BU Translation Seminar

The BU Translation Seminar offers a lecture series open to the public each spring semester.

Teaching, studying, and practicing literary translation has a long tradition at Boston University. Our first lecture series on translation was offered in 1978, at a time before Translation Studies was even a recognized field. 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 Seminar.

Asta Fanney Sirurðardottir, an Icelandic poet, and her translator, Vala Thorodds speaking at the Translation Seminar in 2023.

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 translators, editors, publishers, and writers worldwide. The lectures are also open to the public and attract audiences from all over Boston and New England. 

Past lectures can be watched here:

For an alphabetical list of guest lecturers since 1978, click here.

In Spring 2024 the Friday Lectures will be moderated by Keith Vincent.

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