The last time the American Educational Research Association cancelled its annual research meeting, its members’ countries were embroiled in World War II. This time, it was the unrelenting spread of the new coronavirus.
Late Monday night, AERA Executive Director Felice Levine and President Vanessa Siddle Walker announced the group would cancel its plan to hold its annual research conference virtually. The latest announcement comes only a few weeks after it said it would change its in-person conference scheduled for next month in San Francisco, a community hit particularly hard by the virus, to a virtual event. .