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Parting Shots on MLA
Posted By Malcolm A. Kline On January 23, 2012 @ 11:11 am In Faculty Lounge | No Comments
Hanging out with professors can sometimes give you an idea of trends in higher education. Here’s what I noticed at the 2012 Modern Language Association (MLA) meeting: Although politically more subdued than in years past, the MLA is, to put it mildly, not likely to become a Republican bastion anytime soon.
Nevertheless, despite the pivotal role it played in organizing the Occupy protests, the visible signs of the decline in influence of the Radical Caucus of the MLA are quite striking:
As well, its three panels notwithstanding, the LGBT crowd was virtually MIA at the MLA. The only sign of its presence that I noted was in the person of a nice young lady who stopped me outside the convention center and asked if I wanted to help stop anti-Gay bullying.
I told her, “I promise not to do any myself.” I’ll bet she’s still cogitating on that one.
Malcolm A. Kline is the Executive Director of Accuracy in Academia .
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