Deliberative Democracy in CubaIndependent civil society in Cuba has been excluded from virtually all official governing processes for over 50 years. But with the U.S. lifting travel and commerce restrictions between the two nations and the recent death of Fidel Castro, Cuba is poised for continued political change. Kenya Dworkin, associate professor of Hispanic Studies, is working together with Robert Cavalier, teaching professor of philosophy and director of Carnegie Mellon&#8217;s Program for Deliberative Democracy, to help facilitate this change. Save
Students Display Paintings and Calligraphy Work at ShowcaseThis semester, students have been learning about Chinese calligraphy and its ties to Chinese history, culture and philosophy in the course Chinese Calligraphy: Culture and Skills. After studying the art and origins of calligraphy, students put their newly gained knowledge into practice.
Value of Research Instilled From the StartWhether through research training courses, senior honors theses or showcases like the Dietrich Undergraduate Colloquium, undergraduate students in CMU&#8217;s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences have opportunities to engage in research at every turn.
Fourteen Students Inducted Into Phi Beta KappaFriday, November 04, 2016
Fourteen Students Inducted Into Phi Beta KappaFourteen students have been inducted into CMU&#8217;s chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, including four from the Dietrich College.
Chinese Language Educators Gather at CMU to Share IdeasFriday, October 28, 2016
Chinese Language Educators Gather at CMU to Share IdeasThis fall, over 110 Chinese language educators came to Carnegie Mellon to share ideas, experiences and instructional materials at the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Western Pennsylvania & Foreign Language Teaching Symposium. Attendees represented nearly 40 K-12 schools, colleges and Sunday Chinese schools from the region.
Japanese Studies Program Hosts Sushi PartyWednesday, October 26, 2016
Japanese Studies Program Hosts Sushi PartyThe Japanese Studies program recently hosted a sushi party attended by seven instructors and six students with a major or minor in Japanese Studies. Together, the group made around 800 sushi pieces.
Andrew W. Mellon Fellows SelectedTuesday, October 25, 2016
Andrew W. Mellon Fellows SelectedCarnegie Mellon University&#8217;s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences has selected seven Andrew W. Mellon Fellows, and three are from the Department of Modern Languages: Qiong Li, Tianyu (Sophie) Qin, and Aurora Tsai.
ML Faculty Members Participate in Teaching & Learning SummitTuesday, October 18, 2016
ML Faculty Members Participate in Teaching & Learning SummitCarnegie Mellon recently held its inaugural Teaching & Learning Summit, an event that brought together faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and staff members to discuss teaching strategies and ways to apply educational research in the classroom.
Andrew Carnegie Society Scholars AnnouncedTuesday, October 11, 2016
Andrew Carnegie Society Scholars AnnouncedThe Andrew Carnegie Society (ACS) Scholars Class of 2017 has been announced &#8211; and eight seniors from the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences have been selected. Among them is Emily Joyce, who is majoring in international relations and Hispanic Studies.
Polansky Publishes Student-Friendly Version of Famous Spanish NovelTuesday, October 04, 2016
Polansky Publishes Student-Friendly Version of Famous Spanish NovelSusan Polansky, head of the Department of Modern Languages and teaching professor of Hispanic Studies, recently published an unabridged, student-friendly version of the famous novel &#8220;Tristana,&#8221; written by the prolific and highly regarded Spanish writer Benito P&#233;rez Gald&#243;s.
Senior Honors Fellows Blog About Their Research ExperiencesWednesday, September 14, 2016
Senior Honors Fellows Blog About Their Research ExperiencesCasey Devine, a double major in French & Francophone Studies and Global Studies, is one of eleven students who began work on a senior thesis project this summer as part of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences&#8217; Honors Fellowship Program. The program was created to give select students from the college&#8217;s Senior Honors Program a head start on their thesis projects.
Professors Are Excited About Back-to-School, TooWednesday, August 31, 2016
Professors Are Excited About Back-to-School, TooWhen you were a kid, &#8220;back-to-school&#8221; probably meant newly sharpened pencils, crisp notebooks full of blank paper, maybe a new backpack or lunchbox&#8212;all symbolizing a fresh start and infinite possibilities.
Modern Languages Welcomes New Faculty MembersWednesday, August 24, 2016
Modern Languages Welcomes New Faculty MembersThe Department of Modern Languages would like to introduce its two newest faculty members: S&#233;bastien Dubreil and Tatyana Gershkovich.
Gómez and Wu Receive Grants for TEL and Digital Humanities ProjectsFriday, August 19, 2016
Gómez and Wu Receive Grants for TEL and Digital Humanities ProjectsSue-mei Wu, teaching professor of Chinese Studies, and Felipe G&#243;mez, associate teaching professor of Hispanic Studies, were each recently awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Seed Grant for Technology-Enhanced Learning and Digital Humanities.
Honors Fellows Wrap Up Summer ResearchThursday, August 18, 2016
Honors Fellows Wrap Up Summer ResearchEleven Dietrich College Honors Fellows are poised to begin their senior year with a head start on piloting psychological studies, conducting field research and laying the groundwork for film and writing projects.
Using Foreign Languages To Shape Career PathsTuesday, June 07, 2016
Using Foreign Languages To Shape Career PathsKyle Troutner (SCS&#8217;14) has been fascinated with Japanese culture since childhood. &#8220;I thought the samurai and ninja were cool and wanted to learn more about Japan,&#8221; Troutner said. He started studying Japanese with a private teacher in sixth grade, and continued taking courses throughout high school. By the time Troutner arrived at Carnegie Mellon University, he already knew that he wanted to double major in computer science and Japanese Studies.
The Many Ways to Study Latin America in the Dietrich CollegeMonday, June 06, 2016
The Many Ways to Study Latin America in the Dietrich CollegeThough Carnegie Mellon University does not have a formal program devoted to studying Latin America&#8217;s history, culture and politics, there is no shortage of research and educational opportunities. &#8220;You might say the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences has a Latin American Studies Program in all but name,&#8221; said Paul Eiss, associate professor of anthropology and history.
Simon ProSEED Grants to Fund New Technology-Enhanced Learning ProjectsWednesday, May 18, 2016
Simon ProSEED Grants to Fund New Technology-Enhanced Learning ProjectsCarnegie Mellon University&#8217;s ProSEED grant program will fund nine new technology-enhanced learning (TEL) projects designed to improve education for CMU students while advancing our understanding of how humans learn.
Three Cheers for the Class of 2016Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Three Cheers for the Class of 2016Cameras flashed and smiles lit the room on Sunday, May 15, as students gathered in the Cohon University Center to receive certificates and diplomas at this year&#8217;s Modern Languages graduation ceremony. With family, friends, and members of the department&#8217;s faculty and staff present to cheer them on, the students took their seats in rows facing a stage, poised to become Carnegie Mellon&#8217;s newest graduates.
Students, Alumna Receive Fulbright AwardsFriday, May 13, 2016
Students, Alumna Receive Fulbright AwardsLaura Berry, who will graduate this month with a degree in creative writing and Japanese Studies, was among the students from Carnegie Mellon awarded a Fulbright in 2016. Berry plans to travel to Japan to do research and continue her language studies. Modern Languages alumnus Juan Acosta (DC&#8217;15) began work in Brazil in February after being awarded an English Teaching Assistant Grant in 2015. In addition to teaching English language courses and U.S. culture workshops, he is studying Portuguese, interning and more.
Siriana Abboud Wins Award for Student ServiceTuesday, May 10, 2016
Siriana Abboud Wins Award for Student ServiceThirteen alumni and students will be recognized on May 13 by the Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association for professional achievements and service to the university. Modern Languages student Siriana Abboud is among those who will be honored. She won an award in the Student Service category. Abboud is a senior who will graduate this May with a bachelor&#8217;s degree in psychology and French & Francophone Studies. This is the second award for Abboud in recent months. Earlier this year, she received the Gretchen Lankford Award.
Q&A with Longtime Professor Charlene CastellanoMonday, May 09, 2016
Q&A with Longtime Professor Charlene CastellanoSince 1990, Charlene Castellano has been a fixture in the Department of Modern Languages &#8211; co-founding and co-leading the Russian Studies Program and teaching many Russian language and culture courses. Later this month, she will retire from CMU. Castellano recently explained how she ended up at Carnegie Mellon and reflected on her time here.
Students Debate German Refugee StanceFriday, May 06, 2016
Students Debate German Refugee StanceWhen German Chancellor Angela Merkel committed her country to allowing an open-ended number of refugees to enter between 2015 and 2016, the choice ignited controversy throughout Europe. Carnegie Mellon University students recently had the opportunity to join the debate.
Christopher Jones Wins Teaching Innovation AwardWednesday, April 27, 2016
Christopher Jones Wins Teaching Innovation AwardChristopher Jones, teaching professor of French and Francophone Studies, was honored on April 26 at Carnegie Mellon&#8217;s annual Celebration of Education event, an awards ceremony held to recognize the contributions of outstanding educators at CMU.
New Edition of Polyglot Features Work in Six LanguagesTuesday, April 26, 2016
New Edition of Polyglot Features Work in Six LanguagesEach semester the Department of Modern Languages publishes Polyglot, an online journal featuring articles, essays, and other works written by undergraduates taking language courses at Carnegie Mellon. This semester, 33 pieces were submitted in 6 languages: Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, and Russian.
Meet the Newest Members of Phi Sigma IotaFriday, April 22, 2016
Meet the Newest Members of Phi Sigma IotaThis spring, twenty-four students from Carnegie Mellon University&#8217;s Department of Modern Languages were inducted into Phi Sigma Iota. The prestigious international honor society recognizes the achievements of outstanding students in academic fields related to foreign languages, literatures and cultures. The society has been active for nearly one hundred years and today has 250 chapters at institutions of higher education in three countries.
Dietrich College Selects 11 Honors FellowsWednesday, April 20, 2016
Dietrich College Selects 11 Honors FellowsTwo students from the Department of Modern Languages are among those who were recently named 2016&#8211;2017 Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences Honors Fellows. The Honors Fellowship Program was created to give students a head start on senior thesis projects.
Language AuthenticityTuesday, April 19, 2016
Language AuthenticityR&#233;mi Adam van Compernolle is following up a 2015 book publication with a co-edited volume titled &#8220;Authenticity, Language and Interaction in Second Language Contexts.&#8221;
Siriana Abboud Receives the Gretchen Lankford AwardTuesday, April 19, 2016
Siriana Abboud Receives the Gretchen Lankford AwardSiriana Abboud, who is majoring in psychology and French & Francophone Studies, received the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences&#8217; 2016 Gretchen Lankford Award. The award recognizes outstanding academic achievement and is granted in support of a graduating Dietrich College student who plans to pursue graduate education and a career in teaching.
Sihui (Echo) Ke Is Co-Winner of Teaching AwardFriday, April 01, 2016
Sihui (Echo) Ke Is Co-Winner of Teaching Award
Kenya Dworkin Talks Cuba on Essential PittsburghWednesday, March 23, 2016
Kenya Dworkin Talks Cuba on Essential PittsburghKenya Dworkin, associate professor of Hispanic Studies, was a guest on the radio show Essential Pittsburgh on March 22.
Kaytie Nielsen Receives Luce ScholarshipFriday, March 18, 2016
Kaytie Nielsen Receives Luce ScholarshipCarnegie Mellon University senior Kaytie Nielsen has won a nationally competitive fellowship from the Henry Luce Foundation. Nielsen, a Bachelor of Humanities and Arts student who is minoring in French and Francophone Studies, is one of 18 students and young professionals selected to participate in the prestigious Luce Scholars Program. The award provides stipends, language training and individualized professional placement in Asia for individuals from various fields and backgrounds who have limited exposure to Asian culture.
Discover DietrichFriday, March 18, 2016
Discover DietrichThis spring, the Modern Languages Department will take part in a new event called Discover Dietrich. From March 28 to April 14, faculty, staff and students from across campus will have a chance to learn more about the Dietrich College&#8217;s programs, and the research and projects currently underway in the college&#8217;s various departments.
Book Boom in the Department of Modern LanguagesWednesday, March 09, 2016
Book Boom in the Department of Modern LanguagesIt&#8217;s been a prolific nine months in the Department of Modern Languages, with six faculty members releasing either a textbook, monograph or edited volume since June of 2015 on subjects ranging from literary culture in the GDR to reading in a second language.
Mentoring MattersWednesday, February 24, 2016
Mentoring MattersSince 2014, the Dietrich Honors Fellowship Program has supported the research and creative projects of 12 fellows who work closely with faculty advisors. Through the fellowship, students immerse themselves in their thesis research the summer before their senior year, and they develop lasting relationships with world-class faculty mentors that enhance their lives both academically and professionally.
Achugar Publishes Book on Remaking the PastWednesday, February 17, 2016
Achugar Publishes Book on Remaking the PastHow do young citizens of a country with a painful past make sense of a history they weren&#8217;t present to witness? How are individual and collective memories associated with this past transmitted to younger generations? And how are these memories interpreted and used by a country&#8217;s youth to construct a national identity? These questions form the basis of Mariana Achugar&#8217;s new book, &#8220;Discursive Processes of Intergenerational Transmission of Recent History: (Re)making Our Past.&#8221;
Students Turn Out in Droves to Celebrate Chinese New YearTuesday, February 09, 2016
Students Turn Out in Droves to Celebrate Chinese New YearOn February 5, the Modern Languages Student Advisory Council hosted a film and food event in conjunction with the Chinese Studies program. Students and faculty members gathered in the Gates Hillman Complex to celebrate Chinese New Year and Chinese culture by participating in arts activities, sampling foods from around the world, and viewing a Chinese martial arts filmed called Brotherhood of Blades. Below are some photos from the event.
Gómez Laich One of Five to Receive an Andrew W. Mellon FellowshipFriday, January 22, 2016
Gómez Laich One of Five to Receive an Andrew W. Mellon FellowshipMar&#237;a P&#237;a G&#243;mez Laich, a Ph.D. student in the Second Language Acquisition program, was one of just a handful of Dietrich College graduate students awarded an Andrew W. Mellon fellowship to support research that has a digital humanities component. Learn more about how G&#243;mez Laich plans to make use of technology in her current project.
Shattering Foreign Language TrendsThursday, January 21, 2016
Shattering Foreign Language TrendsDespite no university-wide language requirement, in 2014, 45 percent of CMU students from across the university took a modern languages course. This is a striking contrast to the roughly eight percent of undergraduates nationally who take a foreign language class. In 10 Things to Love about CMU&#8217;s Dietrich College, you will learn what makes the Modern Languages Department special, while also discovering the many other reasons the Dietrich College is not your average liberal arts school.
Modern Languages Welcomes Khaled Al MasaeedTuesday, January 19, 2016
Modern Languages Welcomes Khaled Al MasaeedModern Languages would like to introduce its newest faculty member, Khaled Al Masaeed, who joined the department this month as an assistant professor of Arabic Studies.
Juan Acosta Receives Fulbright GrantWednesday, January 13, 2016
Juan Acosta Receives Fulbright GrantModern Languages alumnus Juan Acosta, who double-majored in Hispanic Studies and Global Studies, received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant. This February he will depart for Brazil, where he will be teaching U.S. language and culture workshops at a Brazilian university, interning at a local non-profit, studying Portuguese, and participating in a program run by Reach the World, an organization that &#8220;virtually connects Fulbrighters with low-income U.S. students to develop their knowledge and attitudes about foreign countries,&#8221; according to Acosta.
Hispanic Studies Faculty Members Receive ProSEED GrantTuesday, January 05, 2016