Posts Categorized: Feature

2018 MLA Elections

The Nominating Committee has arranged the 2018 elections for second vice president and the Executive Council, and the Elections Committee has arranged thirty-five contests for professional-issues and regional seats in the Delegate Assembly. Information on these elections, on the candidates, and on members’ right to initiate a petition proposing additional candidates has been posted at… Read more »

2018 Ratification Ballot Awaits Members’ Attention

Final adoption of the constitutional amendments and the resolution approved by the Delegate Assembly at its January 2018 meeting depends on the vote of the membership. The online ratification ballot will be available at the MLA Web site only until the end of the month. All members in good standing as of 17 April who were… Read more »

Contribute to an MLA Approaches Volume on Teaching Homer’s Odyssey

The volume Approaches to Teaching Homer’s Odyssey, edited by Lillian E. Doherty, is now in development in the MLA series Approaches to Teaching World Literature. 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 the end… Read more »

MLA Members Named Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The Modern Language Association congratulates the five MLA members who were named 2018 fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in recognition of their contributions to literary criticism and literature. Lauren Berlant, University of Chicago Bill Brown, University of Chicago Simon E. Gikandi, Princeton University Viet Thanh Nguyen, University of Southern California Diana… Read more »

MLA Members Receive 2018 National Endowment for the Humanities Grants

The Modern Language Association congratulates the nine MLA members who were awarded National Endowment for the Humanities grants in April 2018. Their various projects include an interdisciplinary undergraduate course on war led by student veterans and a study on the literary cultural connections between the Philippines and Latin America. Dialogues on the Experience of War… Read more »

MLA Receives Grant to Support Archiving Activities

The MLA has received grant funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources to support an ongoing project, The Hidden History of Modern Language: Revitalizing the Archives of the Modern Language Association. The MLA will engage in a five-month project processing and cataloging the General Chronological Series, dramatically improving the… Read more »

We Want Your Recipes!

Have a delicious recipe with a literary tie-in? We’re seeking literary-themed recipes for the MLA’s first cookbook. Proceeds from the cookbook, which will be sold at the 2019 convention in Chicago, will support the MLA’s advocacy and professional development programs. To submit your recipe, e-mail achang@mla.org by 15 May. We welcome recipes for appetizers, main and side… Read more »

MLA Members Receive 2018 Guggenheim Award

Congratulations to the six MLA members among the winners of the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships announced in April 2018. The projects recognized include a study of structural ontology, early-nineteenth-century female literary celebrities, the social upheaval and transformation in early-twentieth-century emergent black ghettos, medieval text technologies, and English translations of two Argentine novels. Fellowships Esther Allen,… Read more »

MLA Opposes Cuts to Academic Programs in Wisconsin

The MLA and twenty-two other scholarly associations have issued a joint statement urging the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, administration to reconsider proposals to eliminate key humanities and social science majors. These programs are critical to preparing students for the full range of careers they are likely to experience in their working lifetimes. We encourage… Read more »

New MLA Report Documents Trends in Language Study

The results of the MLA’s latest census of language course enrollments in colleges and universities in the United States are now available in a preliminary report on the MLA Web site. According to Enrollments in Languages Other Than English in United States Institutions of Higher Education, Summer 2016 and Fall 2016: Preliminary Report, aggregated fall… Read more »