Monthly Archives: December 2013

Mobile Program and Convention Guide

Starting to plan your time in Chicago? More information about the 2014 MLA Annual Convention is now available in two online resources. Both the 2014 mobile Program and the Convention Guide offer quick information about on-site convention resources and floor plans for meeting venues. To search convention sessions by keyword or subject and to browse… Read more »

Results of 2013 Elections

Balloting in the 2013 elections for second vice president, the Executive Council, the Delegate Assembly, and the division and discussion group executive committees closed on 10 December. Kwame Anthony Appiah was elected second vice president, and Brian Croxall, Margaret R. Higonnet, and Tracy Denean Sharpley-Whiting were elected to at-large seats on the Executive Council for… Read more »

Agenda for the 2014 Delegate Assembly Meeting

Documents related to several items on the agenda for the upcoming meeting of the Delegate Assembly, to be held on Saturday, 11 January, during the 2014 MLA Annual Convention in Chicago (session 544), have now been posted in the members-only area at the Web site. MLA members who wish to address the assembly on a particular… Read more »

Four New Profession Essays Now Online

Four new essays have now been published on the Profession site. Examining departmental boundaries, university governance, what accommodation means in the academic workplace, and how PhD programs fit into the new knowledge economy, these essays challenge existing models to ask, What’s next? All Profession essays are publicly available; to comment, log in to MLA Commons with… Read more »

Video Recording of Humanities Roundtable Now Online

A video recording of “The Humanities and the MLA Today,” a roundtable discussion held in October by Columbia University’s Maison Française, is now available on the From the President blog. The roundtable featured Marianne Hirsch, 2013 MLA president; Mary Louise Pratt, former MLA president; Pierre Force, dean of humanities, Columbia University; and Carlos Alonso, member… Read more »

Make Your Executive Committee Suggestions Now

This year’s elections may be over, but there is still time for members to make suggestions for the division and discussion group executive committee elections to be held in 2014. Serving on an executive committee is an excellent way for members to become more involved in association activities, to create exciting programming for the annual… Read more »

New Commons Groups for Convention Attendees

Attending the MLA convention in Chicago? Make the most of the convention by participating in convention-related groups on MLA Commons. Two new groups for attendees will help you navigate the convention, connect with colleagues, and stay on top of the latest information. All attendees will want to check out the 2014 MLA Convention group, where… Read more »

Tender Buttons Edition Receives CSE Seal

On 2 December 2013, the Committee on Scholarly Editions (CSE) awarded the CSE seal to Tender Buttons: The Corrected Centennial Edition, by Gertrude Stein, edited by Seth Perlow, with an afterword by Juliana Spahr. The volume will be published by City Lights Books. The CSE serves as a clearinghouse for information about scholarly editing and… Read more »

2013 Prizewinners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 MLA publication-prize competitions. The publication prizes will be awarded in a ceremony on 11 January at the 2014 MLA Annual Convention in Chicago. The ceremony is open to the public and will be followed by a reception.

MLA Cited in Article about Challenges Facing the Humanities

Quoted in a recent New York Times article, the MLA executive director, Rosemary G. Feal, expresses concern about the devaluing of the humanities by legislators. Documenting challenges to humanities funding worldwide, the article also cites Michael Bérubé, a former MLA president, who argues that disputed claims about the decline of humanities enrollments are being used… Read more »