MLA Issues Postelection Statement

In the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election in the United States, the MLA Executive Council has issued a statement reaffirming “in the strongest terms possible its commitment to free inquiry and academic freedom for all, unimpeded by acts of prejudice and hate.” Asserting the need to support those who are vulnerable, the statement recognizes the critical role of the humanities and humanistic knowledge, which “are now more essential than ever to help guide us in these difficult times.” The American Comparative Literature Association, the Modernist Studies Association, the Rhetoric Society of America, and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies have endorsed the MLA statement.