About

ACIS-West is the Western Regional chapter of the American Conference for Irish Studies, a multidisciplinary scholarly organization with approximately 800 members in the United States, Ireland, Canada, and other countries around the world. Each fall, ACIS-West holds an annual conference featuring plenary speakers, academic sessions in all fields of Irish Studies, poetry and fiction readings, films, and performances of Irish music and plays.

The current President is Sarah L. Townsend, Assistant Professor of English at the University of New Mexico (sltownse@unm.edu).

The current Secretary-Treasurer is Donna L. Potts, Professor of English at Washington State University (donnal.potts@gmail.com).

Past Meetings:

Year Location Host(s) Organizer(s)
1985 San Francisco, CA University of San Francisco James P. Walsh
1986 Santa Barbara, CA UC Santa Barbara Donald E. Jordan, Jr.
1987 Seattle, WA University of Washington Donna Gerstenberger
1988 Moraga, CA St. Mary’s College Brother Ronald Gallagher
1989 Claremont Pomona College Eileen Kearney
1990 Ashland, OR Southern Oregon State Kathleen A. Quinn
1991 Stockton, CA University of the Pacific Kara Brewer
1992 Los Angeles, CA Loyola Marymount John Menehan
1993 Corvallis, OR Oregon State University Willard C. Potts, Jr.
1994 San José, CA San José State University James P. Walsh
1995 Tucson, AZ University of Arizona Ann Owen Weekes
1996 San Francisco, CA San Francisco State University Stephen Arkin
1997 San Diego, CA University of San Diego Stephen Arkin
1998 Tacoma, WA University of Puget Sound Robert F. Garratt
1999 Ellensburg, WA Central Washington U Virginia Mack
2000 Gig Harbor,WA Pacific Lutheran University Audrey Eyler
    Tacoma Community College Kendall Reid
2001 Tacoma, WA Pacific Lutheran University Audrey Eyler
2002 Santa Clara, CA Santa Clara University Timothy J. O’Keefe
2003 Boise, ID Boise State University Helen Lojek
2004 Greeley, CO U of Northern Colorado Susan Herold
2005 Corvallis, OR Oregon State University Charlotte Headrick
2006 Newberg, OR George Fox University Kathleen Heininge
2007 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Community College Kendall Reid
2008 Albuquerque, NM University of New Mexico Mary Power
2009 Los Gatos, CA C.B. Hannegan’s J.Hannegan, OKeefe, Walsh
2010 Boise, ID Boise State University Jodi Chilson
2011 San José, CA San José State University Matthew Spangler
2012 Park City, UT Brigham Young University Brandie Siegfried
2013 San Francisco, CA ACIS-West Jodi Chilson
2014 Santa Fe, NM University of New Mexico Caleb Richardson
2015 Rapid City, SD ACIS-West Sarah Townsend
2016 Missoula, MT University of Montana Traolach O’Riordain
2017 Spokane, WA Washington State University Donna Potts

For more information on the ACIS national organization, visit http://acisweb.org/.

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