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408. The Presidential Address

Friday, 4 January, 6:45 p.m., Constitution Ballroom, Sheraton

Presiding: Rosemary G. Feal, MLA

1. Report of the Executive Director, Rosemary G. Feal

2. The Presidential Address, Michael Bérubé, Penn State Univ., University Park, MLA President. Bérubé’s address, “How We Got Here,” weaves together two narrative threads, reviewing the intellectual trajectories that lead us to the study of language and literature as well as recent developments in American higher education. Bérubé will argue for an expansive concept of the MLA as a scholarly society, in the belief that a too-narrow affiliation with subdisciplinary fields of specialization has weakened the professoriat and contributed to the erosion of our working conditions.

Reception immediately following.


  • The Profession – General

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