MLA Style Manual Available for a Limited Time

Because there have been updates to MLA style, the third edition of the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing will be discontinued on 1 September 2016. Through 31 August, visit the MLA bookstore to purchase the MLA Style Manual at the discounted price of $26.00 (originally $32.50). A large-print edition is available for $30.00 (originally $37.50). Members receive an additional 30% discount; you must be logged in to receive the members’ discount.

Nominations for the 2017 Forum Executive Committee Elections

When the executive committees of the MLA’s forums meet during the January 2017 convention in Philadelphia, they will take up the matter of nominations for the executive committee elections that will be held in fall 2017. Though the executive committees are responsible for making nominations, each committee is required to nominate at least one candidate who has been suggested by the wider MLA membership (unless there are too few suggestions). Members are therefore encouraged to submit suggestions for the 2017 forum executive committee elections by filling out a brief suggestion form. Suggestions received by 19 December 2016 will be forwarded to the executive committees in time for their convention meetings.

Humanities CORE Receives NEH Grant

The MLA and the Columbia University Libraries have been awarded a $300,000 NEH Digital Humanities Implementation Grant to contribute to the development of Humanities CORE, the social interdisciplinary repository for the humanities. The grant will support significant improvements to ease of use, integration with institutional repositories and other scholarly communication services, and collection of data about when, how, and how often work is being downloaded, cited, and shared. CORE will allow those who create free Humanities Commons accounts to deposit their work—including syllabi, data sets, conference presentations, and white papers—in a library-quality archive and share it through the network’s discussion platform.

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 of Yale University, the University of Texas, and Indiana University, Holquist returned to Yale, where he taught in the comparative literature department from 1986 to 2004. He served on the working group that produced the MLA Report to the Teagle Foundation on the Undergraduate Major in Language and Literature and was a founding member and chair of the MLA Radio Committee, which created programming to bring the work of MLA members to a wider audience. Most recently, as a member of the MLA’s Working Group on K–16 Alliances, he brought his knowledge of texts and his teaching experience to bear on the question of incorporating literature into the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Contribute to an MLA Approaches Volume on Teaching The Romance of the Rose

The volume Approaches to Teaching The Romance of the Rose, edited by Daisy Delogu and Anne-Hélène Miller, 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 of the survey.

Contribute to a New MLA Volume

You are invited to submit essay proposals for a new nonseries volume in development, Writing Changes, edited by Pegeen Reichert Powell. This collection will take as a starting point the multimodal turn in composition studies. The essays will address the changing role of writing in the field of composition.

Results of 2016 Ratification Vote

Voting on the 2016 ratification ballot concluded at midnight (EDT) on 1 June. Members ratified the 2016 Delegate Assembly’s approval of six constitutional amendments to article 10, which deals with the composition and election of the assembly. Support for the amendments ranged from 89% to 95% of the members who voted in that section of the ballot. The amendments have been incorporated into the text of the constitution on the MLA Web site.

Resolution 2016-1, which called on the MLA to “support faculty members and students who challenge Islamophobic rhetoric and the increased militarism, xenophobia, and racism associated with the upsurge in Islamophobia,” was not ratified by the membership and therefore does not represent a position taken by the MLA. Resolutions forwarded to the membership must be ratified by a majority vote in which the number of those voting for ratification equals at least 10% of the association’s membership. This year 2,149 votes were required for ratification. There were 1,279 votes in favor of ratification and 410 votes against ratification. The resolution fell short of ratification by 870 votes. [Note: The MLA Statement on Islamophobia, approved by the Executive Council in December 2015, addresses the same subject as the resolution.]


New Digital Pedagogy Essays Available for Open Review

The editors of Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments, Rebecca Frost Davis, Matthew K. Gold, Katherine D. Harris, and Jentery Sayers, invite you to participate in the open peer-review process of the anthology’s fourth set of curated keywords by 1 July 2016. Each entry in the collection focuses on a keyword in the practice of digital pegagogy (ranging from “access” to “history” to “mapping”) and includes pedagogical artifacts, such as syllabi, exercises, lesson plans, and student work. New keywords will be added in batches throughout 2016, and fifty keywords will be included in the final project.