eighteenth Annual Meeting of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress

Documenting Disruption and Division

May 4-6, 2021

Virtual Conference

ACSC’s first-ever virtual conference will offer quality presentations, member updates, and opportunities to connect with colleagues. 

Annual Meeting Program

All times in Eastern Standard Time

Tuesday, May 4

1:00 pm. Welcome

Hope Bibens, President, ACSC

1:10 p.m. Session 1: Keynote Address

Dr. Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University

2:10 p.m. Break

2:30 p.m. Session 2: Congressional Research

Larry Tye, Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy

Leandra Zarnow, Battling Bella: The Protest Politics of Bella Abzug 

James Wyatt, Moderator

3:30 p.m. Break

3:45 p.m. Session 3: Member Update

5:00 p.m. Adjourn

Wednesday, May 5

1:00 p.m. Session 4: Former Member Panel 1

Former Senator and Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun (D-IL)

Betty Koed, Senate Historian, Interviewer/Moderator

2:00 p.m. Break

2:15 p.m. Session 5: Archives in Policy

ACSC members will discuss their archives around the policy area of environment and climate change.  

  • Kaylynn Washnock Stooksbury, Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia, exhibition, At War With Nature: The Battle to Control Pests in Georgia’s Forests, Fields, and Front Yards
  • L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin, University of Delaware, intentional collecting
  • Steve Hussman, University of Arizona, environmental legacy of Stewart Udall
  • Julie Clover, Dole Institute of Politics, University of Kansas, research topic guide on environmental studies
  • Michael Camp, independent researcher, Writing Environmental History Using U.S. Representative John Duncan’s Constituent Correspondence

3:15 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m. Session 6: Former Member Panel 2

Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (D-MD) served in the U.S. House of Representatives for five terms, beginning with her win by special election in 2008 until her departure in 2017. The first African-American woman elected to Congress from Maryland, she spent her time in the House working to protect women from domestic violence and promoting health care reform. This session features Congresswoman Edwards in conversation with Kathleen Johnson, Oral History Manager in the Office of the House Historian.

Former Representative Donna F. Edwards (D-MD)

Kathleen Johnson, Interviewer/Moderator

4:30 p.m. Break

4:35 p.m. Session 7: Member Networking  

Thursday, May 6

1:00 p.m. Session 8: Civic Education for American Democracy

Charles Flanagan, Outreach Supervisor, Center for Legislative Archives, NARA, Moderator

Val McVey, Civic Renewal Network

Natacha Scott, iCivics/EAD Roadmap

2 p.m. Break

2:15 p.m. Session 9: Civic Education for American Democracy Workshop

ACSC members will participate in a workshop designed to contribute ACSC member expertise and archival resources to civic education initiatives. Take a look at the EAD Roadmap to get the brainstorming started! 

Danielle Emerling, Moderator

Facilitators: Rebecca Parmer, Mike Berry, Dawn Sueoka, Mary Goolsby, and Jody Brumage

3:30 p.m. Session 10: ACSC Business Meeting

4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

Hope Bibens, President, ACSC 



ACSC offers an affordable learning and networking opportunity.

ACSC Members: free*
Guests of ACSC Institutional Members: free**
Non-members: $50 

*ACSC members must log into the registration page to register for free.

**Administrators of Institutional Memberships may register guests for free following these instructions:

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  2. Navigate to the registration page.
  3. Click “Register.”
  4. Enter your email and click “Next.”
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  6. Enter your information.
  7. Scroll down to Guests Registration.
  8. Click “Add Guest.”
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  10. Repeat for each additional guest.
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