Foreign Language Programs in Academia

ALSCW member and MLA President Russell Berman has an important column in Inside Higher Education, responding to a keynote address by Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and a fixture of the foreign policy establishment, delivered to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Annual Convention in Boston on November 19.  Berman addresses Haass’ proposal to turn foreign language instruction into a merely instrumental education, with the entailment, as at SUNY Albany, of dismantling the degree programs.  Which as you may imagine, would be accompanied by the dismantling of the professoriate, and using part-time, low-paid, benefit impoverished, transient adjuncts to manage this instruction.

ALSC in the July 1 Issue of THE NEW REPUBLIC

The ALSC is exceptionally well-represented in this week’s issue of The New Republic (July 1, 2009).  Please turn to page 51 to read Literary Imagination editor Peter Campion’s poem “Gile Mountain,” and flip to the following page to read councilor Rosanna Warren’s review of Songbook: The Selected Poems of Umberto Saba.   We congratulate both of our gifted poet-critics for yet another exceptional set of achievements.

Oxford UP Announces New Book by Willard Spiegelman

cover of Imaginative Transcripts by Willard Spiegelman
cover of Imaginative Transcripts by Willard Spiegelman

A reprint of a press release of interest.

Oxford University Press is thrilled to announce the release of Imaginative Transcripts by Willard Spiegelman.

Considered one of the finest critics of poetry writing today, Willard Spiegelman brings his trademark engaging and stylish prose to this collection of his best work on the subject. Spiegelman takes readers on a tour of the rich and diverse landscape of British and American poetry, providing nuanced, insightful readings of works by William Wordsworth, John Keats, Robert Lowell, and others, and offering essays that span his entire career and chart his changing relationship to the elusive form.