The Department of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley

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Congratulations, Caitlin!

Please join us in congratulating Caitlin Scholl who has recently been offered a Fulbright grant to Morocco in Comparative Literature. Recipients of grants awarded by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

2015 Commencement

This year’s Dwinelle Languages and Literatures Commencement will be held:

Thursday, May 21st
2:00 pm, Zellerbach Hall

The ceremony includes the departments of Celtic Studies, Comparative Literature, Dutch, French, German, Italian Studies, Scandinavian, Slavic Languages & Literatures, and Spanish & Portuguese. In order to participate in the ceremony, please register online by Friday, May 1st. Click here for more information.

2015 Weisinger Memorial Lecture

Kenneth Weisinger Memorial Lecture
Thursday, May 7th, 5pm
Geball Room (220 Stephens Hall):

Na’ama Rokem
Asst. professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago
Utopias of Translation: Paul Celan & Yehuda Amichai in Jerusalem

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Lifen Zhang, April 20th

The French department is pleased to welcome:

Lifen Zhang, Visiting Scholar
“Reading Althusser in China”
Monday, April 20th, 5pm
French Library, 4229 Dwinelle
Talk will be in English, refreshments provided.

Lifen Zhang

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Congratulations, Francine!

Please join us in congratulating Francine Masiello, who has been awarded Berkeley’s Distinguished Teaching Award for 2015. This year’s 5 recipients will be honored at a public ceremony on Tuesday, April 21st at 5pm in the Zellerbach Playhouse, with a reception to follow. More information about the award can be found on the Center for Teaching and Learning’s website.

Congratulations, Tristram!

Tristram Wolff (PhD 2013) has been named co-recipient of the 2015 Charles Bernheimer Prize. The prize is awarded annually to the best dissertation in the field of comparative literature by the American Comparative Literature Association. Tristram’s dissertation, Romantic Etymologies and Language Ecologies, was directed by Professor Anne-Lise François.

Congratulations, Niklaus!

Niklaus Largier has been awarded the prestigious 2015 Anneliese Maier Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, which recognizes outstanding humanities scholars. The award is a high distinction which will give him substantial means over the course of five years to pursue research collaborations with Germany, especially the University of Cologne.

 

Congratulations, Bob!

This year, Professor Robert Alter will be awarded with an honorary doctorate by the Hebrew University for distinguished achievement.

Congratulations, Sarah!

Sarah Mohamed, undergraduate class of 2014 and University Medal finalist, has been awarded the 2015 Marshall Scholarship. Before leaving for the University of Oxford, Sarah will continue her research on human rights with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC.

Congratulations, Judith & Michael!!

Please join us in congratulating two of our faculty, recently honored by the French government:

Judith Butler has been named Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Minister of Culture and Communication in recognition of significant contributions to furthering the arts and literature in France and throughout the world.

Michael Lucey has been named Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the Minister of Education for devotion and accomplishment in furthering French intellectual, scientific, and artistic achievements in the world.

Congratulations, Kareem!

Graduate student, Kareem Abu-Zeid has won the 2014 Poetry Magazine Translation Award. He is among eight honored, for his translations of Dunya Mikhail and Najwan Darwish.