynn has been appointed as a fellow with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, as well as The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. She holds a BSFS from Georgetown University, a JD from UC Berkeley School of Law, and an LLM from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Picture4CCHA’s Saturday Luncheon Keynote Speakers

October 15, 2022

Dr. Anika Prather, sharing the stage in a panel discussion with Dr. Dan-el Padilla Peralta


Dr. Anika T. Prather earned her B.A. from Howard University in elementary education.  She also has earned several graduate degrees in education from New York University and Howard University.  She has a Masters in liberal arts from St. John’s College image001(Annapolis) and a PhD in English, Theatre and Literacy Education from the University of Maryland (College Park).  Her research focus is on building literacy with African American students through engagement in the books of the Canon and self-published her dissertation Living in the Constellation of the Canon: The Lived Experiences of African American Students Reading Great Books Literature.  Her upcoming book co-authored with Dr. Angel Parham is entitled The Black Intellectual Tradition will be released June 2022. She has served as a teacher, supervisor for student teachers, director of education and Head of School.  Currently she teaches in the English Dept at Howard University  and the classics dept at the University of Maryland. She is also the founder of The Living Water School, located in Old Town Alexandria.  The Living Water School is a virtual, classically inspired school for independent learners, based on the educational philosophies of Classical Education and the Sudbury Model.  She is married to Damon M. Prather an engineer and has an MBA (Wisconsin-Madison). She and her husband Damon, have three young children, and they reside in the DC metropolitan area.



Picture6Dr. Dan-el Padilla Peralta, sharing the stage in a panel discussion with Dr. Anika Prather

Saturday Keynote Luncheon


Dominican by birth and New Yorker by upbringing, I tricked myself into writing four junior papers and two senior theses en route to graduating summa cum laude from Princeton in Classics with a WWS certificate (2006; Latin Salutatory). I held the Daniel M. Sachs Class of 1960 Graduating Scholarship to read for the M.Phil. in Greek and Roman History at Oxford (2008); the next stop was a Ph.D. in Classics from Stanford (2014), generously supported by the Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship. After a two-year postdoctoral stint at Columbia’s Society of Fellows, I returned to Princeton. In addition to my appointment in Classics, I am affiliated with the Program in Latino Studies.

My core research and teaching focus is the Roman Republic and early Empire. Blending social-scientific techniques with literary and material evidence, Picture8Divine Institutions (in progress; PUP) argues that temple construction and pilgrimage networks held the “imperial Republic” together as it expanded across Italy and the Mediterranean. In a happy case of superfetation, several shorter projects are gestating together with the book: articles on the religious world of Rome’s slaves, divination’s play with local ecologies, and families with quirky names are all in various stages of preparation. Two pieces on Varro—for whom I have a particular fondness—will see the light of publication soon; and a co-edited volume of essays on Roman appropriation (Empire of Plunder: CUP) is approaching the finish line. The common thread is an enduring concern with patterns of cultural and intellectual exchange; an interest in new approaches that can better illuminate those patterns; and an ecumenical attitude to the many different kinds of ancient evidence available to us. I also work on classical reception in contemporary American and Latin American cultures. An essay on the politics of classical reception in Santo Domingo will appear in The Oxford handbook of comparative political theory, and I’m contributing to a volume on classical receptions in the Black Atlantic. The classical reception hat will stay on as I dig into a new project on conceptions and practices of citizenship across time. Another new project keeping me busy these days has as its major theme waste and its handling from antiquity (and as mediated byPicture7 antiquity) to the present. Scratching the itch of my fascination with waste is taking me on a journey whose final destination is known only to the gods; early thoughts were distilled into a meditation on waste and funk for Liquid Antiquity, curated by my colleague Brooke Holmes. A staunch believer in the importance of public scholarship, I’ve written for and sit on the editorial board of the journal Eidolon: past articles include an essay on Greco-Roman receptions in hip-hop and a twoparter on immigration that was picked up by Newsweek. In 2015 I published a memoir on the intersection of my migratory subjectivity and Dominican identity with my formation as a classicist (Undocumented: A Dominican boy’s odyssey from a homeless shelter to the Ivy League: Penguin Press); I’ve since written shorter pieces for The Guardian, Matter, and Vox. This writing is motivated by the sense that writing and teaching have a vital role to play in the pursuit of social justice, and by the strong conviction that classics and classicists should be allies and champions for black and brown folk. I love nothing more than to proselytize for classics and the humanities.

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