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Newsletter 2016-2017 Year in Review

Global Humanities Initiative announces winners of new translation prize


  • to Alexander Johnson, a McCormick junior majoring in electrical engineering, minoring in Japanese Language, for receiving the Northwestern University Summer Undergraduate Research Grant! This 2017 summer, Alexander will complete a research project entitled “Bus Guide Speech Synthesis System” with electrical engineering professor Keiichi Tokuda at the Nagoya Institute of Technology in Nagoya, Japan. The project seeks to generate more expressive automated speech in both Japanese and English for use in interactive computer guides that can speak with and give directions to tourists at bus stops throughout Japan.

Undergraduate Language Grant Recipients

Inaugural Phyllis Lyons Lectures in Japanese Studies Focus on Literary and Performative Cultures

ASG Faculty Honor Roll

Three of our faculty received the 2016-2017 Associated Student Government (ASG) Faculty Honor Roll!
Congratulations, Laura Brueck, Licheng Gu and Jingjing Ji!

Newsletter Spring 2016

Mahindra Humanities Center Postdoctoral Fellowship

Corey Byrnes, assistant professor of Chinese literature, was awarded a prestigious post-doctoral fellowship at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard. The theme is “slow violence,” a concept that comes out of Rob Nixon’s eco-inflected literary studies, and it links very well with his current project.

Publication of Essential Urdu Dictionary

Timsal Masud, visiting assistant professor, recently published Essential Urdu Dictionary by Teach Yourself! This is especially exciting because up until now there was no accessible dictionary for the Urdu learners.

Exploring American and Japanese Literature

Andrew Leong, Assistant Professor of English and Japanese, explored an archive of literary works that addressed what makes a national literature. He is currently writing a book exploring how the works he translated and interpreted can provide new insights about both American and Japanese Literature.