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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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LLORENÇ COMAJOAN: MULTILINGUALISM IN SCHOOLS IN CATALONIA: VOICES FROM THE TEACHERS

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...

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Passports: Lives in Transit

July 12, 2018

Passports: Lives in Transit, an exhibition curated by Rodrigo Del Rio, Lucas Mertehikian, Anthony Otey Hernandez, is on view at the Houghton Library until August 18th.