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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

Hilda Chan, a 2017 graduate with dual degrees in Biochemistry and Modern Languages with an emphasis in Mandarin Chinese, has been accepted into the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at Baylor College of Medicine. MSTPs are hosted by top-tier medical colleges in the U.S. and are funded by the National Institutes of Health. Such programs aim to train the next generation of physician-scientists and allow students with strong research and clinical experiences to pursue both medical and biomedical sciences doctoral degrees. MSTP students receive full financial support from the program. Hilda will begin her first year of medical school at Baylor in July, and she hopes to specialize in infectious diseases during her graduate school years. She hopes to work at an intersection between infectious diseases and oncology in the future.





Languages Faculty Spotlight

Prof. Jeff Love’s new book: Heidegger in Russia and Eastern Europe (2017)

Heidegger’s influence in the twentieth century probably outstrips that of any other philosopher, at least in the so-called Continental tradition. The 'revolution' Heidegger brought about with his compelling readings of the broader philosophical tradition transformed German philosophy and spread quickly to most of Europe, the United States and Japan. This volume examines Heidegger’s influence in a region where his reception has had a remarkable and largely hidden history: Eastern Europe and Russia.

The book begins by addressing two important literary influences on Heidegger: Dostoevsky and Tolstoy. It goes on to examine Heidegger’s philosophical influence, and features three crucial figures in the reception of Heidegger’s thought in Eastern Europe and Russia: Vladimir Bibikhin, Krzysztof Michalski, and Jan Patočka. Finally the volume deals with an often vexed issue in current treatments of Heidegger: the importance of Heidegger’s philosophy for politics. The book includes essays by an international team of contributors, including leading representatives of Heideggerian thought in Russia today. Heidegger’s thought plays a key role in debates over Russian identity and the geopolitical role Russia has to play in the world. The volume surveys the complicated landscape of post-Soviet philosophy, and how the rise of widely differing appropriations of Heidegger exploit familiar fault lines in the Russian reception of Western thinkers that date back to the first stirrings of a distinctively Russian philosophical tradition.

Prof. Love is the author of Tolstoy: A Guide for the Perplexed (2008) and The Overcoming of History in War and Peace (2004). He has also published an annotated translation of F. W. J. Schelling’s Philosophical Investigations into the Essence of Human Freedom (2006) with Johannes Schmidt, Associate Professor of German of Department of Languages at Clemson University.