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MLA News Digest

19 August 2020

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MLA 2021 Convention Goes Virtual!

From 7 to 10 January, the MLA convention will present hundreds of online sessions organized by members, and there's still time to get involved. If you have an idea for a session on a timely topic or a big issue in the humanities, we encourage you to propose a just-in-time session (by 22 September). And stay tuned to the MLA 2021 page for updates about registration.

Publication Spotlight

Writing Changes: Alphabetic Text and Multimodal Composition

Writing Changes: Alphabetic Text and Multimodal Composition

This new volume  challenges the assumed dichotomy between writing and multimodal composition. 
Learn more.

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Results of 2020 Ratification Vote

In balloting that ended on 7 August, MLA members voted to ratify a constitutional amendment and the election of seven honorary fellows. The amendment has been incorporated into the text of the constitution on the MLA website.

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Read the In the Middle Issue of Profession 

The latest issue of Profession is now in your in-box! Read about navigating midcareer challenges and opportunities, measuring the success of degree programs, mentoring colleagues, and much more.

Get 35% off MLA Backlist Titles in Our Annual Sale!

Save on hundreds of MLA titles such as those in the acclaimed Approaches to Teaching series. Browse the MLA bookstore and use code MLAB to save through 31 August. 

Access the MLA Careers in the Humanities Webinar 

Did you miss  our webinar on careers in the humanities? Want access to practical tips on navigating diverse career paths? Register to view the recording now.

MLA Resource of the Month

Department Consultancies 

Are you preparing for an external review or looking for ways to help your department or program adapt to change? ADE and ADFL offer virtual consultations with experienced department leaders. Learn more on the ADE and 
ADFL websites.


Call for Essays: Volume on pandemics and lockdowns in pop culture, due 31 Aug.

Call for Submissions: Special issue on Édouard Glissant, 
due 1 Sept.

Call for Essays: Edited volume on teaching food in literature,
due 7 Sept.

Call for Submissions: Special issue on Black culture and play,
due 15 Sept.

CfP: International Network for the History of Hospitals conference, due 30 Sept.

CfP: Siblings on Stage, Page 
and Screen virtual conference, due 2 Oct.

Call for Applications: National Humanities Center fellowships, due 8 Oct.

Call for Essays: Book about the Other Silver Age Spain,
due 15 Oct.

Call for Submissions:
Special issue on ecological writing, due 1 Nov.



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Humanities Commons

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Member Discounts




MLA Grants and Awards

Member News

Jervette R. Ward

Ward Named Vice President of CLA

Jonathan D. Culler

Culler Elected to
British Academy

Shirin Esther Edwin

Edwin Named Dean at Bristol Community College

News and Opinion

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Colleges Reverse Reopening Plans

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NEH Grants $1M to University Presses

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Schools Quarantine 
Nearly 1,200 in GA  

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Letting Students Keep Cameras Off

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Most Teachers Prefer Online Ed 

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Colleges Face
Sports Debt

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K–12 Schools
Chart Own Path

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Yale University versus the DOJ

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