MLA Notes: Academic Freedom, Jobs at Community Colleges

The issue of academic freedom was everywhere at this year's Modern Language Association meeting, in Washington. There were panels on "Academic Work and the New McCarthyism" and discussions on teaching issues related to war criticism.

At a Friday session, titled "Criticism and Crisis: Twenty-First Century Intellectuals and the Politics of Academic Freedom," the focus was how to build broader support among the general public for academic freedom.

A Tenure Reform Plan With Legs

Experts say timing may be just right for changes MLA panel is putting forth -- particularly the move beyond the monograph.

Chilly Climate at Lake State

Many at Michigan's smallest public university see recent tenure denials -- over departmental objections -- as sign of disrespect for liberal arts. 

A Speech In Full

In Jefferson Lecture, Tom Wolfe places the "statusphere" at the center of meaningful study of modern man.

A Meeting of Humanistic Minds

Session on state of the humanities emphasizes solutions and humor over hand wringing.

Vanderbilt Rising

University recruits Houston Baker and Hortense Spillers -- stars in black literary studies -- as part of major faculty hiring drive.

The J-School Boom

Despite tight job market, colleges add journalism programs -- many designed as much for those who consume news as those who produce it.

Drew Rethinks Doctorates

N.J. university suspends admissions to English and history programs, raising questions about programs' future.

'Death of a Department Chair'

Isabel Vittorio, who, as a department chair at the fictional Austin University, had variously “been described as narcissistic, charismatic, brilliant, and opportunistic” was found slumped over her desk in the Department of Literature and Rhetoric early on a Monday morning, her neck broken. What ensues as the murder investigation unfolds is a peek inside what author Lynn C. Miller called the closed, “wonderful dysfunctional family template” of a humanities department.

Rethinking Tenure -- and Much More

MLA's new analysis has potentially dramatic implications for graduate education, hiring, promotion, scholarship, publishing and technology.


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