Posts Categorized: Feature

Spring Newsletter Now Online

Members can now read the Spring Newsletter for election results, winners of MLA prizes, Margaret W. Ferguson’s president’s column on humanities education as a public—and common—good, and Rosemary G. Feal’s editor’s column on controversies at the 2014 MLA Annual Convention. To comment on the columns, visit the From the President and From the Executive Director blogs.

2015 Presidential Theme: Negotiating Sites of Memory

Margaret Ferguson, the 2014 MLA president, has chosen Negotiating Sites of Memory as the presidential theme of the 2015 convention, which will be held in Vancouver. The theme invites MLA members to think expansively about sites of memory that are important to their work as scholars, teachers, students, and members of an association that negotiates on behalf of… Read more »

Joint Bulletin on Contingent Faculty Issues Now Available

A special joint issue of the ADE Bulletin and the ADFL Bulletin on contingent faculty has been posted on the ADE and ADFL Web sites. An initiative of the MLA Committee on Contingent Labor in the Profession, the joint bulletin brings together data, analysis, and firsthand experience to reflect on the current state of contingent labor… Read more »

Revised Draft of MLA Forums Now Open to Comments

The Working Group for the Revision of the MLA Divisions and Discussion Groups has completed a new draft of the proposal in response to nearly 1,000 member comments on MLA Commons. Members are invited to comment on the revised draft by 1 February 2014. This latest draft includes brief explanatory comments and specific questions about certain groups…. Read more »

Results of 2013 Elections

Balloting in the 2013 elections for second vice president, the Executive Council, the Delegate Assembly, and the division and discussion group executive committees closed on 10 December. Kwame Anthony Appiah was elected second vice president, and Brian Croxall, Margaret R. Higonnet, and Tracy Denean Sharpley-Whiting were elected to at-large seats on the Executive Council for… Read more »

New Commons Groups for Convention Attendees

Attending the MLA convention in Chicago? Make the most of the convention by participating in convention-related groups on MLA Commons. Two new groups for attendees will help you navigate the convention, connect with colleagues, and stay on top of the latest information. All attendees will want to check out the 2014 MLA Convention group, where… Read more »

2013 Prizewinners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 MLA publication-prize competitions. The publication prizes will be awarded in a ceremony on 11 January at the 2014 MLA Annual Convention in Chicago. The ceremony is open to the public and will be followed by a reception.

MLA Cited in Article about Challenges Facing the Humanities

Quoted in a recent New York Times article, the MLA executive director, Rosemary G. Feal, expresses concern about the devaluing of the humanities by legislators. Documenting challenges to humanities funding worldwide, the article also cites Michael Bérubé, a former MLA president, who argues that disputed claims about the decline of humanities enrollments are being used… Read more »

Lists of Convention Sessions on Various Topics

Searching for convention sessions related to a particular topic? A new MLA Commons page features a compilation of lists of sessions and events at the 2014 MLA Annual Convention in Chicago that have been provided by MLA members and committees, as well as the MLA staff. So far, the page includes lists that may be of interest… Read more »

New Essays Added to the Open-Access Profession Site

Five essays from the Committee on the Literatures of People of Color in the United States and Canada have been added to Profession, the association’s online open-access journal. This special section addresses the data presented in the MLA report Data on Humanities Doctorate Recipients and Faculty Members by Race and Ethnicity and, in the words… Read more »