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italian-studies: Scholarly discussions in any field of Italian studies

Dear Gloria,

Please let me understand.

1. Julia Holloway said "One can give up being an academic while  
continuing to be a scholar"

2. Gloria asks "Can one be an academic without being a scholar... (...)?"

What is supposed to give in? The scholar or the academic? It is a very  
important question and I want to know its precise terms.

Thanks
Andrea M.


Quoting godard <[log in to unmask]>:

> italian-studies: Scholarly discussions in any field of Italian studies
>
>     re: a discussion regarding the trials and tribulations of academia.
> this just in from the president of the MLA.
>     thank you, anthony, for your vote of confidence.
>     julia, i will respond to your very inspiring post.  for now let me just
> say this.  you claim: "One can give up being an academic while continuing to
> be a scholar."  on the other hand, can one be an academic without being a
> scholar within an academy that has become "more and more mercenary and
> managerial"?  where teaching is: 1)subordinate to publishing (or perishing),
> 2)solely evaluated by anonymous student opinions?
>
>      gloria
>
> Dear Colleague,
>
> You don't need me to tell you that the academy is going through one of the
> most difficult periods in its history. The MLA has responded to the current
> situation with additional travel grants for members who are most affected,
> with data on the realities we face, and with an online tool kit (
> http://www.mla.org/advocacy_kit<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103118069063&s=10666&e=001aRISz-xHm2CCImDewFkXCm63blM-PIxTksJA2QsynDcyrtr4iOPFk4kF7sr6FLcv1snDPbGkvsh2qu9n4RsI9ut9Ie3mg_YVD9A5QeR5orZsmPOP8K9MVNCTKW1L_v_R>)
> to give members the reports, guidelines, and information they need to
> advocate for changes in the academic workforce.
>
> I write now to announce another major initiative. The Program Committee has
> just designated 6 January 2011, the first day of the Los Angeles convention,
> as a focal point for a series of panels and workshops on the theme The
> Academy in Hard Times. The Executive Council and several MLA committees have
> already begun planning sessions and a forum that will offer attendees
> insights on the situation and strategies for effective action.
>
> We need the support of all 30,000 MLA members for this special initiative.
> Please plan to be there, and please submit sessions for consideration.
> Sessions on the topic can be proposed by individual members and by
> divisions, discussion groups, the American Literature Section, and allied
> and affiliate organizations. Special-session
> forms<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103118069063&s=10666&e=001aRISz-xHm2BMkKBC66uml-BsquwyKHcmffJXleWlotJQjYXaGnnlqGeQ9SfI7pLCrpKLwX1pPELN0aO6UWz7me60VQEQy3bGdtnlPIFBCu1B9D3YlCvuAw==>are
> now available on the MLA Web site; program copy forms will be
> available
> by early March. The staff members of the convention office (
> [log in to unmask]) are happy to answer your questions about submitting
> session proposals.
>
> No matter what your status in the profession is, I ask you to join together
> with your fellow members to take this important step in helping ensure the
> future of the academy.
>
> Cordially,
>
> [image: Rosemary Feal's signature]
>
> Rosemary G. Feal
> --
> gloria monti, ph.d.
> assistant professor
> radio-TV-film
> CSUF, fullerton, CA
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