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January 08, 2008

When Chicago Gives You Lemons: Make MLAde!

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Happy New Year!

I just returned from Chicago where I attended two professional conferences, the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and Eastern European Languages (AATSEEL) and the Modern Language Association (MLA). I presented at AATSEEL, interviewed at MLA, and did some valuable networking at both, which were held concurrently this year.

Much fun is . . .

. . . frequently had by our colleagues at MLA but oftentimes, much good fun is also made of it. This year is, apparently, no outstanding exception. Upon my return, in my inbox was already a certain number of emerging jokes, including the link HERE.

I suppose this bit won't enjoy an overly wide appeal since it comes across as an industry inside joke. However, if you did attend MLA this year (and have attended enough of their annual conferences to establish certain patterns), you might be entertained by the following satire. It is a .pdf pamphlet that spoofs the official MLA material distributed at the conference this year. I couldn't help but empathize with Aaron Winter and Andy Warren's comments about the business center in particular (future MLA planners: please take heed!)

Enjoy and feel free to comment below.

May your year be blessed with love, good fortune, and health!


Click HERE to read the MLA satire "MLAde Splash" by English ABDs Aaron Winter and Andy Warren. Thanks Andy and Aaron!

Posted by lhobbs at January 8, 2008 01:38 PM

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