At the Chicago convention the 2014 Delegate Assembly elected one honorary member and three honorary fellows and approved a resolution. The assembly’s actions are not final, however, since the MLA constitution requires a ratification vote in each instance. Members are therefore encouraged to review this year’s ballot and to exercise their right to vote, especially since final approval of the resolution depends on a favorable vote from at least ten percent of the membership. All members in good standing as of 16 April are eligible to vote. The online ballot is now available in the members-only area of the MLA Web site; requests for paper ballots must reach the coordinator of governance by Monday, 12 May. The deadline for receipt of ratification ballots is midnight (EDT) on 1 June.
The Summer Newsletter is now available to members on the MLA Web site. Included in the issue are the nominees for 2015 elections, information on new guidelines on letters of recommendation, Margaret W. Ferguson’s president’s column on the Common Core State Standards, and Rosemary G. Feal’s editor’s column about expanding career opportunities for PhDs.
The editors of Literary Studies in the Digital Age: An Evolving Anthology (published by the MLA in 2013) invite your participation in expanding this living collection and charting new directions in the field of digital literary studies. Please visit http://commons.mla.org/groups/dls-anthology/announcements/ to read instructions on submitting an essay, to comment on the present volume, and to make suggestions for future topics.
Recently, information was released concerning a vulnerability in OpenSSL, software that secures traffic between computers on the Web. As soon as we heard about this vulnerability, known as “Heartbleed,” we took action to assess and patch MLA systems.
MLA Commons, MLA Handbook, and MLA Journals do not use OpenSSL to secure traffic, but the servers they run on did have vulnerable versions of OpenSSL installed. These servers have been patched, and the SSL certificates were replaced.
The Literary Research Guide was not affected.
We do not believe that any accounts on MLA sites could have been compromised because of this vulnerability. However, to be completely safe, you may want to change your password, especially if you use the same password at other sites that may have been affected.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact us.
The MLA Committee on Honors and Awards invites authors and editors to compete for the association’s publication awards. There are eleven awards with a 1 May deadline, including the MLA Prize for a Bibliography, Archive, or Digital Project and the MLA Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, Cultures, and Languages. Information on all of the MLA prizes, their deadlines, and how to submit entries is available online. You may also request detailed information on individual MLA prizes by contacting the office of programs (email@example.com).
The MLA’s office of scholarly communication is exploring a new mode of book development using the MLA Commons platform and is excited to announce two new volumes in progress: Teaching Modern British and American Satire, edited by Evan Davis and Nicholas D. Nace, is in development in the MLA Options for Teaching series. Visit the group Teaching Modern British and American Satire to post experiences teaching satire and to propose an essay. Approaches to Teaching the Works of Charles W. Chesnutt, edited by William Hardwig and Susanna Ashton, is in development in the MLA Approaches to Teaching World Literature series. To share your experiences teaching Chesnutt and to comment on the volume’s proposed contents, visit the group Approaches to Teaching Charles W. Chesnutt.
At its meeting on 11 January 2014 in Chicago, the Delegate Assembly approved a resolution that the Executive Council has forwarded to the membership for a ratification vote. Before the vote is conducted, 2014 MLA members are invited to comment on the resolution on the MLA Web site (log-in required) until 5:00 p.m. (EDT) on 16 April. Voting will be held between 21 April and 1 June. To be eligible to vote, members must have joined or been reinstated by 16 April.
The MLA and Columbia University Libraries/Information Services’ Center for Digital Research and Scholarship are pleased to announce that they have been awarded a $60,000 start-up grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to begin development of Humanities Commons Open Repository Exchange, or Humanities CORE. Humanities CORE will connect a library-quality repository for sharing, discovering, retrieving, and archiving digital work with Humanities Commons, a developing platform for collaboration among scholarly societies and other humanities organizations. The interface will enable MLA members and other participants in Humanities Commons to link to uploaded materials from their profiles, creating an interactive professional vita.
The National Humanities Alliance asks MLA members to encourage their representatives in Congress to sign letters to preserve funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). By signing House and Senate “Dear Colleague” letters, your representatives can demonstrate their support for the NEH to congressional appropriations committees. The deadline for representatives to sign the House letter is 31 March, and the deadline for the Senate letter is 4 April. To send a message to your elected officials, please complete the form on the National Humanities Alliance Web site.
Presentations from the Presidential Forum at the 2014 MLA Annual Convention have now been published in Profession. Focused on the theme “Vulnerable Times,” the essays by Ariella Azoulay, Judith Butler, David L. Eng, Rob Nixon, and Diana Taylor acknowledge vulnerabilities (environmental, political, economic) and assert the possibility for resistance that stems from them. As Marianne Hirsch writes in her introduction to the forum, the discussion “aims to reframe dominant narratives of power and powerlessness, perpetration and victimhood, reimagining them . . . from the perspectives of the vulnerable.” Profession may be read for free by all; to comment, log in to MLA Commons with your member credentials.