MLA and AHA Join Fight to Save LSU Press

May 28, 2009

With Louisiana State University facing deep budget cuts, the Louisiana State University Press could face reductions so severe that they would endanger its ability to continue. University officials have said that they want to save the LSU Press, but that they face limited, undesirable choices unless the state comes up with more money. This week two major humanities organizations wrote to the state's governor, Bobby Jindal, urging him to make sure the press survives. Catherine Porter, president of the Modern Language Association, wrote that "we value the excellent publications issued by LSU Press. These include outstanding works of fiction and poetry by the likes of John Kennedy Toole and Claudia Emerson — both winners of the Pulitzer Prize. The press is also highly regarded for publishing scrupulous scholarship on Southern literature and history and on African American culture, among other fields." Arnita A. Jones, executive director of the American Historical Association, wrote that the press has "for almost 75 years" been "one of the most significant publishers in the fields of Southern history and its loss would be a severe blow to our understanding of the past."

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