By Shawn Provencal

2017 Translation Seminar Lecture Series

May 2nd, 2017 in Uncategorized

The complete series of the 2017 Seminar in Literary Translation Lectures are now available at our CAS event recordings resources page.

A direct link to the series (1978-2017) can be found here:  In addition to the 2017 offerings, Geddes has added lectures from the mid-1990s to the website during the Spring 2017 semester.


Seminar in Translation 2016

July 19th, 2016 in Uncategorized

The ongoing lecture series “Theory and Practice of  Literary Translation” for 2016 have been posted online.

The lectures are avaiulable to anyone with a BU username and Kerberos password, and include:

Christopher Ricks – Beckett’s Translating Himself [01-29-2016]
Lawrence Venuti – Translating J.V. Foix’s Daybook 1918 – The Strangeness of Minority [02-19-2016]
Virginia Jewiss – This Must Be the Place Getting Italian Films to Speak English [02-26-2016]
Robert Pinsky and Luis Alberto Ambroggio – Translated and Translator – Ginza Samba – Poemas Escogidos [03-04-2016]
Irina Mashinski -Translating as the Art of Variations – Russian Poetry and the Myth of Singularity [03-18-2016]
David Hinton – Translating Classical Chinese poetry [04-8-2016]
Michael Emmerich – On Translating The Tale of Genji into Japanese [04-15-2016]
Frederick Ahl and Sarah Ruden – Translating Vergil’s Aeneid – A Conversation [04-22-2016]

2016Click here to visit the 2016 page.


Summer Newsletter

June 26th, 2015 in Uncategorized

We hope your summer is going well!

Please find the Geddes summer newsletter attached here.  Inside you can learn about Technology Mini-Grants, WikiSpace, DIll, MyGeddes reservations and more…

As always, we’re available throughout the summer for one on one training sessions, and consultations.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

– The Geddes Language Center Staff


Upcoming AATSP Webinar: Against “Rules”, by Prof. Bill VanPatten, Michigan State University

January 16th, 2015 in Uncategorized

The acquisition of a second language is often described as the learning of rules. But what if rules in the classic sense did not exist? In this webinar, we will explore this provocative topic, suggesting that language it is not a collection of classic rules and bears little resemblance to the way in which language is presented in textbooks or is talked about by teachers and many professionals. Implications for the nature of language acquisition as well as language instruction will be discussed.

Wednesday, February 11, 4p-5p, CAS430

Sign up here!

Spring one-on-one training sessions

December 3rd, 2014 in Uncategorized

The Geddes Staff will be available by appointment from January 5 through the start of classes (and beyond!) for one on one training consultations. If you’re on campus, or just have some free time, come see us!

Some popular training topics include:
Using Dill, the digital language lab, for assignments or oral exams
Creating a Blackboard site, and uploading documents, songs, videos, images
Using the Blackboard Grade Center
Grading assignments digitally within Blackboard
Creating video content in YouTube
Having students submitting video assignments with Blackboard and YouTube
Zoom, a Skype like application, for having students record video conversations with each other
Using the equipment in your classroom

These are only suggestions, we’re open to whatever you want to learn to have a great start to the Spring semester.

Happy Holidays!

New Faculty Space

August 28th, 2013 in Uncategorized

The Geddes Language Center presents its updated renovated relocated Faculty Workspace for 2013. You can find the new workspace at the far left-hand end of the main language lab. The space is equipped with three computing stations, a new scanner and printer, assorted office supplies, comfortable chairs, more room, robust vegetation and a hospitable ambience. There is also a video viewing option and a small area for quiet meetings. Reservations are not required. Come check it out at your convenience.

Office 2013 Spell and Grammar Check

March 29th, 2013 in Uncategorized

Anyone who has installed Office 2013 (available at for faculty and staff) can download spell and grammar check for many different languages here. By default, Office only ships with English, French and Spanish.  Unless you know otherwise, you’ll want to download the x86 versions.


BU Asia Film Week

October 18th, 2012 in Uncategorized

Boston University Asia Film Week 2012
“Young Asia: Conversation between Generations”
October 22-26, 2012

Oct. 22 Monday Opening Event
4 – 6 pm: Student Symposium: “Young Asia: The Past and the Future”
6 – 7:30 pm: Reception
Location: Pardee House | 67 Bay State Road

Oct. 23 Tuesday
12:30 – 2 pm Sushi lunch Talk “From MOGA to Gyaru: Rebellious Girls in Japan”
Speaker: Sarah Frederick (Boston University)
Location: Japanese Language House, Boston University | 206 Bay State Road

3 – 5:00 pm Japanese film viewing: “Hula Girls” (2006), Director: Sang-il Lee
Introduction: Mariko Itoh Henstock (Boston University)
Location: Geddes Language Center | 685 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 533B

6:30 – 9:30 pm Japanese film viewing: “Akira” (1988), Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
Guest Speaker: SusanNapier (Tufts University)
Location: College of Communication | 640 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 101

Oct. 24 Wednesday
12:30 – 2 pm Live Korean Music Performance and Korean Lunch
Introduction: Yoon Sun Yang (Boston University)
Location: BU Central | 775 Commonwealth Avenue (George Sherman Union, Lower Level)

3 – 5 pm Korean Film viewing: “Bandhobi” (2009), Director: Shin Dong-Il
Introduction: Jaemin Roh (Boston University)
Location: Geddes Language Center | 685 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 533B

6:30 – 9:30 pm Korean Film viewing: “Bleak Night” (2011), Director: Yoon Sung-Hyun
Guest Speaker: Michelle Cho (Brown University)
Location: College of Communication | 640 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 101

Oct 25 Thursday
12:30 – 2 pm Dim Sum Lunch Talk “The young thinkers and social change in late Qing China”
Speaker: Hsiao-Chih Chang (Boston University)
Location: Chinese Language House | 172 Bay State Road

3 – 5 pm Chinese Film viewing: “Platform” (2000) Director: Jia Zhangke
Introduction: J. Keith Vincent (Boston University)
Location: Geddes Language Center | 685 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 533B

6:30 – 9:30 pm Taiwan Film viewing: “A Brighter Summer Day” (1991) Director: Edward Yang.
Guest Speaker: Eileen Chaw (Duke University)
Location: College of Communication | 640 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 101

Oct. 26 Friday
3 – 5 pm Bangladesh Film Viewing: Ontorjatra (“Inner Journey”) (2006), Directors: Tareque & Catherine Masud
Introduction: Nazli Kibria (Boston University)
Location: Geddes Language Center | 685 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 533B

5:30 – 7 pm South Asian Dance and Reception
Introduction: Sunil Sharma (Boston University)
Location: The Alley | 775 Commonwealth Avenue (George Sherman Union, Lower Level)

7:30 – 10:30 pm Hindi Film Viewing: Iqbal (2005), Director: Nagesh Kuknoor
Guest Speaker: Lakshmi Srinivas (UMass Boston)
Location: College of Communication | 640 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 101

Sponsored by the Boston University Center for the Humanities, the Boston University Center for the Study of Asia, the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, the Geddes Language Center, and Asian student organizations at Boston University

Free and open to the public
More information:

Persian Film Website

September 26th, 2012 in Uncategorized

The Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute has made it possible (through a grant to NETPAC/USA-Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema/USA – and AsiaPacific Films) for Boston University to  stream the films in the “Understanding Persian Culture Through Film” project.

This grant made it possible to add films that examine the theme “Love and Devotion in Persian Culture as Seen through Film.”  You can see the new films, with introductions by Persian film scholars and experts her:

You can read about the project, including an important message from Dr. Elahe Mir-Djalali Omidyar, by exploring the links found on the home page of the project.  Your faculty and students can stream the free films by clicking on your portal here using the password ‘bostonu’:

This will allow faculty and students to access all 32  movies for free.

The streaming of 32 films for all students and faculty at Boston University remains a gift, thanks to a grant from the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute until June 30, 2013.

L’Apéro – French Cultural Center – Sept 27

September 20th, 2012 in Uncategorized

Boston University students (with BU student ID), $8
Members and other students, $10
Non-members, $15
21+ only (government-issued photo ID required)

RSVP Recommended: 617.912.0400

The French Cultural Center invites Boston University students to join in the fun of our September Apéro at a special, reduced price. L’Apéro is a great way for Francophiles and Francophones to come together and socialize en français while enjoying some wine, a bit of fromage, French music and the latest art exhibit. Practice your French in a low-key, fun setting with fellow French language enthusiasts.

About L’Apéro (short for l’apéritif)
(n) désigne le moment de convivialité où des personnes se retrouvent pour discuter.
(noun) a friendly get-together where people enjoy libations and conversations.

All levels of French are welcome.