Proposed Constitutional Amendments

Earlier this year, the Executive Council and the Delegate Assembly forwarded proposals for constitutional amendments to the Committee on Amendments to the Constitution. The council’s proposal was to align the provision for paid life membership in article 3.C with the new criterion for the granting of life membership after fifty years. The assembly’s proposal was to provide representation on the council for part-time faculty members. The next step in the amendment process is for the Delegate Assembly to consider the proposed amendments at its meeting during the January 2017 convention in Philadelphia. The official notice of the proposed amendments, including the texts of the amendments, has now been posted on the Web site.

Agenda for the 2017 Delegate Assembly Meeting

Information about the agenda for the upcoming meeting of the Delegate Assembly, to be held on Saturday, 7 January, during the 2017 MLA Annual Convention in Philadelphia (session 510), has been posted on the Web site. So that association members may engage with the issues to be discussed at the Delegate Assembly meeting, meeting documents will be linked to this agenda page by mid-December. MLA members who wish to address the assembly on a particular issue should consult the relevant documents in advance.

Deadline for Submitting Delegate Assembly Proposals

Motions and regular resolutions that the Delegate Assembly will consider at its next meeting, which will take place during the 2017 MLA Annual Convention in Philadelphia, must be submitted by 1 October of this year. The assembly’s Web page provides information about placing an item on the agenda for the meeting as well as links to several resources about motions and resolutions. Questions about submitting a motion or a resolution may be directed to the coordinator of governance (governance@mla.org).

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.