MLA Convention 2024

The 2024 convention (#mla24) will take place in Philadelphia from 4 to 7 January 2024. The presidential theme for the convention will be Celebration: Joy and Sorrow. See for the full program.

MLA Committee on Community Colleges: Sessions at MLA 2024

The following sessions are sponsored or organized by the Committee on Community Colleges.

  • 409 Public Humanities and the Community College Mission
    This session focuses on how public humanities initiatives at community colleges provide opportunities for faculty and student scholarship, communicate the value of humanities education to regional employers, and further the equity-focused mission of two-year institutions.

    • Date: Saturday, 6 January 2024
    • Time: 8:30am – 9:45pm
    • Room: Marriott – Franklin 3
    • Presider: Michael Jacobs, Monroe Community C, State U of New York
    • Presentations
      • Immigrant Narratives and the Humanities Institute (Heather E. Ostman, Westchester Community C, State U of New York)
      • Making Shakespeare Relevant and Accessible in an Age of Workforce Development (Ann Patten, Yoonha Shin and John Soltes, County C of Morris, NJ)
  • 566 One Year in: ChatGPT and Departments of English/Modern Languages at Two-year Colleges
    This session reports, analyzes, and research on where two-year colleges are with ChatGPT one year after its widespread introduction. Are there productive uses to ChatGPT? Problems? Solutions? Has teaching changed in response to ChatGPT?

    • Date: Saturday, 6 January 2024
    • Time: 3:30pm – 4:45pm
    • Room: Marriott – Franklin 10
    • Presider: William Christopher Brown, Midland C
    • Presentations
      • AI on Our Side: ChatGPT as a Tool in the Two-Year Composition Classroom (Amee Schmidt, Marshalltown Community C, IA)
      • Theory into Practice: Austin Community College Tackles Generative AI (Wendy Elle and Christine Marie Berni, Austin Community C, TX)
  • 649 Languages at the Crossroads in Community Colleges: Historical Trends, Issues and Solutions, Current Strategies, Future Directions
    Research indicates that community colleges are at a crossroads, especially in modern languages. This session focuses on exploring modern language offerings at community colleges, provide historical context, articulate current issues, and offer future directions.

    • Date: Sunday, 7 January 2024
    • Time: 8:30am – 9:45am
    • Room: Marriott – Franklin 3
    • Presider: Sharon Ahern Fechter, Montgomery C, MD
    • Presentations
      • Languages at the Crossroads at Montgomery College, Maryland (Ivonne Bruneau-Botello and Sarah Campbell, Montgomery C, MD)
      • Community Colleges and Low Enrollment (Sergio A. Guzman and Julian Barroso-Merino, C of Southern Nevada, Charleston Campus)
      • World Language Enrollment at Community Colleges between 1960 and 2010 (Tomonori Nagano, LaGuardia Community C, City U of New York)
  • 533 Defining the Challenges of Inclusion: DEI and Academic Freedom at the Community College
    This session focuses on the implementation of DEI from faculty and administrators at community colleges, focusing on solutions to achieve productive interaction among DEI initiatives, individual values, and academic freedom.

    • Date: Saturday, 6 January 2024
    • Time: 1:45pm – 3:00pm
    • Room: Marriott – Grand A
    • Presider: Amee Schmidt, Marshalltown Community C, IA
    • Presentations
      • Inclusive Language, Action-Oriented Anti-Racism, and Academic Freedom (Kacie Wills and Alina Romo, Allan Hancock C, CA)
      • Forging Connected Outlets: Open Educational Resources, Academic Freedom, and DEI Work (Donald Winter, Delta C)
      • How Do We Balance the Principles of DEI and Academic Freedom? (Heather Harris, Community C of Baltimore County, MD)

Curated Program for Community Colleges

Below is a curated list of MLA sessions for Community Colleges.

Thursday, 4 January 2024

Compiled by Michael Jacobs.

Friday, 5 January 2024

Compiled by Michael Jacobs.

Saturday, 6 January 2024

Compiled by Amee Schmidt.

Sunday, 7 January 2024

Compiled by William Christopher Brown.