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518. A National Core Curriculum? A Roundtable with Past MLA Presidents on the Common Core State Standards Initiative

Saturday, 5 January, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., Fairfax A, Sheraton

Program arranged by the Office of the Executive Director

Presiding: Catharine Roslyn Stimpson, New York Univ.

Speakers: Gerald Graff, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago; Michael Holquist, Yale Univ.; J. Hillis Miller, Univ. of California, Irvine

Session Description:

Past MLA presidents discuss the Common Core State Standards Initiative (, a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers. The standards purport to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare students for college and the workforce. Once implemented, a national core curriculum will have enormous consequences for the study of languages, literature, and textuality.


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