Monthly Archives: March 2015

Nominations for Prize Committees

The Committee on Honors and Awards makes appointments to the prize selection committees every spring. Members who would like to suggest themselves or other members for appointment to particular prize committees may do so by 15 April by sending a message to The following information should be included: name of the committee, name of… Read more »

Executive Council Condemns Violence in Mexico

In response to recent murders and disappearances of students and teachers in Mexico, the MLA Executive Council has issued a statement condemning the violence. These actions, the statement declares, “have created an environment in which learning and critical thinking are deemed dangerous activities.” The MLA is committed to supporting academic freedom and denounces these threats… Read more »

Contribute to an MLA Approaches to Teaching Volume

The volume Approaches to Teaching the Works of Federico García Lorca, edited by José I. Badenes and Cecelia J. Cavanaugh, is now in development in the MLA Approaches to Teaching World Literature series. Instructors who have taught these works are encouraged to contribute to the volume by completing a survey about their experiences. Information about… Read more »

MLA Report Spurs Discussion about the Value of Studying a Foreign Language

Since its release in February, the MLA’s report Enrollments in Languages Other Than English in United States Institutions of Higher Education, Fall 2013 has received coverage in the Washington Post, Inside Higher Ed, and numerous university and regional outlets. While enrollments in language courses have increased 11.9% since 2002, the 2013 survey showed a decline… Read more »

Participate in an MLA Survey about the Use of Trigger Warnings

The MLA Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession (CSWP) seeks feedback from MLA members on the use of trigger warnings—written warnings that alert students that material assigned in a course might be upsetting or offensive—at their institutions. Please take a brief survey, which is intended to gather information on broad trends in the… Read more »

MLA Statement on Electronic Publication

The MLA has just released an updated statement on electronic publication. Revised by the Committee on Information Technology, the statement affirms that “[e]lectronically published journal articles, monographs, and long-form scholarship are viable and credible modes of scholarly publication” and that publishing electronically offers advantages to the author and the user, including ease of access and… Read more »

Propose an Essay on Teaching the Harlem Renaissance

The volume Teaching the Harlem Renaissance, edited by Venetria K. Patton, is now in development in the MLA Options for Teaching series. To learn more about the volume and how to propose an essay, please visit the MLA Web site. Abstracts and CVs are due to the editor by 1 August 2015.

The Chainbearer; or, The Littlepage Manuscripts Awarded CSE Seal

On 11 March 2015, the Committee on Scholarly Editions (CSE) awarded the CSE seal to The Chainbearer; or, The Littlepage Manuscripts, by James Fenimore Cooper, edited by Lance Schachterle and James P. Elliott. The volume will be published by AMS Press. The CSE serves as a clearinghouse for information about scholarly editing and editorial projects,… Read more »

Submitting Convention Program Forms for MLA Austin

If you’re planning a session for the 2016 MLA Annual Convention in Austin, to be held 7–10 January, please visit the MLA Web site to access forms for submitting program copy and for proposing sessions. The deadline for all forms is 1 April. Special-session proposals and nonguaranteed-session proposals will be reviewed by the Program Committee at… Read more »