ACRL 2025 Opening Keynote Speaker Announced

ACRL is pleased to announce Ruha Benjamin as the opening keynote speaker for the ACRL 2025 Conference, “Democratizing Knowledge, Access, and Opportunities,” to be held April 2-5, 2025, in Minneapolis and online.

Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, Benjamin is the Founding Director of the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab and author of the award-winning book Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code, among many other publications. Her work investigates the social dimensions of science, medicine and technology with a focus on the relationship between innovation and inequity, health and justice, knowledge and power.

Benjamin earned a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Spelman College, MA and PhD in Sociology from the University of California Berkeley and completed postdoctoral fellowships at UCLA’s Institute for Society & Genetics and Harvard University’s Science, Technology & Society Program. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including from the American Council of Learned Societies, National Science Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation 2020 Freedom Scholar Award and the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton. Learn more about Benjamin at

Additional details about the ACRL 2025 Conference are available on the conference website. Conference registration opens in September 2024. The proposal submission deadline for contributed paper, panel session, and workshop proposals is June 7, 2024. The deadline for lightning talk, poster session, roundtable discussion, and virtual conference presentation proposals is October 18, 2024. Scholarship and Spectrum Scholar Travel Grant applications are due October 11, 2024.