Saturday, 5:15–6:30 p.m., Lone Star F-H, JW Marriott
The Public Work of Interpretation
A linked session arranged in conjunction with the forum Presidential Plenary: Literature and Its Publics: Past, Present, and Future (241). Presiding: Roland Greene, Stanford Univ.
Speakers: William Adams, National Endowment for the Humanities; Jo Guldi, Brown Univ.; Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Columbia Univ.
How is interpretation, the work of many MLA members, a public act? The speakers—a historian, the chair of the principal federal agency for public humanities, and a founder of rural schools—reflect on the place of interpretation in the general culture.