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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



Haiku Awards in English

1st Award
Aron White (JPNS 1002)
The dew drop will fall
Small ripples upon the lake
An upside-down world

2nd Awards (2)
Madalene Ison (JPNS 1002)
Rain on the concrete
City life slows down for now
Neon lights soften

Annette Aguilar (JPNS 1002)
A spring breeze blows in;
From the inside we witness
The rebirth of all

Haiku Award in Japanese: Top Award
Miranda Keeney (JPNS 1001)
フワフワの 黄色い光 葉を照らす
[Translation: The puffy, soft / light of yellow illumi/nating new leaves]


International Symposium

Intercultural Studies for a Global Age: Principles, Methodology, Practice

April 12-14, 2018, University of Georgia, at Athens

Russell Special Collections Building, Room 285

300 S. Hull Street, Athens

This symposium explores the ways in which we can remap and reorganize a transdisciplinary field of intercultural studies that would go beyond the current field of cultural studies while preserving and reorienting some of its valuable insights within a global reference frame.  Topics include: current concepts of culture operative in various academic and nonacademic fields; the main guiding principles of intercultural studies and practices and their cognitive and ethical implications; the mutual feedback loops between intercultural studies, comparative literature, translation studies, and other relevant fields in the humanities, arts and social sciences; the development of new institutional and curricular frameworks as well as new information and communication technological platforms for intercultural studies.

Please click here for International Symosium program.

Forgetting and Othering: Representing the War of Resistance

Xiaojue Wang

Rutgers University

War narratives are products of both memory and amnesia. Neither remembering nor forgetting is inherently good or bad. However, when it comes to ways of dealing with war past, forgetting is often dismissed as the malignant other of remembering, something that needs to be resisted against. This paper considers the politics of forgetting in war cinema and understands forgetting as a constitutive part that connects war and cinema. By examining the intricate figure of the Other Chinese, the paper discusses the representational strategies of forgetting and othering in a range of Chinese films of the War of Resistance against Japan (1937-1945) produced since the 1950s. The divergence in cinematic representations allows us to reconsider wartime and postwar epistemologies of Asia and China’s changing self-positioning in the region and the globe. 

Xiaojue Wang is Associate Professor of Chinese Literature at Rutgers University.  She received her Ph.D. degree in Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Her research interests are Chinese literature and culture from late imperial to contemporary periods, the cultural Cold War, cultural memories, film and media studies, and comparative literature. She is the author of Modernity with a Cold War Face: Reimagining the Nation in Chinese Literature across the 1949 Divide (Harvard University Asia Center, 2013), which examines the diverse, dynamic cultural practices in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and overseas across the 1949 Chinese divide, and re-positions modern Chinese literature in the global context of the Cold War. She is currently finishing her second book on the prominent woman writer Eileen Chang and the concept of literature in the making of Chinese modernity.

Her official website:

*This lecture is part of the Willson Center Research Seminar "Women in War:  Literature, History, and Politics."

Dr. Luiz Fernando Valente

Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies and Comparative Literature, Brown University

Body, Law, and Desire in Guimarães Rosa's Corpo de Baile

Luiz Fernando Valente is Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies and Comparative Literature at Brown University. A past President of the American Portuguese Studies Association, Professor Valente cofounded the journal Brasil/Brazil, and he has taught as a visiting professor both in Latin America and at institutions in the United States. The author of more than seventy book chapters and articles, Valente’s books include Mundivivências: leituras comparativas de Guimarães Rosa (2011) and História e ficção: convergências e contrastes (2002), and he is currently finishing a monograph on Euclides da Cunha. His presentation represents part of his research into the role of masculinities and patriarchal order in Brazilian fiction.

"Dissidence and the Critical Humanities" (as part of the Willson Research Seminar:  Cultural and Linguistic Identity in the Americas)

Wednesday, March 28 at 4:00 pm- MLC, 214

"Body, Law and Desire in Guimaraes Rosa's Corpo de Baile" (as part of the Romance Languages Colloquium Series)

Friday, March 30 at 4:30 pm- Gilbert Hall, 118



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