About initiative: With the academy facing one of the most difficult periods in its history, the MLA Program Committee has designated 6 January 2011, the first day of the Los Angeles convention, as a focal point for a series of panels and workshops on the theme The Academy in Hard Times. Program and schedule for initiative sessions.
Closing session, 167 at 7pm, speakers
Christopher John Newfield, U
C Santa Barbara, and Gary Rhoades,
AAUP, are also on the Counter-conference program.
The second MLA special initiative is The Academy in Hard Times. Two colleagues and I have a panel in this section of the MLA, In Our Own Image: Remaking Academia in a Changing Economic Climate [scheduled for January 6, 5:15 pm at the LA Convention Center]
Position statements are available for this panel:
- Dr. Debbie J. Williams of Abilene Christian University has a short post on her paper, Reinventing the Academic Self: When the Professional and the Personal Collide, available.
- Dr. Susan G. Cotton of Lone Star College has a short post on her paper,Unexpected Benefits: Re-visioning an Academic Through Campus Involvement, available.
- And Dr. Susanna H. Davis, previously of Houston Baptist University and now of Houston Community College: Central, has a short post on her paper,Avoiding Academic Rigor Mortis: From Teaching Zombie to Animated Scholar, available.