Friday, 4 January, 5:15–6:30 p.m., Back Bay D, Sheraton
Program arranged by the MLA Task Force on Doctoral Study in Modern Language and Literature
Presiding: Russell A. Berman, Stanford Univ.
Speakers: Carlos J. Alonso, Columbia Univ.; Lanisa Kitchiner, Howard Univ.; David Laurence, MLA; Bethany Nowviskie, Univ. of Virginia; Elizabeth M. Schwartz, San Joaquin Delta Coll., CA; Sidonie Ann Smith, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Kathleen Woodward, Univ. of Washington, Seattle
Bethany Nowviskie's Annotation:
We've posted a PDF with framing questions for this conversation on the Task Force home page: http://www.mla.org/tf_doctoral
-- and hope the session itself will be an open dialogue.
Doctoral study faces multiple pressures, including profound transformations in higher education and the academic job market, changing conditions for new faculty members, the new media of scholarly communication, and placements in nonfaculty positions. These and other factors question the viability of conventional assumptions regarding doctoral education.
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