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MLA News Digest

16 July 2020

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International Student Directive Rescinded

The academic community pushed back on new restrictions imposed by the US State Department on international students,
and on 14 July the policy directive was rescinded. Read the MLA Executive Council's statement opposing the policy and a letter signed by the MLA  and 47 other organizations urging the restoration of temporary visa exemptions for international students.

Publication Spotlight

Teaching Young Adult Literature

Teaching Young Adult Literature

This new volume shows how high school and college instructors can incorporate YA texts across the curriculum. 
Learn more.

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Vote on Delegate Assembly Actions

Help shape the MLA by exercising your right to vote! Several actions proposed by the Delegate Assembly—including confirmation of honorary fellows—await members' approval. The ratification ballot is due at 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on 7 August.

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Summer MLA Newsletter 

Read the summer Newsletter online. The new edition features Judith Butler’s column on the future of universities as well as excerpts from a recent MLA webinar and articles on anti-Asian racism, remote teaching, and ageism.

Deadline Approaching for PMLA Editor Nominations

The MLA is seeking a new editor of the journal PMLA.
MLA members are invited to suggest candidates for the three-year appointment by 22 July. 

Help Shape an MLA Volume in Development

Share your expertise by taking a survey and proposing an essay for an MLA volume in development on teaching the works of Jorge Luis Borges. Participate by 30 September.

MLA Resource of the Month

Benefits of Language Learning Infographic

This infographic highlights how language learning leads to success in other subjects, career opportunities, and better cognitive health. Share the PDF and spread the word!


Call for Submissions: Special issue on Black women’s literature and COVID-19, due 31 July

CfP: Symposia on Muslim philanthropy. Matching grants available, due 1 Aug.

Call for Submissions: Special issue on troubled pasts and memory politics, due 31 Aug.

CfP: Symposium on migrations of lyric poetry around 1300 and 1800, due 1 Sept.

Call for Essays: Book about culture and development in Nigeria, due 25 Sept.

Call for Submissions:
"Floyding" institutional racism, in Intellectus, due 26 Sept.

CfP: Conference panel on conceptualizing the body, 
due 30 Sept.

Call for Submissions: Special issue on humor and the law,
due 1 Nov.

Call for Submissions: Issue on English majors’ career outcomes, due 1 Dec.



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MLA Grants and Awards

Member News

Gregor Thuswaldner

G. Thuswaldner Named Provost at Whitworth

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R. Hudson Awarded Career Enhancement Fellowship

David William Foster

D. W. Foster 

News and Opinion

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Homeland Security Rescinds Directive

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Ivy League Postpones Athletics

Florida governor Ron DeSantis

DeSantis Vetoes Online Ed Budget

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Lawmakers Seek Testing Waiver

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USC Reverts to Online Classes

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Remote Work without Childcare

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Professors Resist
In-Person Classes

Betsy DeVos

States Sue DOE
over Funds

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