Henry Glassie was selected by the American Council of Learned Societies (of which AFS is one of 71 member societies) to give its 2011 Charles Homer Haskins Prize Lecture in May 2011. The lecture, given annually by a senior humanist or social scientist since 1983, is named for the first chairman of ACLS and has as its theme "A Life of Learning." The lecturer is asked "to reflect on a lifetime of work as a scholar and an institution builder, on the motives, the chance determinations, the satisfactions (and dissatisfactions) of the life of learning, to explore through one’s own life the larger, institutional life of scholarship.” Glassie is the first folklorist selected to give this lecture.
Glassie's lecture is now available on the ACLS website on video and as a PDF. Of the lecture, ACLS says, "With a range encompassing folk art, folk life, vernacular architecture, and the cultures of Ireland, Turkey, and Bangladesh, Professor Glassie’s body of work demonstrates that material culture studies must include the history not only of objects, but of the individuals who produced them."