Posted November 18, 2016
Dear NeMLA Members,
As a professional organization dedicated to the scholarly study
of modern languages and cultures, NeMLA fully embraces
and celebrates the vast cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity
of the United States. Certainly, this rich aspect of our society is
thoroughly explored, both at the theoretical and the experiential
levels, during our annual conference that gathers over 2,000
scholars and researchers from the northeast coast in the United
States and Canada.
At NeMLA we believe that the diversity that
constitutes the core fabric of our society is what makes us strong
and unique. Each group's lives, stories, cultural practices, along
with their current and historical struggles, all make of the United
States the culturally-wealthy nation that it is today.
Therefore, we want to express our repudiation of recent events
of violence, hatred, bullying, and degrading behaviors that have
taken place in higher education institutions across the United
States after the election.
NeMLA stands in solidarity with those who have been/are
being targeted by such heinous acts of hatred and harm. We stand
with our members, their students and staff members at their
institutions who have been subjected to such lamentable
manifestations of intolerance and white privilege; we stand against
the pretentious entitlement of national, ethnic, and class
supremacy over "others."
Therefore, we abhor all forms of harassment, intimidation, and
bullying, and we stand against any attempt of committing acts of
physical or emotional harm against those who may somehow be
perceived as "different."
As scholars, professors, and administrators, we take inspiration
from the powerful and living legacies of literary, artistic, and
political resistance to white supremacy, colonialism, and gender
and reproductive violence that inform our academic work. Before
this election and definitely after it, NeMLA is committed
to the ongoing scholarly initiatives that strive for a just future
Now more than ever, the topic of our next conference,
"Translingual and Transcultural Competence: Toward a Multilingual
Future in the Global Era," has become significantly more relevant.
(Please visit our
NeMLA 2017 conference site.)
We look forward to counting with your voice at our annual
In solidarity and peace,
Hilda Chacón, NeMLA President
María DiFrancesco, NeMLA Vice President
Simona Wright, NeMLA Second Vice President
Ben Railton, NeMLA Past President
Carine Mardorossian, NeMLA Executive Director
Brandi So, NeMLA Associate Executive Director