Voice Your Opposition to Cuts in Funding for International Education

The MLA hopes that you will join in the effort to oppose proposed cuts to two vital international education programs: Title VI and Fulbright-Hays. The Senate has proposed slashing $25 million (35%) from the programs, and the cut has already passed the Senate Appropriations Committee. Cutting these programs would hinder students’ pursuit of deep expertise in foreign languages and cultures, threaten our national educational and research capacity in two hundred less commonly taught languages, and compromise opportunities to strengthen the teaching of foreign languages and cultures at the K–12 level. Please let members of Congress know that training students and scholars in foreign language and international and area studies is a priority for their constituents by sending a message to your representatives. To learn more about the proposed cuts, please visit the National Humanities Alliance site.

Submitting Delegate Assembly Proposals

Motions and regular resolutions that the Delegate Assembly will consider at its next meeting, which will take place during the 2016 MLA Annual Convention in Austin, 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).

Deadline Approaching for MLA Symposium Proposals

Interested in participating in the MLA’s first conference outside the United States and Canada? Don’t miss the 15 September deadline for proposals for Other Europes: Migrations, Translations, Transformations, an MLA symposium to be held in Düsseldorf from 23 to 25 June 2016. Organized in collaboration with the Heinrich Heine University, the symposium will open with Anthony Appiah, 2016 MLA president, in conversation with Susan Neiman, director of the Einstein Forum in Potsdam. The conference will also feature a reading and reflection by the authors Aminatta Forna, Eva Hoffmann, and Yoko Tawada. Session formats include keynote talks and roundtables, as well as traditional sessions with three or four fifteen-minute papers, workshops with precirculated papers, and roundtable conversations based on five-minute presentations. Please send proposals for papers, panels, sessions, or workshops to othereuropes2016@hhu.de. To learn more about the conference, including proposal requirements, please visit the conference site on MLA Commons. The registration fee for the conference will be 150 euros for MLA members; complete registration and travel information will be available on the conference site in winter 2015–16.

Join or Renew for 2016

Online enrollment for the 2016 membership year is now available on the MLA Web site. By joining or renewing for 2016, you’ll receive discounted registration for the 2016 and 2017 conventions; all issues of PMLA and the MLA Newsletter; access to online resources, including the directory of members, MLA Commons, and the MLA Handbook Web site; and more.

When you join or renew for 2016 you’ll also be invited to select up to five forums (formerly divisions and discussion groups) as your primary forum affiliations for the membership year. These affiliations entitle you to receive all mailings initiated by the forum and to vote for members of its executive committee. You’ll continue to have the option of participating in as many forum groups on MLA Commons as you wish; however, joining or leaving a Commons group does not affect your primary affiliation selections, which can be chosen only during the join or renew process.

Connect with Your Regional Representatives in the Delegate Assembly

The MLA is pleased to announce that each of the seven regions represented in the Delegate Assembly (New England and Eastern Canada, New York State, Middle Atlantic, Great Lakes, South, Central and Rocky Mountain, Western United States and Western Canada) now has an MLA Commons group. Join the group for the region in which you live (or work) and let your representative know what you’d like discussed at the Delegate Assembly’s meeting in January.

 

Sale on Approaches to Teaching World Literature Titles Ends Soon

More than 130 titles in the MLA’s Approaches to Teaching World Literature series are on sale for 40% off through 31 August. To take advantage of the best discount we’ve offered on these titles, visit the online bookstore and use the promo code ATT2015 at checkout. The discount applies to all paper and cloth titles purchased on the Web site.

MLA Joins in Calling for Open Access to Federally Funded Educational Resources

The MLA has joined with more than ninety education, library, technology, public interest, and legal organizations in calling on the White House to enhance its U.S. Open Government National Action Plan by providing open access to federally funded educational materials. In an open letter to President Obama, the coalition asks that these Open Educational Resources (OER) be free to use, share, and improve: “At a time when educational opportunity, workforce development and access to knowledge are critical to America’s future, these valuable publicly-funded resources should be openly available to students, teachers, businesses, workers and the public to use in new and innovative ways.” Read the full letter online and show your support by tweeting using the hashtag #OERUSA.

 

 

Deadline Extended for the MLA’s First International Symposium

The deadline for proposals for the MLA’s first conference outside the United States and Canada has been extended to 15 September. The symposium, Other Europes: Migrations, Translations, Transformations, will be held in Düsseldorf from 23 to 25 June 2016 and is organized in collaboration with the Heinrich Heine University. Anthony Appiah, 2016 MLA president, will open the symposium, which will also include a reading and reflection by the authors Aminatta Forna, Eva Hoffmann, and Yoko Tawada. The conference will feature keynote talks and roundtables, as well as traditional sessions with three or four fifteen-minute papers, workshops with precirculated papers, and roundtable conversations based on five-minute presentations. To propose a paper, panel, session, or workshop, please write to othereuropes2016@hhu.de. To learn more about the conference, including proposal requirements, please visit the conference site on MLA Commons. The registration fee for the conference will be 150 euros for MLA members; complete registration and travel information will be available on the conference site in winter 2015–16.

Connected Academics Proseminar Attracts Broad Interest

Nearly two hundred and fifty candidates applied for the MLA’s Connected Academics proseminar, a program offering twenty language and literature doctoral candidates and recent PhD recipients in the New York City area an opportunity to explore a range of career options. As the project’s coordinator, Stacy Hartman, writes in a recent blog post, applicants were inspired not only by pragmatic concerns about pursuing an academic position but also by an enthusiasm for finding new ways to use their training to help others: “The applications reflected a powerful belief in the humanities and in humanistic thought and a conviction that those who decided to pursue a connected career were not abandoning their ideals—far from it.” The participants will begin their work in September. To follow the project, we encourage you to visit the Web site, join the group on MLA Commons, or attend Connected Academics sessions at the MLA convention in Austin.