Sunday, September 4, 2005

MLA does its part for Katrina victims

As many of you know, a number of universities are part of the devastation in New Orleans and the Gulf coast. The Modern Language Association is doing its part to help affected members. Here’s what they said in a recent email message to members:

Efforts are under way to help accommodate faculty members and graduate students whose institutions are affected. We are working to set up a link on the MLA web site to a page where members can post offers of available positions, library privileges, and other emergency employment -- and accommodation -- related notices. Members are also invited to post needs for such assistance. Members who do not have e-mail or Web access can phone the MLA with the information. We hope to have this service live by the end of next week.

The United States Postal Service has asked us to hold all mailings to areas affected by the hurricane, and so we will be sending PMLA, the Newsletter, and other association materials (including the convention announcement and the ballot) only when it becomes feasible to do so.

We hope that members in affected areas will call the headquarters office if we can help with any membership service. The general number of the association is 646 576-5000, and the switchboard is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 5:00 eastern time, excluding holidays. Members with e-mail access can write to: info AT mla DOT org.

Spread the word.

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