2020 Spring Meeting at the University of Scranton Canceled Over Coronavirus Concerns

  • Full refunds will be processed by March 15
  • All papers accepted for 2020 will be automatically accepted for the 2021 Spring Meeting

Dear Colleague:

The American Catholic Historical Association is announcing the cancelation of its Spring Meeting at the University of Scranton, originally scheduled for April 17-18. The public health emergency presented by COVID-19 has closed the University of Scranton campus until at least April 12 and makes holding any gathering such as ours impractical and inadvisable. We are deeply disappointed that we will be unable to see so many of you, but we also hope that this provides some measure of relief.

All conference registrants will receive full refunds of all registration fees. Registrants will receive a separate e-mail as we process their refunds.

All papers and panels accepted for the Scranton meeting (or variations thereof) are automatically accepted for the 2021 meeting. We’ll announce further details about next year’s location and how to register in the summer and fall. You will not have to submit another proposal.

If you reserved a room at the Radisson Hotel, please cancel your reservation directly with the Raddison via its online reservation system or via phone at (800) 333-3333 (reservation hotline) or (570) 342-8300 (Scranton Radisson main number). If you have any difficulties canceling, Roy Domenico, who has been organizing the conference, has volunteered to help. He can be reached at [email protected].

Many airlines have liberalized their flight rebooking and cancelation policies. This article provides a good overview; expect the specifics to change rapidly.

We are also announcing that we are extending our call for papers for the 2021 Annual Meeting until March 31. You can access our submission system at achahistory.org/seattle2021.

We look forward to seeing you in good health at the Annual Meeting in January and again next spring.

With warm regards,

Roy Domenico
Robert Shaffern
University of Scranton

James Carroll
Catherine Osborne
Tom Rzeznik
Anthony Smith
Charles T. Strauss
ACHA Program Committee