Posts Categorized: MLA in the News

In Memory of Robert Scholes, 1929–2016

The Modern Language Association mourns the passing of Robert Scholes, former MLA president and Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities Emeritus at Brown University. A founder of Brown’s semiotics program, now the Department of Modern Culture and Media, Scholes was a leading figure in the fields of semiotics and structuralism. In 1966, he and… Read more »

Michael Holquist, Former President of the MLA, 1935–2016

The MLA mourns the recent passing of Michael Holquist, who was president of the MLA in 2007. An accomplished scholar, translator, and editor, Holquist published on a range of subjects from utopian fiction to Dostoevsky but was perhaps best known for his scholarship on the work of Mikhail Bakhtin.  After tenures in the Slavic departments… Read more »

New Handbook Launches

The eighth edition of the MLA Handbook, which debuted at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference and Bookfair, has received praise for its more streamlined approach to documentation. Created for a digital era in which publications migrate fluidly among different media, the new MLA style emphasizes the elements common to most works instead… Read more »

Stephen Greenblatt, Former President of the MLA, Receives Holberg Prize

The MLA congratulates Stephen Greenblatt, past president of the association and John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University, on being awarded the 2016 Holberg Prize—the largest international prize awarded annually to an outstanding researcher in the arts and humanities, social science, law, and theology. In awarding the prize to Greenblatt, Pratap Bhanu… Read more »

MLA Projects Cited in Article about New NEH Initiative

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has just launched Next Generation Humanities PhD Grants, a project that will support institutions in preparing students for careers outside the academy. Planning grants and implementation grants will enable institutions “to transform doctoral-level humanities preparation,” according to an article in Inside Higher Ed. MLA Executive Director Rosemary G. Feal… Read more »

MLA Report Spurs Discussion about the Value of Studying a Foreign Language

Since its release in February, the MLA’s report Enrollments in Languages Other Than English in United States Institutions of Higher Education, Fall 2013 has received coverage in the Washington Post, Inside Higher Ed, and numerous university and regional outlets. While enrollments in language courses have increased 11.9% since 2002, the 2013 survey showed a decline… Read more »

John H. Fisher, Former President of the MLA, 1919–2015

John Hurt Fisher, who served as president of the MLA in 1974 and as the association’s executive secretary and the editor of PMLA from 1963 to 1971, died on 17 February. An accomplished teacher, scholar, and administrator, he wrote many books and articles on English medieval literature and cofounded the New Chaucer Society. His teaching… Read more »

Precariat Panel Features MLA Executive Director

Rosemary G. Feal, the executive director of the MLA, joined Barbara Ehrenreich, Andrew Ross, and Jennie Shanker in Washington, DC, on 14 January on the panel The Emergence of the “Precariat”: What Does the Loss of Stable, Well-Compensated Employment Mean for Education? Sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute and the American Federation of Teachers, the… Read more »

Tips for Interviewees from MLA President Margaret Ferguson

In an interview with HigherEdJobs, Margaret Ferguson, the president of the MLA, discusses what new attendees of the MLA convention can expect, offers guidance on preparing for interviews, and highlights resources available on the MLA Web site. Read the full interview for more of Ferguson’s strategies for interviewing success and to get a preview of… Read more »