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MLA, AERA Issue Statements on Election Aftermath

November 18, 2016
 

Leaders of the Modern Language Association and the American Educational Research Association have issued statements about the aftermath of the presidential election.

The MLA's Executive Council has approved a statement that "reaffirms in the strongest terms possible its commitment to free inquiry and academic freedom for all, unimpeded by acts of prejudice and hate. We note especially the need to offer support to those who are the most vulnerable and condemn the unjust rhetoric that targets them. We recognize that the humanities and humanistic knowledge are now more essential than ever to help guide us in these difficult times, and we pledge to maintain the MLA as an organization open to all individuals who share our commitments."

AERA's president, Vivian L. Gadsden, and executive director, Felice J. Levine, issued a statement that said in part, "Since the election, and during the months leading up to it, a series of disturbing events have divided, or from the perspective of some, further divided the nation. Like many in the education research community, we have been appalled at the lack of humanity, the intimidation and the intolerance for diversity represented by these events."

 
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