Monthly Archives: November 2015

MLA Joins in Opposing Campus Carry Legislation

The Modern Language Association joins our colleagues in twenty-eight other scholarly societies in opposing legislation designed to facilitate the carrying of guns on college campuses. Such legislation threatens the safety of the students we teach and compromises freedom of expression on campus. We encourage our members and all teachers in states considering such legislation to… Read more »

Agenda for the 2016 Delegate Assembly Meeting

Basic information about the agenda for the upcoming meeting of the Delegate Assembly, to be held on Saturday, 9 January, during the 2016 MLA Annual Convention in Austin (session 571), has been posted at the Web site. So that association members may engage with the issues to be discussed at the Delegate Assembly meeting, meeting documents… Read more »

Winter 2015 Newsletter Now Online

The Winter 2015 MLA Newsletter is now available online. Read the issue for information about the Austin convention, Roland Greene’s president’s column on the public work of interpretation, Rosemary G. Feal’s editor’s column on the challenges facing the Commission on Language Learning, and a report on the 2014–15 Job Information List.

Three More Weeks to Vote in 2015 MLA Elections

Members are strongly encouraged to cast their votes in this year’s elections for second vice president, the Executive Council, the Delegate Assembly, and the convention forum executive committees. All 2015 members are eligible to vote; those who wish to join or renew for the 2015 membership year should e-mail by 30 November. The online… Read more »

Speak Up for the Humanities on Capitol Hill

MLA members are invited to participate in the National Humanities Alliance’s Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day on 14–15 March 2016 in Washington, DC. Participants will have the opportunity to connect with other humanities advocates from around the country and to communicate the value of the humanities to members of Congress and to key congressional… Read more »

Contribute to an MLA Volume on Teaching Plum in the Golden Vase

The volume Approaches to Teaching Plum in the Golden Vase, edited by Andrew Schonebaum, is now in development in the MLA Approaches to Teaching World Literature series. Instructors who have taught this work are encouraged to contribute to the volume by completing a survey about their experiences. Information about proposing an essay is available at… Read more »

7 November 2016 Deadline for PMLA Special Topic

Interested members still have nearly a year to prepare submissions for Cultures of Reading, a special topic in a future issue of PMLA. The PMLA Editorial Board invites essays that explore reading as a plural activity and that consider readers and the social institutions of literacy in any period or cultural tradition. Potential contributors are encouraged to think about… Read more »

Help Lead an MLA Forum

Have you ever wondered how you could become more involved in association activities? Would you like to expand your field’s boundaries by creating exciting programming for the annual convention? How about furthering the development of MLA Commons as a tool for scholarly and professional collaboration? Service on a forum executive committee allows members to pursue… Read more »

Update on Convention Childcare

Because of a minimal interest in the proposed on-site childcare service, the MLA is instead offering reimbursements of up to $300 to members who are registered for the convention and use childcare services, whether through one of the convention hotels or another service, during convention hours. If more requests are received than can be reimbursed with… Read more »

Suggested Reading: March PMLA

Recently mailed to MLA members, the March 2015 issue of PMLA features six regular essays; a Changing Profession cluster, “The Semipublic Intellectual: Academia, Criticism, and the Internet Age”; a Theories and Methodologies cluster, “Reframing Postcolonial and Global Studies in the Longer Durée”; a tribute to the former PMLA editor Patsy Yaeger; and more. Library access is available… Read more »