Date: 4:30pm EST November 11, 2013

“X-Squared + Y-Squared = I Could Care Less: Analysis and Enjoyment in the Literature Classroom” with David Laurence

Sophie Kerr Speakers Series

David Laurence has been on the MLA staff since 1986 and has been Director of ADE since 1989, when he also had the title of Director of English Programs. His chief responsibilities at the MLA include overseeing the Job Informa- tion List, including the annual analysis of positions advertised in the JIL; directing the MLA’s periodic surveys of PhD placement, departmental staffing, and other MLA data collection and analysis; and preparing reports on data from the NSF Survey of Earned Doctorates and U. S. government data on degree completions.

In the wake of increasing scale and importance of data analysis in his work and in the MLA, his title changed to Director of the Office of Research and ADE in 2007. Prior to the MLA, Laurence was Assistant Professor of English at SUNY, Stony Brook. He holds an AB from Amherst College, and an MPhil and PhD from Yale, all in American Studies. This event is co-sponsored by the Sophie Kerr Lecture Series and Phi Beta Kappa.

This event is free and open to the public.