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15 April 2020

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MLA Launches COVID-19 Emergency Grants

To assist part-time faculty members who have been financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the MLA has established emergency grants that can be used to cover unexpected expenses related to this crisis. Learn more and apply by 1 May 2020. Members and supporters who are in a position to help support these grants can donate to Paving the Way.

Publication Spotlight

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Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities

Access a preview of this peer-reviewed collection of resources for teaching and research. 

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MLA Statement on COVID-19 and Academic Labor

The MLA has called on colleges and universities to implement practices that will ward off disastrous consequences for students and faculty members. The Executive Council's statement was endorsed by twenty-three other organizations. 

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Suggestions Invited for PMLA Editor

The MLA is seeking a new editor of its flagship journal, PMLA. MLA members are invited to suggest candidates for the three-year appointment, which begins 1 July 2021. Nominations are due by 15 July 2020. 

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Get the Spring Newsletter Online

MLA members can access the spring MLA Newsletter to read Judith Butler's column on supporting graduate students as well as articles on the MLA's efforts to improve graduate education, on land acknowledgments, and more.

Share Your MLA Bibliography Teaching Tools

Have you created an assignment or lesson plan that you use to introduce students to the MLA International Bibliography? The MLA is compiling tried and tested resources for teachers to be featured on The MLA Style Center. Learn more.

Contribute to New MLA Volumes

Share your knowledge and teaching expertise with your colleagues! Complete a survey or propose an essay for volumes in development on teaching Robert Frost's poetry and on teaching Anglophone South Asian diasporic literature.


17 Apr.–15 May: Plague literature symposium, virtual

1–2 May: Cities, Health, and the Humanities conference, virtual

16–19 July: Electronic Literature Organization conference, virtual 

22 Sept.: Lecture by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Lincoln


CfP: "Voices from the Wreckage: YA Voices in the #MeToo Movement," due 29 May

CfP: Politics, civic life, and pop culture for NEPCA conference, due 1 June

CfP: Interrogating queer rebelliousness, due 15 June

Call for Submissions: Other Voices: Redefining the Humanities, due 30 June

CfP: Effects of pandemics on religion, due 1 July

CfP: Medieval and Renaissance studies (undergrad.), due 1 July

Call for Essays: Special issue on The Age of Innocence, due 31 Aug.

CfP: Special issue on  constructing Muslim identity, due 1 Sept.

Call for Essays: Special issue on pandemics in world history, due 2 Nov.



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Member News

Cheryl A. Wall

Cheryl A. Wall Remembered

Dr. Heather Fielding

H. Fielding Named Director at UW-Eau Claire 

Martha Banta

Martha Banta Remembered

News and Opinion

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COVID-19 and Graduate Students

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Inclusive Teaching on Zoom

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Careers beyond the Tenure Track

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Digital Humanities   Helps in Pandemic 

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Online Learning and Inequality

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LIU Freezes Liberal Arts Enrollments

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For-Profit Colleges Offer Dubious Value

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COVID-19's Impact on Adjuncts

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