In a speech to the Council of Graduate Schools, MLA President Michael Bérubé articulated the importance of reforming graduate programs in the humanities and acknowledged the hurdles that must be overcome. Despite the challenges, reports Inside Higher Ed, Bérubé affirmed the value of graduate education in the humanities and its continuing vitality.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 MLA publication prize competitions. The publication prizes will be awarded in a ceremony on 5 January at the 2013 MLA Annual Convention in Boston. The ceremony is open to the public and will be followed by a reception.
Registration rates for the 2013 MLA Annual Convention in Boston will increase by $30 after 7 December. Register now to avoid paying the higher fee for late registration. After you have registered, you can book your hotel reservation, sign up for MLA cultural excursions, and make travel arrangements at discounted prices.
Earlier this year the MLA Committee on the New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare sponsored a digital challenge seeking the most innovative and compelling uses of the data contained in its recently published volume, The Comedy of Errors. The committee is pleased to announce that the winner of its digital challenge is Patrick Murray-John’s Bill-Crit-O-Matic. The award will be presented at the 2013 MLA convention session “Answering the Challenge: The New Variorum Shakespeare in the Digital Age” (488) on 5 January. The runner-up was Doug Reside and Gregory Lord’s Comedy of Errors.
The Coalition on Contingent Academic Labor and the United Association for Labor Education request your help in gathering information on the wages and working conditions of faculty members who teach online. If you teach online, we encourage you to complete their survey and to share the link with others. Although no names will appear in the resulting report, those who wish to remain anonymous can type random letters in the name field. The name of your institution, however, is required. For more information, please contact Helena Worthen.
When the Executive Council meets in February 2013, it will make appointments to fifteen standing committees of the association. Through 4 February, these committees and the outgoing committee members will be listed on the committee suggestion page. To suggest yourself or another member of the association, respond to the three prompts on the suggestion page and then complete the short information form. Please note that suggestions for appointments are not carried forward from year to year; they are compiled anew for each appointment cycle.
The presidential theme of the 2013 MLA Annual Convention in Boston is Avenues of Access. Information on the speakers featured in the Presidential Forum and its linked sessions is now available in the Presidential Forum brochure. To view a full list of presidential theme sessions, visit the online Program.
The Winter 2012 MLA Newsletter is now available online. Read the issue for a report on the 2011–12 Job Information List, Michael Bérubé’s president’s column on how members can get more involved with the association, and Rosemary G. Feal’s editor’s column on “doing the humanities.”
PDFs of the English and foreign language editions of the MLA Job Information List (JIL) are available online. The October lists contain live links provided by advertisers as well as links to apply for positions that are still accepting applications through Interfolio. All who apply for positions from the JIL will receive Interfolio Dossier accounts at no cost. With an account, job seekers can submit application letters and CVs electronically for free. More information about the dossier service is available in the JIL section of the MLA Web site.
Start planning your 2013 convention by browsing session lists and other resources from MLA members. To share a list of sessions in your field, tweet the link using the convention hashtag (#mla13).