It's been another busy and exciting academic year for the Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures Department. We hope you enjoy a look at some of the highlights:
- Professor Cynthia Simmons (Slavic), who announced her retirement at the end of this year, spent her sabbatical doing research in Bosnia, and, returning to BC, initiated a lecture series, Faith Communities and Civil Society During and After Conflict, in collaboration with the Institute for the Liberal Arts.
- Professor Maxim Shrayer (Russian) published his translations of his father David Shrayer-Petrov's work in the anniversary issue of Four Centuries: Russian Poetry in Translation. His memoir Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story (Syracuse University Press, 2013) was also released in paperback this year.
- Associate Professor Franck Salameh (Near Eastern studies) gave a talk at Jerusalem's Ben Zvi Institute on a topic from his current research, a "memory project" chronicling early 20th-century history of Lebanese Jews. He also published two essays on the same topic in Middle Eastern Studies and the Journal of the Middle East and Africa in collaboration with his URF and BC Presidential Scholar Hagop Toghramadjian '17.
In other news, this year the SELL department continued to foster and sponsor lively academic conversations. In addition to our regular seminars, SELL events included a student led panel, "Russia Through Different Eyes"; our third annual Arabic Culture Night; Associate Professor of the Practice Thomas Epstein's presentation on "Love and Languages" during International Education Week; and a number of provocative talks in our series on the Status of Near Eastern Christians featuring former Lebanese President Amine Gemayel, veteran journalist Charles Glass, and Lebanon and Syria experts Marius Deeb and Joshua Landis.
Chair, Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures Department