“Prospects: A New Century,” the second biennial conference of C19, was held on April 12-15 in Berkeley, California. Most sessions took place at the Berkeley City Club Hotel, and some were located at the nearby UC Berkeley Alumni House, which was also the location of the Friday night conference reception and launch party for J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists. A survey has been distributed to registrants to measure the satisfaction of attendees and solicit suggestions for future program and venue changes. There were 320 participants on the program, and 375 registrants at the conference, reflecting significant growth from the first conference in 2010 at Penn State University (which had 267 program participants and 295 registrants).
At the Business Meeting on Friday afternoon, chaired by the President, Christopher Looby, reports were presented by the officers and the chairs of standing committees, describing and explaining the activities of the organization over the last two years. Four resolutions were proposed by the Executive Committee and adopted by the membership. Three of them had to do with the Society’s new journal, J19, amending the Bylaws to enable the Executive Committee and the journal’s co-editors to enlarge the editorial board from nine to fifteen, to seat a full fifteen-person editorial board immediately, and to abolish the requirement that there be a special topic issue every year. A fourth amendment was also approved, amending the Bylaws to add the President to the Program Committee as an ex officio member. Minutes of the Business Meeting will be presented for approval at the next meeting.
 The President mistakenly announced at the meeting that this resolution had failed to gain the necessary two-thirds vote in favor, but he was later reminded that according to Robert’s Rules of Order abstentions are not counted and that the resolution had in fact passed.