Posts Categorized: Column

Tamales for Dollars: Survival Guatemalan

Originally published in the Spring 2013 MLA Newsletter “Why did you stay away from Guatemala for forty years?” “Why did you decide to return now?” These are questions that friends, family members, and colleagues asked me in the weeks preceding my travel back to the country where I completed the final year of the bachillerato…. Read more »

The Humanities: It’s What We Do

Originally published in the Winter 2012 MLA Newsletter I am always alert to news about MLA members, so I was pleased to read in September the announcement that Jean-Christophe Cloutier, a Columbia graduate student, had discovered an unpublished manuscript of a novel by the Harlem Renaissance writer Claude McKay. Cloutier and Brent Hayes Edwards, his adviser,… Read more »