Connected Academics Proseminar Attracts Broad Interest

Nearly two hundred and fifty candidates applied for the MLA’s Connected Academics proseminar, a program offering twenty language and literature doctoral candidates and recent PhD recipients in the New York City area an opportunity to explore a range of career options. As the project’s coordinator, Stacy Hartman, writes in a recent blog post, applicants were inspired not only by pragmatic concerns about pursuing an academic position but also by an enthusiasm for finding new ways to use their training to help others: “The applications reflected a powerful belief in the humanities and in humanistic thought and a conviction that those who decided to pursue a connected career were not abandoning their ideals—far from it.” The participants will begin their work in September. To follow the project, we encourage you to visit the Web site, join the group on MLA Commons, or attend Connected Academics sessions at the MLA convention in Austin.