Learn more about recent news in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University.

French Conversation offered Summer I 2017

The department is offering French Conversation (FREN 3170) during the summer I semester. For more information contact Dillon Dolby.

Top staffer recognized for her work

Colleen Sante of the Spanish department, a close connection to the World Languages and Literatures department, has received the spring 2017 Make a Difference Award. The Make a Difference Award Program is a campuswide peer-to-peer initiative that recognizes University staff members for their outstanding accomplishments and daily investment of energy and creativity. Ten Western Michigan University members have been honored as outstanding employees this semester. Colleen will be recognized during a reception at 2 p.m. Monday, April 17 in 157 Bernhard Center.

WMU Offering Hindi/Urdu and Vietnamese Courses in Fall

WMU will offer Hindi/Urdu and Vietnamese courses during the fall semester through the Southwest Michigan Educational Initiative on the East Indian Ocean. Hindi/Urdu will be offered on main campus and Vietnamese will be offered at the Grand Rapids Beltline campus. Contact Dr. Nathan Tabor for more information at Fall course offerings.

"You are Welcome here" t-shirts available

The Haenicke Institute for Global Education has "You Are Welcome Here" t-shirts available for $10 in 2425 Ellsworth Hall. Email to place an order for your office or unit. Read more about welcoming efforts at WMU.

Medieval institute starts new book series

WMU's Medieval Institute Publications has a new book series, Past Imperfect. These affordable paperbacks present concise, provocative and accessible critical overviews of the latest research by the world's leading medieval studies scholars. More information.

WMU to offer Chinese Minor at Grand Rapids High School

WMU's Extended University Programs and the Department of World Languages and Literatures is proud to announce that they will be offering Chinese courses onsite to students attending Forest Hills Schools. Upon entering the 9th grade, students will be able to earn a Chinese minor by the time they graduate high school.

Faculty wins important Japanese Literary prize

The department is very pleased to announce that Dr. Jeffrey Angles has received the Yomiuri Prize for Literature, in the poetry category. This award is one of the most important literary prizes in Japan -- much like the Pulitzer Prize in the United States -- and it is the first time that an American has won the award. Jeffrey is an accomplished translator of Japanese poetry and recently published his first book of Japanese poetry written directly in Japanese, titled "Watashi no hizukehenksen" (My International Date Line). It is for this book that he is being recognized. Congratulations Jeffrey!

NPR interview with Dr. Jeffrey Angles and Stateside's Cynthia Canty

Speech by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Carla Koretsky
Speech by the Director of the WMU Soga Japan Center, Dr. Takashi Yoshida
Photos and more information

Watch our Odyssey Reading Marathon

On November 11, the department and its Classics language section hosted a community marathon reading of Homer's Odyssey. Watch and listen to the reading in its entirety and find more information about the event on their website.

notable Alumni Recognized

Ms. Rebekkah Zanotti has received the department's 2016 Alumni Achievement Award. Rebekkah is a Cryptologic Technician Interpretive (CTI) for the U.S. Navy's Fleet Information Operations Center. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the department in 2013 with a major in German before joining the U.S. Navy and studying Russian at the prestigious Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California.

Sara Eggleston, another World Languages and Literatures alumna, recently shared her experience as an online language teacher during her talk, World Language Teaching On Campus & Online: Reflections and Experiences.

Faculty's Poetry translations featured

Poetry International Web is featuring the poet Takako Arai along with Dr. Jeffrey Angles' translations of her work. On the site are videos showing Arai and Angles reading her work in Japanese and English translation.

Faculty shortlisted for Translation Award

Dr. Jeffrey Angles' most recent book, These Things Here and Now, was nominated for the Lucien Stryk Translation Award. The award is given out at the annual ALTA (American Literary Translators Association) conference each year to a book of translations done from an Asian language.