Phi Beta Kappa Election

December 10, 2018

Congratulations to David Gevarter on being elected to Phi Beta Kappa. 

D_Gevarter_2Phi Beta Kappa is an academic honors society committed to the promotion of scholarship in the liberal arts and sciences among the students of American colleges. Alpha Iota of Massachusetts at Harvard, founded in 1781, is the oldest chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in...

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A Measure of Balance - How the Dudley Fellows help GSAS students step away from their research.

November 28, 2018

At the end of every week, Emma Zitzow-Childs, a PhD candidate in Romance languages and literatures and the coordinating fellow at Dudley House, the GSAS student center based in Lehman Hall, sits down at her computer and puts together the “This Week at Dudley” newsletter that arrives in the inboxes of the graduate community at Harvard. “So, all those bad puns? I take res-pun-sibility for those,” she jokes with a hint of pride. As the coordinating fellow, Zitzow-Childs isn't just sending out the newsletter, she's also making sure the team of fellows at Dudley are supported as they...

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Where Ideas, Tensions Converge

October 1, 2018

A professor of religion and Latinx studies at Harvard Divinity School and Romance languages and literatures at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Mayra Rivera draws on her cross-disciplinary background in her role as faculty chair of the Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights (EMR), the interdepartmental program that focuses on the group’s title categories, paying particular attention to Asian American, Latinx, and Native American studies.

Rivera took that chair last fall. We asked her about her vision for EMR’...

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Conversations on the Art of Literary Translation

September 28, 2018

Boston University has a long tradition of literary translation. BU’s first lecture series on translation was offered in 1978, at a time before Translation Studies was even a recognized field. Since then, invited speakers from around the world, including many of the most accomplished translators and literary figures of the last half-century, have been guests at the Boston University Literary Translation Seminar. The Seminar has in turn fostered the literary careers of generations of BU students, teaching them the art of translation and bringing them into fruitful contact with established...

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Arts & Science Workshop Series

September 27, 2018

In 2016, DRCLAS inaugurated the Arts and Sciences Workshop Series, a faculty initiative co-chaired and moderated by Mariano Siskind, Professor, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and Brian D. Farrell, Director, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; Professor, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. The objective of this series is to foster scholarly discussions centered on the work of leading academics in the fields of the Arts, Humanities and Sciences. Pre-circulated papers are used as reference for a discussion...

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September 17, 2018

 This lecture provides an overview of the Catalan education system at the secondary level focusing on how teachers manage language teaching and language-related issues in the classroom. After reviewing some data on the linguistic demography of the Catalan population and some results regarding language proficiency of Catalan students, I present data on a recent project (Bretxa, Comajoan & Vila, 2017) where high-school teachers gave their views on the sociolinguistic landscape of their schools, students’ achievement, as well as teachers’ challenges in handling the sociolinguistic...