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"We value the humanities, the truths in literature, the nuances of grammar, the lessons from history, and the evolution of languages.  We value communication and the power of spoken words.  The languages we teach are alive and are used every day all over the world.  We are global citizens." Salvador A. Oropesa, Ph.D.

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Languages Student Spotlight

Sarah Waldvogel awarded 2018 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

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Sarah Waldvogel believes that taking time to truly listen to patients is as important as any other medicine. As an undergraduate at Clemson University, she pursued a dual degree in biochemistry and genetics with a minor in German studies, and she aspires for a career as both a physician and researcher. READ MORE.

Katrina Killinger and Alan Wright received scholarship by Chukyo University, Japan

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Two Japanese majors in the Department of Languages were recipients of a scholarship awarded by Chukyo University in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. Katrina Killinger (double major, Japanese and English) and Alan Wright (Japanese major, computer science minor) are finishing their year-long study abroad program at the university and received the award for being the exchange students with the highest GPAs.  READ MORE

German alunma spends Fulbright year in Berlin

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2014 graduate Amanda Pridmore, a political science major and student of German, received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant in 2017. She has spent her Fulbright year in Germany researching the funding and financing of Holocaust memorials. Amanda gave two conference talks and one short presentation at the Fulbright Berlin Seminar. She is also planning a major publication with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, where she worked prior to heading to Germany. READ MORE





Languages Faculty Spotlight

The Black Circle
A Life of Alexandre Kojève

Jeff Love
Columbia University Press

Alexandre Kojève (1902–1968) was an important and provocative thinker. Born in Russia, he spent most of his life in France. His interpretation of Hegel and his notorious declaration that history had come to an end exerted great influence on French thinkers and writers such as Raymond Aron, Georges Bataille, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Jacques Lacan, and Raymond Queneau. An unorthodox Marxist, he was a critic of Martin Heidegger and interlocutor of Leo Strauss who played a significant role in establishing the European Economic Community; a polyglot with many unusual interests, he wrote works, mostly unpublished in his lifetime, on quantum physics, the problem of the infinite, Buddhism, atheism, and Vassily Kandinsky’s paintings. READ MORE

New Life for Old Ideas
Chinese Philosophy in the Contemporary World: A Festschrift in Honour of Donald J. Munro

Edited by Yanming An and Brian J. Bruya
The Chinese University Press

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Over five decades, Donald J. Munro has been one of the most important voices in sinological philosophy. Among other accomplishments, his seminal book The Concept of Man in Early China influenced a generation of scholars. His rapprochement with contemporary cognitive and evolutionary science helped bolster the insights of Chinese philosophers, and set the standard for similar explorations today. In this festschrift volume, students of Munro and scholars influenced by him celebrate Munro’s body of work in essays that extend his legacy, exploring their topics as varied as the ethics of Zhuangzi’s autotelicity, the teleology of nature in Zhu Xi, and family love in Confucianism and Christianity. Essays also reflect on Munro’s mentorship and his direct intellectual influence. Through their breadth, analytical excellence, and philosophical insight, the essays in this volume exemplify the spirit of intellectual inquiry that marked Donald Munro’s career as scholar and teacher. READ MORE