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The Comparative Literature Department is offering one section of JPNS 1001 for Spring 2019 on MF 9:05-9:55, TR 9:30-10:45. If you are interested in anime and manga or JRPGs?  Want to sing along to your favorite Jpop tunes? Have a budding in Japanese history or culture? Join Sexton-sensai this spring semester in studying the Japanese language in this introductory course! No prior knowledge of the language is needed, as we'll be starting with the very basics! Learn how to read, write, and have basic conversation in Japanese, in addition to learning about the history and culture of Japan.

Congratulations to Samuel Kim, a student in JPNS 2001 with Sasaki-sensei, received 3rd place in the final round of this year's competiitve J.LIVE Talk Japanes speech contest. JLIVE (Japnese Learning Inspired Visiona dn Engagement) Talk is a college level Japanes Language speech competition that emphasizes a comprehensive range of learned communication skills. The contest was hosted by the George Washington University on Sunday, November 11, 2018. For more information on the contest click on the following link:

The Comparative Literature Department is now offering elementary Chinese in spring 2019. If you missed the class in the fall, now is your chance to sign up. For detailed information please contact Mr. Zhiwen Hu at

The Comparative Literature Department introduces a new course titled Playing with Robots for spring 2019.

CMLT 3080 (CRN 48058) invites students of all academic interests and political persuasions to join "the most important conversation of our time" (Max Tegmark).

The course is designed to be an interdisciplinary introduction to concepts of cyberspace and intelligent machines, stimulating reflection on the ethical and socio-political consequences of future developments in artifical intelligence.

Through concepts such as play and liminality, and drawing from literature, history, politcal theory, international relations, and philosophy, CMLT 3080 explores topics such as new media, hacking and hacktivism, cyber warfare, as well as fiction on emotional and political simulations by intelligent machines to observe agonistic mentalities that seek relationships of replacement rather than non-zero-sum games. The course proposes that cyberspace, where A.I. operates, can serve as a laboratory to simulate irenic (peaceful) values in new, artificial worlds developed outside the parameters of the familiar. In this sense, cyberspace may serve as a liminal place where new realities and new values may emerge. 

For more information and syllabus contact Dr. Vlad B. Jecan at


Dean Dorsey presents award to Dr. Maganda.

Dr. Dainess Maganda is the recipient of the Franklin College Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award 2018. She was nominated by her students based on her enthusiasm, dedication and quality of instruction. Dr. Maganda teaches Swahili and the World I and II  and Elementary and Intermediate Swahili. A former student summed it up by saying, " Dr. Maganda is a wonderful woman who truly cares about her students and I suspect anyone she meets. She reminds me to see the good in every aspect of life, no matter how trivial. She opened my eyes to see a part of the world, that I had never given much thought, in a different way. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to have her as a professor."

Famine Irish and the American Racial State by Peter D. O'Neill

Dr. Peter O'Neill has earned an Honorable Mention for his 2017 book, Famine Irish and the American Racial State in the Donald Murphy Prize for Distinguished First Books competition organized by the American Conference for Irish Studies. " I am absolutely delighted to have earned this recognition" says Dr. O'Neill. "The Murphy Prize competition is one of the most prestigious awards in my field, and this year's crop of monographs was particularly strong. I am very grateful to the selection committee for this honor."

Murphy Prize Committee noted in their citation that:

"Peter O’Neill’s Famine Irish and the American Racial State provides a transatlantic and comparative analysis of nineteenth-century methods of racialization. O’Neill focuses his study on the plight of the Famine Irish—a group recognized as “white” and thus as legal citizens of the United States, but not acknowledged culturally as members of the American nation. Drawing from an impressive range of literary, cultural, and archival sources, O’Neill persuasively argues that the structures of the American state, often working in tandem with the Catholic Church, provided the Irish with the means to achieve the ideal citizenship of both legal and cultural acceptance. He notes that while some Famine Irish resisted this offer, far more embraced the opportunity and, in doing so, played a pivotal role in the development of the American racial state. Famine Irish and the American Racial State is an ambitious book that deepens our understanding of the interplay between race, religion, and the nineteenth-century American state."

For more information of the ACIS prizewinners click here.

Information of Dr. O'Neill's book may be found here.

Famine Irish and the American Racial State

Accounts of Irish racialization in the United States have tended to stress Irish difference. Famine Irish and the American Racial State takes a different stance. This interdisciplinary, transnational work uses an array of cultural artifacts, including…

Date:  April 18, 2018

Time:  10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Place:  Tate Student Center, Reception Hall



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