Francophone Film Festival of Kalamazoo
March 21-23, 28-30

Past News

Summer Translation Program

 July 1-25, 2013

japanbooksTwitter request goes viral
Japanese professor's request goes viral on Twitter. Japan responds with thousands of books and many heartwarming letters.

baughmandubord Two language students receive Gilman Scholarship for studying abroad
Brad Baughman (studying Arabic) and Rebecca Dubord (studying French) are recipients of the prestigious Gilman Scholarship, which provides up to $5,000 for American students to pursue overseas study. Brad is currently studying in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates and Rebecca is in Besançon, France.

waggyDepartment launches new journal with help from graduate student Jenaba Duymovic Waggy pdf
The new journal, Transference, will focus on the art and process of poetry translation. Our inaugural issue will appear in spring or summer 2013.

The Department of World Languages and Literatures is proud to announce the latest edition of our newsletter. pdf Enjoy!

Angles Dr. Jeffrey Angles Wins University Award pdf
Dr. Jeffrey Angles, associate professor of Japanese and Japanese advisor, has received an Emerging Scholar Award in recognition for his work as literary translator and scholar of modern Japanese literature.

StPetersburgThinking about studying abroad in Russia?
A two-week Summer Program in St. Petersburg, Russia at Herzen University is open to all WMU students and faculty. Explore the language and culture of one of the most exciting cities in East Europe. Be there in mid-June during White Nights and explore the many venues this city has to offer. See students who have studied abroad to find out what it's all about!

For additional information on the program and scholarships, check WMU's Study Abroad site or contact Dr. Nisula at 269-387-3005.

beaverAnnual Canadian Studies Roundtable
Friday, April 13 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Bernhard Center
Scholars, teachers, students and the general public are invited!

Workshop topics include: Great Lakes Trade and Transportation, Teaching Canadian studies, Current Political Outlook U.S. and Canada, Immigration and multiculturalism in Canada, Great Lakes and Climate Change, and Sustainability and challenges.

"The Convergence of "Ways": The Twilight of Early Chinese Literary Studies and the Rise of Waka Studies in the Long Twelfth Century Japan,"
by Dr. Saeko Shibayamam, Columbia University / Free University of Berlin.

Monday, April 9, 3025 Brown Hall, 4:15 p.m.
Lecture sponsored by the Japan Foundation, The Soga Japan Center, and the Department of Foreign Languages.

The Department of Foreign Languages is sad to announce the loss of our friend and former chair of the Department of Languages and Linguistics, Robert Palmatier, who died on April 29, 2011. For more information on Dr. Palmatier's life, please read the full obituary.

Japan FoundationJapanese studies has received $140,000 in grant funding
from the Japan Foundation's Institutional Project Support Program. The grant application was written by Stephen Covell, department chair and director of WMU's Michitoshi Soga Japan Center, and Jeffrey Angles, associate professor of Japanese languages and literature.

WMU Dr. Peter Krawutschke elected to national board for languages
A WMU faculty member since 1967, Krawutschke was elected to the Joint National Committee for Languages and the National Council for Languages and International Studies' Board of Directors for a two-year term.

WMUJuly 14 marked the 50th anniversary of the death of Yukiko Murakami, a Japanese exchange student, and the establishment of a scholarship named in her honor.

FFF Francophone Film Festival - March 14 - 18
Please join us for the annual Francophone Film Festival! This competitive festival has movies from French-speaking countries around the world (with subtitles in English), and includes visits and conversations with two of the film directors. Please visit the website for further information!

VellePresentation by Catherine Velle, author of the novel Soeurs chocolat

Friday, December 2, at 10:00 a.m. in 3025 Brown Hall, Humanities Resource Center

Students, faculty, and community members interested in French, fiction, theater, and communication will enjoy this presentation by Catherine Velle, author, actress, and communications director for the Marie Claire publishing group. Her book, Soeurs chocolat, has been chosen by the Federation of Alliances Françaises as book of the year, 2011. Read more. Word

Rebecca FrandsenFrench Student Wins National Scholarship - Rebecca Frandsen has won a full-tuition scholarship to study in Aix-en-Provence this summer.

Interested in study abroad in France? See students who have studied abroad to find out what it's all about!

Dr. Dirk Uffelmann, professor in Slavic Literatures and Cultures from the University of Passau, will deliver a talk on Dostoevsky and ethics: "The Mundane Ethics of Dostoevsky's 'Legend of the Grand Inquisitor'."

The presentation will take place on Wednesday, September 28th, at 4:00 p.m. in the Brown and Gold Room of the Bernhard Center. It is co-sponsored by the WMU Ethics Center and the Department of Foreign Languages.

Jeffrey Angles Awarded Landon Translation Prize
Jeffrey Angles, associate professor of Japanese literature and translation studies, won the prize for the book "Forest of Eyes," his translation of works by the late Japanese poet Chi-mako Tada.

Japan FoundationInterested in studying French abroad?

*Spring semester: Besançon, France
*Summer II: Quebec City

Come to an informational meeting on WMU programs in France and Quebec!
Tuesday, September 20, noon, 3025 Brown.

 The Summer Translation Institute
An intensive four week translation program that offered a unique opportunity for advanced language learners and professionals to improve their translation skills while working on their language proficiency. The program provided intensive training in Arabic and Japanese, and took place July 5 - 29, 2011.

 An English/Russian Bilingual Reading by Dr. Nisula and Conrad Hilberry The Department of Foreign Languages and the Summer Translation Institute hosted an English/Russian Bilingual Reading presented by Dr. Dasha Nisula and Michigan Poet Conrad Hilberry.

 Dr. Angles Translation is One of 2010's Best Books
Angles' book, "Forest of Eyes," received the prestigious Japan-U.S. Friendship Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature. "Forest of Eyes," a translation of works by the late Japanese poet Chimako Tada, was published in 2010 by the University of California Press.

Francophone Film Festival

Alumni SpeakerStudents attend annual Michigan World Language Association conference in Lansing, MI.
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Alumni Speaker2010 Distinguished Service Award Winner A 40-year member of the faculty and an experienced senior administrator received a Western Michigan University's 2010-11 Distinguished Service Award.

 Chinese Minor Wins First Place: Quinton Quaye, a Western Michigan University senior, won first place May 15 at the Midwest Regional Chinese Speaking Contest at Northwest University in Chicago, Ill

Denise DietrichGerman Student Honored with Prestigious Fellowship: Denise Dietrich, a December 2009 graduate with degrees in theatre and german, has been selected to participate in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX)

Dr. BlicklePeter Blickle, Professor of German, won the 2009 Geertje Potash Prose Prize of the Society for Contemporary American Literature in German, which publishes the German-American literary journal Trans-Lit2, organizes readings and workshops, and awards two literary prizes, one in prose and the other in poetry. Dr. Blickle won with his short story "Spazierstock" (Walking Cane).  It explores contemporary issues of masculinity, comparing them from German and American Angles.

Dr. AnglesAssociate Professor Jeffrey Angles' book, Forest of Eyes: Poetry of Tada Chimako, has won the 2009 Japan-US Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature.  The prize, which includes a monetary award, is offered annually by the Donald Keene Center for Japanese Studies at Columbia University.  Each year, there is one prize for a translation of modern literature (Dr. Angles' award) and a prize for a translation of classical literature.

 WMU's Confucius Institute offers educational/business links to China.





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