Posts Categorized: Statements

Executive Council Statement on the Principle of Open Debate

In the context of recent debates among MLA members about deeply held political convictions, the Executive Council of the MLA—the elected body charged with fiduciary and administrative responsibility for the association—reaffirms the principle that the MLA has the right and the obligation to engage in full and open debate on issues of shared public concern…. Read more »

Scholarly Associations Defend Tenure and Academic Freedom in Wisconsin

The Modern Language Association has joined other associations in the American Council of Learned Societies in issuing the following statement about tenure and academic freedom at the University of Wisconsin. The American system of higher education is the envy of the world. It’s not perfect; few things are. But at a time when many Americans fear… Read more »

Draft Statement on Letters of Recommendation

Thank you to all the members whose thoughtful feedback helped the Executive Council and me revise these guidelines. The final statement is now available on I hope you will share these guidelines with job seekers and other colleagues involved in the hiring process. I welcome your frank opinions on a new MLA document that… Read more »