Posts Categorized: MLA in the News

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

The Modern Language Association congratulates the five MLA members who were named 2021 fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in recognition of their contributions to the humanities. Ian Baucom, University of Virginia Eric L. Santner, University of Chicago Hortense J. Spillers, Vanderbilt University Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Columbia University Deborah F. Tannen, Georgetown… Read more »

J. Hillis Miller, Former President of the MLA, 1928–2021

The MLA is deeply saddened by the passing of J. Hillis Miller, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus in the Departments of Comparative Literature and English at the University of California, Irvine. Born in 1928 in Newport News, Virginia, Miller received his BA from Oberlin College in 1948 and his PhD from Harvard University in 1952. His… Read more »

MLA Members Receive 2020 NEH Grants

Congratulations to the twenty MLA members who are among the winners of the National Endowment for the Humanities grants announced in December 2020. Their projects include a study of how digital methods in the humanities may reflect racial biases, a book about the influence of blindness on the writing of John Milton, the establishment of… Read more »

ADE and ADFL Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to Stacey Lee Donohue, who will receive the Association of Departments of English’s Francis Andrew March Award, and to Pauline R. Yu, who will receive the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages’ Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession. Donohue, a professor of English at Central Oregon Community College, has served as president of… Read more »

Theodore Ziolkowski, Former President of the MLA, 1932–2020

The MLA mourns the passing of Theodore Ziolkowski, former president of the MLA and Class of 1900 Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Princeton University. Ziolkowski was a renowned Germanist and comparatist, a prolific author, a musician, and an athlete. He was born into a multilingual family in Alabama in 1932 and exhibited precocious… Read more »

Remembering Doug Steward, Director of the Association of Departments of English

Doug Steward, associate director of programs and director of the Association of Departments of English (ADE), died suddenly on 5 November, at the age of fifty. Doug had been central to the ADE since 2003, and he became director in 2017. He did extensive work in support of English departments, graduate students, and, in particular,… Read more »

Florence Howe, Former President of the MLA, 1929–2020

The MLA mourns the passing of former MLA president Florence Howe. A pioneering scholar of feminism, Howe began her career in the 1950s and carved out a space for the discipline of women’s studies at a time when academia was overwhelmingly dominated by men. In 1970, she cofounded Feminist Press with her husband, Paul Lauter…. Read more »

Mario J. Valdés, Former President of the MLA, 1934–2020

The MLA is deeply saddened by the passing of Mario J. Valdés, former president of the MLA and director of the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. Valdés was a distinguished scholar, colleague, and leader whose ambitious and wide-ranging contributions to the study of literature are recognized as landmarks of comparative literary… Read more »

Louis Kampf, Former President of the MLA, 1929–2020

The Modern Language Association mourns the passing of former MLA president Louis Kampf, distinguished professor emeritus of comparative literature and gender and women’s studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Kampf is the author of On Modernism: The Prospects for Literature and Freedom (1967) and the coeditor, with Paul Lauter, of The Politics of… Read more »

MLA Awarded Million-Dollar Mellon Grant to Support Teaching at Community Colleges

The MLA is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant of one million dollars by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to strengthen the teaching of English at access-oriented institutions (AOIs). Between 2019 and 2021, the association will organize nine regional summer institutes for those who teach at AOIs and those who would… Read more »