From the Editor
Rosemary G. FealAs I look to the ever-changing publication called Profession, I realize that it will increasingly need to speak to MLA members engaged in many professions and to serve the public humanities in different contexts and evolving ways. . . .
Rolena AdornoThis is my proposal: to refuse to give up teaching in Spanish. . . . The English language is ubiquitous, but it is neither a universal nor a transparent, nondistorting lens through which all other modern languages can pass, in translation, without loss. . . .
David B. DowningThe ethical situation seems simple: The market has fewer tenure-track jobs; therefore graduate programs should supply fewer graduates to meet the diminished demand. . . . The problem is that merely shrinking the body count is exactly the wrong thing to do. . . .
Laura WexlerOrdinarily, considerations of the public humanities move very quickly to debates about the humanities: What do we mean by the humanities? Where is it to be found or relocated? How can it be sustained? Is there a crisis in the humanities? . . .
Per UrlaubCalls for the recalibration of doctoral programs in the humanities at American universities are increasing in number and urgency, with suggestions aimed at length of study, alternative careers, and the role and shape of dissertations. . . .
Educating Students Who Do Not Speak the Societal Language: The Social Construction of Language-Learner Categories
Guadalupe Valdés, Luis Poza, and Maneka Deanna BrooksOn 21 September 2012, California Assembly Bill 2193 was approved by Governor Jerry Brown. The bill added sections to California's Education Code defining the terms long-term English learner and English learner at risk of becoming a long-term English learner. . . .
Mary Louise PrattThe terms language and vulnerability come together in many ways. There is the vulnerability of infants, who quickly perceive they are nonverbal beings in a verbal world and for whom acquiring language becomes the central focus of effort. There is the vulnerability of the dislocated . . .