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MLA News Digest

12 February 2020

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Grants for Language Projects for 2020 Census

America’s growing linguistic diversity is reflected in the record thirteen languages in which the 2020 census will be made available. To support the Census Bureau’s effort to make sure everyone is counted, the MLA awarded ten grants to instructors
across the United States who proposed language-based projects related to the census. Read about the winners!

Publication Spotlight

Teaching the Graphic Novel

Get 50% Off MLA Backlist Titles!

Pick from over 200 teaching titles, textbooks, and more!
This sale ends 10 March. Use promo code WINTER50 at checkout. Shop now.

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Submit Your Book for an MLA Publication Prize

Authors and editors are invited to compete for the James Russell Lowell Prize and the MLA Prize for a First Book, 
which have a submission deadline of 1 March. Learn more about these and other prizes and about how to submit.

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Presidential Theme for MLA 2021: Persistence

The presidential theme for the 2021 convention in Toronto is Persistence. MLA president Judith Butler invites you  
to submit a call for papers on one of the many topics that
the theme might inspire. Submit your call by 28 February!

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Krebs Advocates on Behalf of Part-Time Faculty 

On 30 January, MLA Executive Director Paula Krebs testified before the New York City Council in support of more equitable working conditions for faculty members at the City University of New York. Read more.

Submit a Proposal for a New MLA Volume

Propose an essay for volumes now in development, on teaching modern Irish poetry in English and on teaching science fiction in the literature classroom. Deadline for abstracts is 15 April.

Present at the Innovation Room at MLA 2021

Apply to be a presenter at the Language and Literature Program Innovation Room at the 2021 MLA  convention! Share your successful and promising new programs, courses, and initiatives. Learn more and apply by 29 March.


4–7 Mar.: HERA conference, Chicago, IL

8–10 Mar.NHA Humanities Advocacy Day, Washington, DC

19–20 Mar.Voting rights symposium, Park City, UT

2–5 Apr.: OAH (In)Equalities conference, Washington, DC


CfP: Volume on diaspora and the anglophone transnational, due 1 Mar.

CfP: Journal issue on imagining communities multilingually, due 1 Mar.

CfP: Volume on theater and slavery, due 1 Mar.

Call for Applications: Thoreau graduate student fellowship, due 1 Mar.

CfP: Feminist Pedagogies conference, due 6 Mar.

CfP: Journal issue on Lydia Sigourney and her contemporaries, due 15 Mar.

CfP: Status Quaestionis journal issue on historical comics, due 31 Mar.

CfP: American Literary Translators Association conference, due 20 Apr.

CfP: Volume on our modern Aeneid, due 1 May



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MLA Grants and Awards

Member News

Ilene Whitney Crawford

I. Crawford Named Dean of Cornell College

Clémence Jouët-Pastré

Fellowship in Memory of Clémence Jouët-Pastré

Steven Knapp

S. Knapp Named President of the Carnegie Museums

News and Opinion

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Diversifying Early Modern Studies

George Soros

$1 Billion Gift for Academic Freedom

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American Mosaic Journalism Prize

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Gender Identity and the Job Search

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2020 Newbery
Medal Awarded

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Fighting for ESL at Loyola Chicago

Sherrod Brown and Elizabeth Warren

OPM Companies Face Scrutiny

Georgia O'Keeffe. Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico

NEH Announces Grant Awards

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