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What's New in the Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures Department

March 30, 2017

It's been another exciting and productive year at the Heights! I hope you will enjoy an inside look at some of the highlights in the Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures Department:

  • Assistant Professor of the Practice Fang Lü (East Asian) has been researching in Hong Kong and Shanghai on feminism in the work of Lin Yutang.
  • Professor Maxim D. Shrayer (Russian) is currently teaching a core pilot course on genocide and crimes against humanity
  • Professor Cynthia Simmons (Slavic) spent her sabbatical last year researching in Bosnia. 
  • The Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas (U.K.) has awarded senior Doyle Calhoun their Vivian Law Prize for a paper excerpted from his senior thesis being written with Professor Margaret Thomas.
  • The department hosted former Lebanese President Amine Gemayel and the journalist Charles Glass as lecturers in our continuing series on the fate of Christians in the Middle East. 

Faculty publications highlights include Franck Salameh's Charles Corm: An Intellectual Biography of a Twentieth-Century Lebanese "Young Phoenician" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014). He was recently promoted to associate professor with tenure and is presently overseas on sabbatical leave researching memoirs of Beirut's Jewish community. Also, Professor Margaret Thomas (Linguistics), unflagging as ever in her scholarly and teaching activity, has edited a monumental four-volume critical assessment of the work of Roman Jakobson, the intellectual godfather of this department's Program in Linguistics.

Our long-serving administrative assistant, Demetra Parasirakis, who had been with the department for 30 years, has retired. We encourage you to email our new administrative assistant, Korina Tazbir, with news about where you are and what you are doing and how your Boston College education is serving you.


M.J. Connolly
Chair, Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures Department 

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