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MLCL Student Recieves the Gregory Hudson Award for Writing Excellence in the Humanities

July 10th, 2014 in Uncategorized

Recent MLCL Graduate William Wallis was recently named the winner of the prestigious Gregory Hudson Award for Writing Excellence in the Humanities for his thesis “Betwixt and Between: Ubertino Carrara and Lin Zexu”.  MLCL’s Margaret Litvin described his work:

Beyond mere erudition, William Wallis’s writing shows an original, thoughtful approach to intellectual problems and a dazzling sensitivity to verse. To quote my colleague Wiebke Denecke, who inspired William to learn Classical Chinese and rashly approved his thesis topic: “Who in the world has lately compared an 18th century Aeneid-based NeoLatin epic about Christopher Columbus with a 19th-century Chinese statesman’s exile poetry about the Far West of the Chinese Qing Empire? Unique, for sure, and brilliantly done.

Congratulations William!


New Course! CAS XL 100

June 19th, 2014 in Uncategorized

Introduction to Literature. WR 100 Equivalent

CAS XL 100 introduces basic methods of literary study through interpretation and discussion of texts from a wide variety of literary traditions. Topics include symbolism, genre, translation, film adaptation, cross-cultural appropriation, and theories of “cultural capital.” We will pay special attention to the question of what makes literary language literary; to oral and written language as a medium of expression; and to the more general  problem of producing “legitimate” language in academic and other social contexts.  All works read in English; no prerequisites.

Read more here


BU to Host 19th Annual AATK Conference

June 16th, 2014 in Uncategorized


Boston University is proud to host the 19th Annual American Association of Teachers of Korean Conference from June 19 to 21st.  Please find all information here.

2 MLCL Professors Attend BUCH Incoming Fellows’ Luncheon on May 2

May 7th, 2014 in Uncategorized

Professor Selfie

Two MLCL professors, Abigail Gilman and Yoon Sun Yang, took a selfie on the way to the BUCH Incoming Fellows’ luncheon on May 2.  Professor Gillman will be a Jeffrey Henderson Senior Research Fellow and Professor Yang, a Junior Faculty Fellow for the academic year 2014-2015.

Six Boston University Students Receive Honors in National Russian Essay Contest

April 23rd, 2014 in Uncategorized

Six Boston University students won Gold, Silver and Bronze awards, as well as Honorable Mentions, in the National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest, sponsored by the American Council of Teachers of Russian ( Over 1,000 students from all over the United States compete in the contest every year, and many of the students who place come from highly regarded universities and colleges. Students write on a topic that is announced immediately before they begin. They have an hour to write their essays, and they may not consult outside materials while they work. This year’s topic — the same for all levels of Russian — was “An Important Decision in My Life.”

The Russian program is proud to announce the winners: Theodore Darenkov (Gold or First Place, Russian Heritage Learners, Level 1); Marcin Swieczkowski (Silver or Second Place, Heritage Speakers of a Slavic Language Other than Russian, Level 3); Kseniya Rogulina (Bronze or Third Place, Russian Heritage Learners, Level 2); Rebecca Shipler (Honorable Mention, Heritage Speakers of a Slavic Language Other than Russian, Level 2); Joseph Weber (Honorable Mention, Non-Heritage Students Taking Russian for the First Time, Level 2); and Alexander Williams (Honorable Mention, Non-Heritage Students Taking Russian for the First Time, Level 1). Hearty congratulations to these students and their instructors!

Undergraduate Jewish Studies End of Year Party

April 16th, 2014 in Uncategorized

End of the year party

Two MLCL Students Win Fulbright Awards!

April 15th, 2014 in Uncategorized

We are excited to report that two German Language and Literature Majors have won prestigious Fulbright Scholarships.  Congratulations Matthew Egger and Alex Williams!


Matthew Egger

Matthew Egger


Matthew Egger, graduating senior was awarded a Fulbright grant for next year.

He will be attending the first year of a Master’s program in classical archaeology and ancient numismatics at the University of Tuebingen in Germany.  The research area of focus is a site on the Western Anatolian coast dating to the Hellenistic Period called Herakliea on Latmos.

During the summer months Matthew will be engaged in archaeological excavations under direction of Junior Professor Richard Posamentir, where he will apply the technical skills and cultural-historical knowledge gained at Tuebingen working directly in the field with a German research team.

Matthew has spent his undergraduate career preparing for the Fulbright application process by pursuing a degree in German language and literature. German and American practices of archaeology are quite different; Americans approach the practice of archaeology through an anthropological lens, whereas in Germany, archaeology is its own unique discipline.  The goal of this project is to help to bridge the disciplinary gap between German and American styles of archaeology, while coming to more accurately understand our shared Western material heritage.



Alex Williams

Alex Williams

Alex Williams, a graduating senior majoring in German Language and Literature and Linguistics, has won an English Teaching Assistant Fulbright. Alex will teach English in Turkey in the coming year. He plans to use classics of American theater, such as Death of a SalesmanRaisin in the Sun, and M. Butterfly, to help his students strengthen their ability to use the English language and also to gain a better understand of past and contemporary issues in American society. He is still waiting on pins and needles for his placement in Turkey, but knows he will be sent to a top-notch university.  As a cultural ambassador, Alex aspires to build on skills he gained while studying in Turkey through the Critical Language Scholarship and at the TU Dresden through the BU Study Abroad Program.


Korean Minor

April 11th, 2014 in Uncategorized

You can minor in Korean at BU!

To find out the requirements for the Korean minor, please visit:

Declare a minor in Korean online!

Sattariya: A Classical Indian Dance Performance by Prateesha Suresh

April 8th, 2014 in Uncategorized

Join us on April 23, 2014


855 Commonwealth Avenue Concert Hall

Sattriya Dance is one of eight classical dances of India, the word sattriya is derived from sattra meaning monastery. Traditionally it was performed by the monks initiated into the devotional order of poet-saint Shankardev. This dance performance is a dramatic retelling of mythological stories dealing with God, Gurus and the Devotees.

It is performed by Prateesh Suresh who is trained in three classical Indian dances. She recieved her trainings at Kalakshetra, the premeire classical dance institute in India. She has been performing the classical Indian dances for more than two decades. She also runs a dance school and Pratishruti Foundation in Mumbai for the promotion of classical Indian Art. For more information please see

Sattriya Dance Performance (2)


2014 Persian Symposium

March 28th, 2014 in Uncategorized

Join us for the 2014 Persian Symposium! See the full schedule here!

Perisan Lit