MCLA Prof Elected as Delegate to Modern Language Association of America


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Dr. Mariana Bolivar, an assistant professor of modern language at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), has been elected to a three-year term as a regional delegate of the Modern Language Association of America's (MLA) delegate assembly.

Founded in 1883 to strengthen the study and teaching of language and literature, the MLA serves as a platform for English and foreign language teachers to share scholarly findings and teaching experiences. The Association holds a yearly convention to discuss issues that are critical to these academic fields.

Bolivar said she decided to run for the position because of her concern about the role of foreign language in the humanities.

"I believe we can foster interest in our discipline by strengthening our commitment to innovative curricula by integrating programs like study abroad and interdisciplinary studies, in order to sustain and expand career opportunities in our field," Bolivar said.

The delegate assembly's main responsibility is to recommend actions to MLA's executive council, and to initiate amendments to the Association's constitution.  In addition, the delegate assembly is responsible for formulating and submitting resolutions on matters of public and institutional policy regarding the status of the language and literature professions represented by the Association.

The MLA delegate assembly consists of 108 delegates elected from seven geographic regions within the United States and Canada. It meets once a year during MLA's annual convention. The 2015 convention will be held in Vancouver, Canada.

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