There’s an Underground at the MLA – And It Aims to Transform Academia


“The result: the ‘MLA Subconference,’ organized with the chief aim of confronting loudly and bluntly, the very real problems crippling higher education today, from the adjunct labor crisis to ballooning student tuition. The subconference ‘shadows’ MLA by being held in the same city, one day before the established convention begins.”

UCLA Has Destroyed The Undergraduate Study Of English and Wounded Civilization


Conservative pundit Heather Mac Donald: “Until 2011, students majoring in English at UCLA had to take one course in Chaucer, two in Shakespeare, and one in Milton – the cornerstones of English literature.” But no more. “What happened at UCLA is part of a momentous shift that bears on our relationship to the past – and to civilization itself.”

Syrian Refugees Play Euripides’s Trojan Women


Classicist Charlotte Eagar writes about her project, with her husband and a Syrian director, to stage the antiwar Greek tragedy in Arabic translation with a cast of women who have fled their homeland’s vicious civil war for neighboring Jordan.

The Problem With Crowd-Funded Movies


“When the people who have paid for the film are also your audience, you lose the latitude to innovate and surprise. Two roles that used to be distinct – investor and consumer – are now one, and as such the way the filmmakers can work is altered and limited, if they are to avoid a fan backlash and get funded a second time.”

Should Minneapolis Terminate The Lease For Orchestra Hall?


Minnesota Orchestra musicians have been locked out of Orchestra Hall for more than a year – but “under the terms of its lease, the [Minnesota Orchestral Association] is required to show how the facility is being used to promote the arts in Minneapolis.” Hm.