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Jasper Cragwell takes leadership role as director of M/MLA

Jasper Cragwell takes leadership role as director of M/MLA

On  July 1, Associate Professor Jasper (Jack) Cragwall, Department of English, became the new Executive Director of the Midwest Modern Language Association. Dr. Cragwall replaced Loyola professor of Modern Languages & Literatures David Posner as the new director of this dynamic organization.  Dr. Cragwell received his PhD from Princeton University in 2007 and has recently written the forthcoming Lake Methodism: Polite Literature and Popular Religion in England, 1780-1830 (coming in September from The Ohio State University Press).  

The Midwest Modern Language Association (M/MLA) is the regional affiliate of the nationwide Modern Language Association. By providing the institutional home for the M/MLA, Loyola demonstrates its deep commitment to the study of the Humanities.  In an increasingly specialized and stratified academic world, the M/MLA is a very rare thing; it is one of the only organizations composed of scholars and teachers of every language and literature at all professional ranks.

The M/MLA strengthens the study of language and literature by hosting an annual meeting of hundreds of scholars with different approaches to their work, publishing two semi-annual issues of the Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, and providing a forum for teachers and scholars to disseminate an extraordinarily diverse array of information and ideas.  The publications and events sponsored by the M/MLA are thus intellectually stimulating and varied—they publish some of the most exciting new work in Shakespeare studies alongside some of the best new work on twentieth-century Nigerian literature.

With the 55th annual conference scheduled for November 7-10 in Milwaukee, WI, this is an exciting time for Dr. Cragwall to step in as Executive Director of this professional organization.  Through this appointment, Loyola’s partnership with the M/MLA will continue to foster professional development in the Humanities.