Posts By: Paula M. Krebs

Making the Case for Our Disciplines

Originally published in the Summer 2019 MLA Newsletter A big part of what the MLA executive director does is argue and advocate for the value of studying what we study. When I am invited to campuses, I work with faculty members on ways to help their students understand and appreciate the full range of skills, values,… Read more »

Translating Scholarship

Greek urn

Emily Wilson is professor of classical studies and graduate chair of the program in comparative literature and literary theory at the University of Pennsylvania. We asked her about her approach to translating The Odyssey and about her popular @EmilyRCWilson Twitter threads. A condensed version of this interview was published in the Summer 2019 MLA Newsletter.  Paula… Read more »

You Had to Be There

Shawn Christian at MLA convention session

Originally published in the Spring 2019 MLA Newsletter You have a lot of calls on your time and on your travel funding (if, indeed, you have any travel funding). That’s why we’re packing the MLA Annual Convention with things you can’t get anywhere else—to make it worth your while to come, learn, and connect. We’re increasing… Read more »

We Are All Public Humanists

Originally published in the Winter 2017 MLA Newsletter In the earliest days of the Modern Language Association, the focus of the convention and the association’s publications was members’ scholarly research. That remains, of course, at the heart of what we do. Advanced study in language, literature, writing, and cultural studies links our members across disciplinary specialization,… Read more »

Get Engaged at MLA 2018

Originally published in the Fall 2017 MLA Newsletter We’re excited to welcome the convention back to the MLA’s home city, New York, in 2018. And I’m especially pleased that my first convention as executive director will bring thousands of members to my new home, a city with a vibrant history of literature, art, theater, and… Read more »

Teaching in the Wake of Charlottesville

The letter below was sent to MLA members on 17 August 2017. Dear MLA members, At times like these we need community. My colleagues at the MLA and I share your revulsion at the horrific events that took place in Virginia last weekend. We share your dismay over much in the public exchange about them…. Read more »