National Coalition of Independent Scholars Conference

June 18-21, 2015, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Independent Scholars To Gather In New Haven in June

NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT — Independent scholars are at a crossroads.  They pursue their research and writing without institutional support and often depend on the diverse range of scholarly resources available through the Internet. Open access to information and advanced research technologies, however, is continually challenged by paywalls and operational expenses that require large institutional budgets.

Independent scholars lack the collegial support of departmental colleagues, yet have numerous avenues to connect with scholars around the world through listservs, online discussion groups, email, and social media. Independent scholars may not have senior faculty for guidance or graduate students for collaboration, but they participate in conferences and make crucial contacts with fellow scholars.

National Coalition of Independent Scholars (NCIS), a nonprofit organization founded in 1989, will meet June 18-21, 2015 on the campus of Yale University for paper presentations, panels, workshops, and roundtable discussions, with attendees coming from across the globe to learn from one another and various experts. This three-day event showcases the latest research and collaborations from scholars across numerous disciplines, emerging technologies and innovations for conducting and sharing research, and related best practices for scholars.

Independent scholars will present their research in the humanities, social sciences, and STEM fields. Paper topics range from Nordic noir and Jacobean tragedy to the afterlife in connection with Christian traditions. The conference will also feature panels and workshops led by leaders in digital humanities initiatives at museums, libraries, archives, and research institutions. These sessions will offer practical guidance on how independent scholars can best take advantage of and incorporate rapidly evolving digital technologies into their scholarship. Members and non-members can register online at

Lawrence K. Grossman, former president of PBS and NBC News, will give the keynote address. Mr. Grossman  is Vice Chair and co-founder of the National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies’ Digital Promise campaign. All scholars and the general public are invited to join us for “A Personal Journey Through The New Digital Media Landscape (Without Footnotes),” in which Mr. Grossman will discuss his perspective on safeguarding public access, openness, and transparency of information.

Journalists are invited to attend the conference or interview the president of National Coalition of Independent Scholars, Mona Berman, in advance.

Mona Berman, NCIS President
Tel: 203-562-4720
Web site:
A full schedule is available at


Member and non-member rates for full event packages and single day
attendance are available at


The National Coalition of Independent Scholars is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to advancing independent scholarship in the United States and internationally by providing professional affiliation and access to research facilities, grants, and professional support to scholars across all disciplines who work outside of tenured academia. /Traditions & Transitions/ is the 16th NCIS conference since the organization’s inception in 1989 and will celebrate the occasion of the NCIS 25th anniversary.

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Posted: May 14, 2015