re: the crisis, coming or already here, for foreign language departments in US Academe
As you know, ALSCW has been supporting departments of comparative literature facing termination, and has prevailed, in collaboration with the MLA and other associations, in reversing an execution at LSU Baton Rouge, and has brought about a stay of execution and a chance for rethinking the question at University of Toronto.
1. The situation at SUNY Albany is still in play, with drama and classics also on the block. Rosemary Feal, our cordial ally (she’s executive director of the MLA and a member of the ALSCW too) has written this forceful article, which has been published in the MLA newsletter, the MLA website, and now on Huffington Post. If you haven’t read it, it should interest you.
Rosemary G. Feal
Modern Language Association
Your Immediate Past President,
ALSCW & Comparative Literature
For more on this topic, see or earlier post, Foreign Language Programs in Academia