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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.

MLA Delegate Assembly rejects boycott of Israeli universities

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Vote by Delegate Assembly was 113-79. Body approves another measure, calling on association to refrain from the boycott.

Professors consider how to sell the English major to students, parents, administrators, politicians

At MLA, professors consider how to make the case for their discipline -- and talk about salary prospects -- to prospective students, but also to parents, presidents and politicians.

Job market is tight in many humanities fields, but healthy in economics

Market looks tight and getting worse for job seekers in English, foreign languages, history and philosophy. But a major social science field -- economics -- is doing a lot of hiring.

With writing, study finds, quality of assignment and instruction -- not quantity -- matters

New study suggests that when it comes to writing assignments and instruction, quality -- not quantity -- matters most.

Writing teachers talk teaching students about 'white privilege' at composition instructors' meeting

Writing instructors at Conference on College Composition and Communication talk about teaching about racism and white privilege -- and the political and career risks they face for doing so.

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