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MLA News Digest

13 November 2019


Join Us for the 2020 Benefit for the Humanities

Support humanities education by joining convention attendees at the annual Benefit for the Humanities. Proceeds from the 10 January event will fund grants for students and part-time faculty members, new programs that encourage educational innovation and improve career opportunities, and national advocacy efforts. Learn more about the evening's program, and RSVP.

Publication Spotlight

Ernest Gaines

Teaching Ernest Gaines

Discover new approaches to teaching Ernest Gaines's novels, short fiction, and essays in this new MLA volume. 

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You Have a Say in the MLA: Vote Now

As an MLA member, you can shape MLA governance. Log in and vote for second vice president and for members of the Executive Council, the Delegate Assembly, and forum executive committees. Submit your ballot by 10 December 2019.

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New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare Goes Digital

The MLA is excited to announce that Texas A&M's Center of Digital Humanities Research will publish the New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare in a rich digital environment that will make these definitive volumes accessible to a wider audience.


Listen to Paula Krebs on Changing Higher Ed

On the Rocking the Academy podcast, Paula Krebs talks with Roopika Risam and Mary Churchill about overcoming obstacles to create change, including developing new programs that encourage students to study the humanities. Listen in!

Submit Suggestions for Forum Committees

There's still time to suggest candidates for MLA forum executive committee elections, to be held in 2020. Suggest yourself or a colleague by 17 December.

MLA Conversations Series: Law and the Humanities

Join us on 21 November in NYC for a special conversation on how two disciplines that rely on close reading differ on issues of interpretation, identity, values, and social justice.

Contribute to New MLA Volumes 

Share your knowledge and teaching expertise with your colleagues! Complete a survey or propose an essay for the volumes in development. Learn more.


14 Nov.: Lecture on Washington's undiscovered feminists, Ellensburg, WA 

15 Nov.: Disciplines Clash! An Interdisciplinary Conf., NYC

21 Nov.: Civil War: Race under Representation, UC Irvine

28–29 Nov.Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, Lima

9 Dec.: Improv and Being Human, Princeton


Call for Applications: Sanctuary Spaces postdoctoral fellowship, due 15 Nov.

CfP: Cultural Studies Association conf., due 9 Dec.

CfP: Journal on connections in language, literature, and culture, due 15 Dec.

CfP: Edited collection on the enlightened nightscape,1700–1830, due 20 Dec.

CfP: Liminal Existences and Migrant Resistances conference, due 15 Jan.

CfP: Documentary Poetry, Popular Protest and Activism Conference, due 15 Jan.

Call for Applications: Teacher-training scholarships to teach Latin, due 15 Jan.

CfP: Portuguese Association for Anglo-American Studies conf., due 20 Jan.

CfP: The Humanities—Why They Matter, Why We Should Care conf., due 25 Jan.



The MLA Style Center


Humanities Commons

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Member Discounts




MLA Grants and Awards

Member News

Robert L. Entzminger

Robert L. Entzminger, Remembered

Jeffrey Conrad Stewart

Jeffrey Conrad Stewart Wins 2019 Pulitzer Prize


ASAP/Journal, Edited by J. Eburne, Wins PROSE Award

News and Opinion

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Who Are Today's College Students? 

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The Importance of Humanities Centers

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Higher Ed's Stake in DACA Case 


TCUs Can Improve Student Outcomes

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Engaging in the Humanities Locally


When Teachers Know Best

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Fewer Students Finish College 

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Becoming a Tenured Entrepreneur

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