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Franciscan U bans a book that portrays the Virgin Mary as sexual and ousts the department chair who taught it

Roman Catholic colleges have some of the most open curricula among religious institutions. But that didn't stop Franciscan University from banning a book that portrays the Virgin Mary as sexual -- and ousting a department chair for teaching it.

Historians and language professors discuss advising at recent conferences

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Historians and language professors discuss strategies for improving advising and graduate education in general at recent annual meetings.

New analysis of English departments says numbers of majors are way down since 2012 but it's not a death sentence for departments

Report documents decline in numbers of majors but growth in new tracks. Of the specializations within major, writing is doing relatively well, and literature not so much.

Rift among scholars over treatment of Junot Díaz as he faces harassment and misconduct allegations

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Rift among feminist scholars raises issue of how Me Too movement plays out when accused has been important voice in Latino literature -- and may be facing more criticism than white authors accused of worse.

Philip Roth's relationship to academe? It's complicated

Several of novelist Philip Roth's books called out academics as misguided, hyper-political or overtly ambitious. But professors say he was happy to be taught at colleges.

Study shows academic job searches in languages value alt-ac skills

Analysis of a year’s worth of MLA job postings -- most of them for teaching positions -- finds strong emphasis on alt-ac skills. Are doctoral programs providing the right training?

At this year's MLA, many sessions focus on fake news in present and in literary past

At this year’s MLA meeting, many sessions will focus on fake news, both in the present and in the literary past. Can scholars of fiction change our understanding of current events?

Lawsuit accuses American Studies Association officers of concealing their plans to boycott Israeli universities

Court filings in a suit challenging American Studies Association's boycott of Israeli universities allege that candidates for key roles in association kept their plans to push for a boycott secret when they stood for office.

Full-time jobs in English and languages reach new low, MLA report finds

Full-time jobs in English and languages continue to decline, reaching a new low, says preliminary annual jobs report from the Modern Language Association.

Knox College calls off Brecht play after complaints of racial insensitivity

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Knox College pulls the plug on a planned production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan over concerns about race.

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