Japan Section Year-End Prizes

Honor Society inductees Xi, Chang (front row), Ma, Gao, and Cho (back row)

The Japanese Section awarded several prizes to mark the end of the 2016-17 academic year. First, we are proud to announce the recipients of this year’s Kinyo Awards for Excellence in Japanese language study.  The prize recognizes the hard work and achievement of the top student at each level of William and Mary’s Japanese language… Read More

Innovative Honors Thesis Research in Francophone Studies

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Two French and Francophone Studies seniors recently defended their honors theses. Zarine Kharazian and Paul Naanou both conducted innovative research and received highest honors following the oral defense of their work. Financial support through the McCormack-Reboussin and the Charles Center, respectively, helped make these ground-breaking studies possible. Their work shows the interdisciplinarity and relevance to… Read More

Subtitling “Non Perdono” – a Collaborative Project

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This past semester, spring 2017, my students and I took part in a collaborative project with a group from Johns Hopkins University and two Italian filmmakers. The experimental documentary film Non Perdono (Non Pardon / I Don’t Forgive, 2016) explores current environmental, health and economic crises in the town of Taranto, Italy, long home to… Read More

The Italian Program Goes to the Museum

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On March 29th the Italian Program organized a guided tour of the wonderful exhibition Botticelli and the Search for the Divine hosted at the Muscarelle Museum. This is the most important Botticelli exhibition in the United States so far. A group of about 25 students, currently enrolled in our language classes, was guided through the… Read More

W&M’s Shodo Performance at the National Cherry Blossom Festival

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By Norie Sakuma, Japanese House Tutor Imagine our excitement: tens of thousands of visitors flock to the National Cherry Blossom Festival from every year from March 20th to April 16th. The spectacular array of cherry blossoms dazzles the eye then and enchants the soul, even when the weather is reluctant to release winter. And amid… Read More

Russian Music Ensemble Takes Williamsburg By Storm!

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Founded in 2014, the William & Mary Russian Music Ensemble (RME) is the latest formation to emerge out of W&M’s diverse array of musical groups. What began as a labor of love for ethnomusicologist Jonathan Johnston has evolved into a one-credit course that students across all disciplines can take in order to learn about the… Read More

Gabrielle Hibbert Successfully Defends Honors Thesis

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Gabriella Hibbert successfully defended her Honors Thesis Alternative Notions of Dissent: Punk Rock’s Significance in the Soviet Union and East Germany in April 2017. Her thesis asserts that the initial punk rock movements of the United States and Great Britain served as a foundation for the Soviet Punk and Ostrock movements of the Soviet Union… Read More

Sophia Yates Reflects on her Study Abroad Trip to St. Petersburg

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When I tell people that I studied abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia in the summer of 2016, I am always asked: “What was it like? Was it scary?”  Well at first, yes.  On the two-hour trip from the airport to my homestay, all of us wondered what the next six weeks had in store for… Read More

Recent HISP Alums Will Pursue Advanced Degrees

Maisoon Fillo ('15) spent a semester teaching English in Peru

After a few years of varied, enriching, and meaningful experiences–domestically and abroad–, some of our recent HISP graduates have decided to pursue further studies in their aims of becoming stronger civic-minded individuals, activists for education, critical thinkers who question social asymmetries, and forgers of global relations. During her time at W&M, Maisoon Fillo (Hispanic Studies & Psychology… Read More

Senior Seminar Publications on Francophone Louisiana Writers

Folklorist Barry Ancelet engages in a discussion after a talk on the Acadian diaspora

Thirteen W&M seniors are publishing a brief biography in French to the forthcoming open-access biographical encyclopedia on important figures of francophone Louisiana. The Class of 2017 seniors in French and Francophone Studies got a chance to engage with the authors, poets, and researchers whom they were studying, thanks to a collaboration between Prof. Nathan Rabalais and… Read More

Faculty-Mentored Research: Students Translate and Publish Essay by Cuban Filmmaker

The Cinema of Cuba; co-edited by Prof. Ann Marie Stock (forthcoming, summer 2017).

Three Hispanic Studies majors teamed up to translate an essay by Cuban filmmaker Carlos Rodríguez.  Nathaniel Clemens (’17), Kyle McQuillan (’17) and Morgan Sehdev (’17) will have their work published in the forthcoming book, The Cinema of Cuba: Contemporary Film and the Legacy of Revolution, co-edited by Professor Ann Marie Stock.  This faculty-research project was… Read More

Undergraduate Conference on Modern Chinese Literature

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Undergraduate students in the Chinese program presented their research projects in “Rewriting Modern Chinese Literature: An Undergraduate Conference” on April 18, 20 & 25, 2017. During the conference, students discussed how modern and contemporary Chinese literature is written and rewritten vis-à-vis the larger sociopolitical, cultural, and theoretical context. Topics presented in the conference included trauma… Read More

Celebrating the Hispanic Studies Community

Prof. Longo, Alex Wingate ('18), Polly Lauer ('17)

A warm April afternoon and an inviting room at the Cohen Career Center ornamented by faculty and students were the perfect scenario for an eagerly anticipated celebration of the community forged by Hispanic Studies students, faculty, alums, and enthusiasts. The intellectual and affective community that the Hispanic Studies program at large nurtures every day was able to share some… Read More

Prof. Calvin Hui won two more external fellowships!

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Please join us in congratulating Professor Calvin Hui, Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies, for winning the prestigious Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Scholarly Exchange Junior Scholar Grant in 2016. He will use his fellowship year to work on his book project entitled “Fashion, Media, and Chinese Consumer Culture.” In addition, Professor Hui was awarded the 2016-17 China Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship… Read More

Plumeri Award for 2017: Elena Prokhorova

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Department:	Modern Languages and Literatures
Title:	Associate Professor - Russian Studies/RPSS Director

Elena Prokhorova displays a dedication to her students and the university that has earned her the respect and recognition of both her colleagues and the student body. Since becoming a member of the William & Mary faculty in 2003, she has taken on a multitude of leadership positions, including director of the Russian and Post-Soviet… Read More

Katie Freund (HISP ’17) awarded Fulbright ETA Scholarship

Katie Freund ('17). Courtesy of W&M Peer Scholarship Advisors

Katie Freund, a HISP and Econ double major, has recently been awarded a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach in Mexico next year. After a successful semester abroad in Chile, and hoping to foster intercultural understanding and communication, Katie decided to apply for a Fulbright scholarship that would give her the opportunity to live and… Read More

Winter Break in Germany – Afua Asenso

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This past winter break, I had the opportunity to go to Göttingen, Germany, after proposing a research project revolving around the African and African American or multicultural experiences of college or high school students. Alongside my research, I posted daily on my blog. Professor Jenny Taylor and Professor Anne Hudley sponsored and supported my trip…. Read More

History, Unevenness, and Urban Space in Japanese Cinema: Prof. Sasaki Presents on Kawashima’s “Suzaki Paradise: Red Light” (1956)

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As part of the Bellini Colloquium series for spring 2017, Prof. Tomoyuki Sasaki shared his new research with colleagues and students.  On March 30, Prof. Sasaki presented a talk entitled “History, Unevenness, and Urban Space in Japanese Cinema: A Case Study,” which is part of his new research project. Prof. Sasaki’s presentation examined the intersection between historical narratives and cinema. Postwar… Read More

Students and Faculty Share Their Research at MACLAS Conference

Rachel Merriman-Goldring, presenting on materiality and art at MACLAS

By Prof. Christina Baker. Seniors, Katie Freund and Rachel Merriman-Goldring, presented at the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies (MACLAS), held at the University of Virginia, March 24-5. The senior Monroe Scholars attended panels on the topic of articulating Latin/o American identities in the United States on Friday, March 24th, engaging with presenters during… Read More

A State-Wide Japanese “Jam” Session

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On February 11, 2017, the William and Mary Japanese Culture Association participated in a trailblazing event when we journeyed to Virginia Tech for the first annual Intercollegiate Japanese Organization meeting. This event required exceptional coordination and planning among the Commonwealth’s educational facilities and Japanese instructors; yet how better to interact with myriad other students and… Read More

Encuentro Latino: First W&M Latinx Alumni Reunion in Washington, DC

By Prof. John Riofrio. On December 8, 2016, William and Mary held it’s first-ever Latinx Alumni Reunion in the William and Mary Washington, D.C. Office. Entitled, Encuentro Latino, this exciting first-time event was conceptualized as an opportunity para encontrarse y encontrarnos – to encounter and reconnect with one another. Associate Professor of Hispanic and Latinx… Read More

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