Posts By: Katina Rogers

Notes and Videos from Chicago Humanities Summit

Notes and videos from the Chicago Humanities Summit, held 9 January 2014, are now available. The summit, which was cosponsored by the MLA, featured a discussion of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ report The Heart of the Matter, as well as several breakout sessions on topics such as how to teach public humanities,… Read more »

Vibrant Discussion on Career Paths at the 2014 MLA Convention

Humanities scholars have always flourished in a range of careers in, around, and beyond the academy, but graduate programs have typically not focused on preparing students for the variety of careers they pursue after their studies. This year’s MLA convention featured several sessions, discussions, and workshops on postgraduate career paths, reflecting not only member interest… Read more »

Tonight’s MLA Awards Ceremony

We hope you will join us tonight as we honor the winners of the MLA book prizes. The awards ceremony is open to the public and will be held at the Sheraton at 6:45 p.m. President Marianne Hirsch will preside, and the awards will be presented by First Vice President Margaret Ferguson and Executive Director… Read more »

Tonight’s Presidential Address and Reception

Don’t miss tonight’s Presidential Address, “Connective Histories in Vulnerable Times.” Beginning at 6:45 p.m., President Marianne Hirsch will discuss her personal and scholarly interests in how traumatic stories are transmitted—in images and narratives made in the aftermath of violence—in the light of her current work on vulnerability. These connections provide a fulcrum for her reflections… Read more »

Discussion of Career Options for Humanities PhDs

If you’re a graduate students or recent doctoral program graduates who is thinking about pursuing careers beyond the classroom, you won’t want to miss Friday’s discussion on career options for humanities PhDs. This nuts-and-bolts conversation features three career-services professionals, who will lead an informal discussion and offer brief presentations about the various employment paths and… Read more »

Exhibit Hall Events

Going to the convention? The exhibit hall in the Sheraton Chicago (River Exhibition Hall, level 1) will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. Pick up an exhibitor map or visit the MLA Web site for a complete list of exhibitors…. Read more »

Making the Most of Convention Resources

The MLA offers more ways than ever to stay on top of the latest convention information—the Program is available in print, Web, and mobile versions; MLA Commons features two groups for attendees; we’ll continue to post resources and reflections on this blog; and informal conversations are already under way on Twitter using the #mla14 hashtag…. Read more »

Innovative Session Formats at #mla14

One of the most exciting and valuable aspects of the convention is the presence of the many thoughtful colleagues with whom we have limited in-person interactions throughout the year. To take advantage of this, session organizers are increasingly asking speakers not to read prepared papers but to experiment with more interactive and dynamic formats that… Read more »

Many Interpretations of Vulnerable Times at #mla14

The presidential theme, Vulnerable Times, is the focus of more than two hundred sessions at this year’s convention. You can now view the list of sessions in the online Program. As the convention approaches, we will feature a few of the sessions in greater detail here on MLA Commons. There are myriad ways to think… Read more »

One Newcomer’s Convention Experience

Until I attended my first MLA convention in 2012, I always imagined that it would be a stressful, competitive, and overwhelming experience. Instead, I found it to be collegial and stimulating, and I’m happy to be participating more deeply in MLA 2013. Admittedly, my first-time experience was probably atypical. I wasn’t interviewing for a coveted… Read more »