Monthly Archives: April 2015

Competing for 2015 Publication Prize in Italian Literary Studies

The MLA Committee on Honors and Awards invites authors to compete for the association’s Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Publication Award for a Manuscript in Italian Literary Studies. The prize, which has a 1 June deadline, is open to manuscripts that have been accepted for publication by not-for-profit presses that are members of the Association of… Read more »

2015 Ratification Ballot Awaits Members’ Attention

Only three weeks remain for MLA members to cast their votes on the constitutional amendments approved by the Delegate Assembly at its January 2015 meeting. Final adoption of the amendments depends on the vote of the membership via the online ballot that is now available in the members-only area of the MLA Web site. The deadline… Read more »

Suggestions Invited for PMLA Editor

MLA members are invited to suggest candidates to serve as editor of PMLA. The term of the current editor, Simon Gikandi, ends in June 2016. The Executive Council subcommittee leading the search is seeking candidates who possess A wide range of intellectual interests, including a commitment to a variety of scholarly approaches and an understanding… Read more »

Virginia Reverses Course on Public Disclosure Requirements for Department Chairs

In December the MLA sent a letter to Terry McAuliffe, the governor of Virginia, to express concern about an executive order requiring certain faculty members at state universities to make public detailed statements of their economic interests. The MLA Executive Council affirmed the importance of public disclosure for “employees with independent budgetary and policy-making authority”… Read more »

Contribute to an MLA Volume on Teaching Unamuno

The volume Approaches to Teaching the Works of Miguel de Unamuno, edited by Luis Alvarez-Castro, 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 proposing an essay is available… Read more »

Candidates for 2015 Elections Announced

The 2015 Nominating Committee has nominated Michael F. Bernard-Donals, Anne Ruggles Gere, and Keith Gilyard for second vice president of the MLA and Lenora Hanson, Steffen Kaupp, Amanda Licastro, John B. Lyon, David Pan, Daniel Powell, and Rafael A. Ramirez Mendoza for the MLA Executive Council. The 2015 Elections Committee has arranged contests to fill… Read more »

Summer Newsletter Highlights

Members can now read the Summer issue of the MLA Newsletter online. In addition to a president’s column about the future of the association and an editor’s column featuring guest commentaries about the #Ferguson2MLA action in Vancouver, the issue includes the nominees for 2015 elections and an invitation to suggest PMLA editor candidates.

2015 Ratification Vote Now Under Way

The 2015 Delegate Assembly approved seven amendments to the MLA constitution. The assembly’s actions are not final, however, since they are subject to ratification by the MLA membership. Members are therefore encouraged to review this year’s ballot and to exercise their right to vote. All members in good standing as of 7 April are eligible… Read more »

Tool Kit on Academic Freedom

The Committee on Academic Freedom and Professional Rights and Responsibilities has just updated its Tool Kit on Academic Freedom. A resource for educators, the tool kit defines academic freedom, explores why it matters and what faculty members can do to protect it, and provides a reading list for those who want to learn more. The… Read more »