By Virginia Cherol

MLCL Students Place in National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest

May 22nd, 2015 in Celebration

Heartiest congratulations to Victoria Cummings​ and Weronika Pasciak​, who placed in the National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest! Weronika received the Bronze Medal and Victoria placed as an Honorable Mention. Both students competed in the category of students who speak a Slavic language other than Russian. The Russian program is proud of Vika and Weronika’s accomplishments in our program and look forward to their further success. 1,087 students from colleges all over the United States competed in the contest. This is the second year that Boston University has multiple placements in the contest.

First Korean Minors

May 19th, 2015 in Uncategorized

MLCL is proud to present the first batch of Korean minors. Andy Eui-Hyung Lee (CAS), Deepa Patel  (SAR), Kristina Woolf (CAS), and Yichen Liu (COM), Congratulations!

Korean Minors

Photo: (Left to right)  Jungsoo Kim (Korean lecturer), Deepa Patel, Kristina Woolf, and Yoon Sun Yang (Assistant Professor of Korean and Comparative Literature).


WORKSHOP: “Illusion and Disillusionment: Travel Writers in the Modern Age”

May 8th, 2015 in Workshop

May 14, 9am-5pm

745 Commonwealth Ave. Room 636

Please join this exciting workshop, the coronation of several meetings of the BU Travel Literature Group, and learn about travel in Asia, the Middle East, the Atlantic world, and the world of literary imagination.


Panel 1: 10-11 am

“Travel, Adventure, and Self-fashioning: A Frenchman’s Journey to New Orleans in 1729″ (Elizabeth Goldsmith, Romance Studies, BU, emerita)

“Fable, Truth, and Propaganda: Lay and Ecclesiastical Travelers from Europe to China in the Long 18th Century” (Eugenio Menegon, History, BU)

BREAK: 11-11:15 am

Panel 2: 11:15 am -12:15 pm

“Polidori’s The Vampyre (1819): Monstrous Travel and the Seductions of Ancient Greece” (James Uden, Classics, BU)

“The Chameleonic Identities of Mohan Lal Kashmiri and the Great Game of the 19th Century” (Sunil Sharma, MLCL, BU)

LUNCH: 12:15-1:30

Panel 3: 1:30-2:30 pm

“Marie Dugard Takes Notes: A Parisian Schoolteacher’s Spirited Reaction to 1890’s America (Mary Beth Raycraft, Romance Studies, BU)

“Travels of a Cosmopolitan Girl: Yoshiya Nobuko’s 1929 World Tour” (Sarah Frederick, MLCL, BU)

Panel 4: 2:30-3:30 pm

“Travel and Imagination: Halide Edib’s Encounters with an Illusory India” (Roberta Micallef, MLCL, BU)

“True Stories from the Moscow Dorms: Sonallah Ibrahim and Mohammad Malas at VGIK” (Margaret Litvin, MLCL, BU)

BREAK: 3:30-4:00

KEYNOTE: 4-5 pm

Professor James Buzard (M.I.T.)

“Postcolonial Valediction: Durrell’s Bitter Lemons of Cyprus and the Legacies of the Grand Tour”

SPONSORS: Boston University Center for the Humanities, Middle East and North Africa Studies, Center for the Study of Asia, Modern Languages and Comparative Literature Romance Studies

Sarah Frederick Speaks at Anime Boston

April 24th, 2015 in Lecture

Sarah Frederick organized a panel in the “Foundations of Anime” series of scholarly panels at the Anime Boston   convention. She was joined by two Japanese studies graduate students from Harvard, Andrew Campana and Caitlin Casiello, and BU undergraduate Claire Pozniak (Political Science, 2015), to talk about various aspects of Japanese girls’ culture and same-sex love in anime and manga. Many BU students were in the audience, including several cosplayers dressed as anime characters. Anime Boston is the largest animation convention in the Northeast held in Boston every spring and attended by over 20,000 people.

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MLCL Open House Today!

April 13th, 2015 in Social Event

Please join us on Monday April 13 for our Spring Open House! Learn about our Fall 2015 course offerings, along with how to major or minor in one of our exciting departments! Faculty will be on hand to answer questions too! The Open House is from 3-5pm in 745 Commonwealth Avenue room 611.  Bring your friends!


Margaret Litvin wins ALCS-Burkhardt Fellowship

March 27th, 2015 in Uncategorized

Associate Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature, Margaret Litvin, has just won one of the most competitive annual fellowships, the Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars, from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). She will be spending the 2015-16 academic year at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study researching the history of Arab-Russian and Arab-Soviet cultural and literary ties during the long twentieth century. Her working title for the book project is Another East: Arab Writers, Moscow Dreams.

MLCL Spring Open House 4/13

March 24th, 2015 in Social Event

Please join us on Monday April 13 for our Spring Open House! Learn about our Fall 2015 course offerings, along with how to major or minor in one of our exciting departments! Faculty will be on hand to answer questions too! The Open House is from 3-5pm in 745 Commonwealth Avenue room 611.  Bring your friends!


Join us for Revolutionary Voices: Victory over the Sun (04/23/15)

March 18th, 2015 in Lecture, Movie

Victory over the Sun

Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Boston University Photonics Center
8 St. Mary’s Street, Room 206
(MBTA Green Line “B” to BU Central or “C” to St. Mary’s St.)

Free and open to the public | Reception & book-signing to follow

Few theatrical creations of the 20th century are as mythically iconoclastic as Victory Over the Sun. Concocted by the trans-rational poet Aleksey Kruchenykh, the messiah of painterly abstraction Kazimir Malevich, and the avant-garde composer-painter Mikhail Matiushin, Victory was nominally called an opera. In fact, it was an anti-operatic, anti-theatrical, anti-literary piece of performance art, intended to topple aesthetic and intellectual hierarchies and idols. Please join us for a performance of this seminal early achievement of Russian Futurism that spanned many art forms, including poetry, art, music and theater, and a discussion exploring what it can tell us about the connections among art, technology, and the humanities today.


The evening will open with an experimental production of Victory Over the Sun, directed by Anna Winestein, followed by comments by historian Harlow Robinson, a panel discussion with scholars and the creative participants in the production, and a book signing with the author of the newly re-issued translation of Victory, Larissa Shmailo.

Our digital-humanities interpretation of Victory will feature music composed and digitally mastered by Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, choreography and movement direction by Rebecca Rice, voice performance by Larissa Shmailo (alongside digital voices synthesized by Kervinen), and digital projections created in collaboration with the BU Computer Science Department that respond to the movement of the dancers.

The Revolutionary Voices project is directed by Yuri Corrigan, Assistant Professor of Russian & Comparative Literature, and Minou Arjomand, Assistant Professor of English, in collaboration with the Center the Study of Europe.

Sponsored by the Boston University Center for Humanities, the Jewish Cultural Endowment, the Provost Arts Initiative, and the Center for the Study of Europe. Presented in collaboration with the Ballets Russes Arts Initiative and Cervena Barva Press.

Join us on April 9th at 5pm for Our 2015 “Sushi Lecture” “Howard Zinn in Japan: Civil Rights, the Vietnam War, and Solidarity in Hiroshima”

March 16th, 2015 in Cultural Event, Lecture

Ann Sherif, Professor, East Asian Studies Program, Oberlin College

April 9, 5pm

745 Commonwealth Avenue


Sushi Reception to Follow

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In 1966, historian Howard Zinn and Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee member Ralph Featherstone were invited to participate in anti-Vietnam War teach-ins in cities all over Japan by Tsurumi Shunsuke, Oda Makoto and other antiwar activists. My talk focuses on the civil rights leaders’ visit to Hiroshima. Were the teach-in participants able to find common ground with antinuclear and hibakusha (A-bomb survivor) groups in Hiroshima? What objectives and ideas did these disparate social movements share? What can these encounters tell us about transnational solidarity in search for solutions to global problems?


Ann Sherif, author of Japan’s Cold War: Media, Literature, and the Law (Columbia University Press), lives in Cleveland Ohio. Her current research focuses on independent and regional publishers and literature in Japan, 1917-1990.

Join us on Thursday March 19th for “Dissidence in Turkey; Elections and the Struggle for Political Legitimacy”

March 13th, 2015 in Lecture

Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 3:30-5:00pm

121 Bay State Road, First Floor

Sinan Ciddi is an expert on Turkish domestic politics and foreign
policy. He obtained his Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African
Studies, University of London in 2007 in the field of Political Science.
Dr. Ciddi is also a teacher and researcher at Georgetown University.
About the talk: Under the incumbency of the Justice and Development Party
(AKP),the country’s initial turn to consolidating and internalizing liberal
democratic norms has since 2013, taken a sharp dive. Although Turkey has
not been plagued by severe economic instability since the early 2000’s, there
seems to be no doubt that the country is in the midst of an
ever-escalating political crisis. Institutional arrangements to
manage, accommodate and ameliorate political conflict- from
political parties to the judicial system appear to be
faltering. What are the roots Turkish political conduct and
what typology does Turkey’s democratic credentials fit