Six Boston University won Gold, Silver and Bronze awards, as well as...
Six Boston University 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 (http://actr.org/). 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!
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, 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, 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 Salesman, Raisin 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.
You can minor in Korean at BU!
To find out the requirements for the Korean minor, please visit: http://www.bu.edu/mlcl/korean/
Declare a minor in Korean online!
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 http://sattriyadance.com/sattriya.
Time: 6:00 pm on Friday, March 21, 2014
Location: The BU Castle, 225 Bay State Road
In Bending Adversity, Financial Times Asia editor David Pilling presents a fresh vision of Japan, drawing on his own deep experience, as well as observations from a cross section of Japanese citizenry, including novelist Haruki Murakami, former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi, industrialists and bankers, activists and artists, teenagers and octogenarians. Through their voices, Pilling captures the dynamism and diversity of contemporary Japan. Free and Open to the Public – Book Signing and Reception to Follow
Co-sponsored by Japan Society Boston and the Center for the Study of Asia at Boston University
Come to Professor Abhisheka’s talk on redefining the sacred in Pre-modern India. The talk will be on Wednesday, April 2 from 4:30-6pm in STH 625.
March 28, 2014, 4-5 PM with a Reception to follow
Sargent College, Room 102
635 Commonwealth Avenue
By the time Anna Akhmatova was twenty-five, fate had granted her every conceivable gift: poetic talent, character, beauty, and fame amidst a brilliant generation. She was then inundated by the tragedies of her century: the arrests of her loved ones, starvation, wars and revolutions, isolation, betrayal. Yet Akhmatova emerged victorious, armed with mere words of poetry.
That victory is the core of the film. Yet A Film about Anna Akhmatova is not a biopic. Rather, it is recreates a story akin to ancient tragedy. The director draws on archival footage, unique recordings of Akhmatova’s voice, and her portraits, with commentary by the poet Anatoly Naiman, who knew Akhmatova in her last years.
Used by thousands of students in the US every year, the Norton Anthology of Western Literature has for decades been a giant in the landscape of literature and liberal arts education. Over the past few years Wiebke Denecke has spearheaded this anthology and the Norton Anthology of World Literature (published in 2012) with a small editorial team under the leadership of Martin Puchner.
For this new ninth edition the new editorial team has reimagined this classic by introducing dozens of new selections and translations, all-new introductions and headnotes, hundreds of illustrations, redesigned maps and timelines, and a completely revamped media program.
To quote Norton: “This is the most exciting, accessible, and teachable version of “the Norton” ever published.”
Check it out:
Read more about it here!