COLT 53.03/AMES 41.19 Offered Spring 2018 @ 2A/Ariss

Identity and Representation in the Middle East: Narratives of Loss 
Spring 2018 @ 2A Inst. Tarek El-Ariss                                                                     
This interdisciplinary course lays the theoretical foundations for reflecting on the question of identity in Middle Eastern culture. Focusing on experiences of loss and dispossession, we will examine the discourse on identity and memory, identity and trauma, and national identity. We will analyze narratives of lamentations and humiliation following military and ideological defeats from the second half of the 20th century to the present.

US history is a Pandora's box!

US history is a Pandora's box. There has never been a better moment to open it

Past controversy has often been diluted. After Trump’s victory, there’s a real opportunity to discuss what counts as history and the role it plays in democracy

In divided cold war-era Germany, the last thing that an eminent historian of fascism would have hoped to do was scandalize. But scandalize Ernst Nolte did. The title of his essay The Past that Will Not Pass, published in the prominent Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in 1986, rehearsed William Faulkner’s famed dictum: “The past is never dead.” Under the unremarkable headline, however, lay a stark provocation.

The topic was Nolte’s specialty: the Nazi era. Germans had undoubtedly committed extraordinary atrocities, but how exceptional, he asked, were the crimes? And how exceptional did they render the country’s history? To make his point, Nolte suggested that Hitler’s annihilation policies were derivative, borrowed from the Bolsheviks, and reactive, triggered by the Nazis’ own anxieties about Bolshevism’s return.

Students Learn About Global Displacement in ‘Migration Stories’

The United Nations estimates that there are about 232 million international migrants worldwide. Many have been forced to leave their homes because of poverty, global conflicts, and natural disasters. To help students understand the causes and effects of migration, Silvia Spitta, the Robert E. Maxwell Professor of Arts and Sciences has teamed up with Gerd Gemunden, the Sherman Fairchild Professor of the Humanities, to offer an interdisciplinary comparative literature course called “Migration Stories.” The focus is on how film and literature represent migrants, borders, and border crossing experiences throughout history.

Congratulations to the MA Graduate Theses Presenters

Congratulations on a job well done to all the COLT MA Graduate students!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Thornton Hall, room 105
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Graduate Director: Gerd Gemünden
Chair: David LaGuardia

Panel 1
Moderator: Sughey Ramirez

  • Prashansa Taneja:  "What's at Stake When Wearing a Sari in Italy?: Indian Migrant Femininity in Sonali Dasgupta's Altro Mondo."
  • Hannah Doermann: Beyond Diversity in Young Adult Fiction: Neoliveral Depoliticization of Social Movements in Hannah Moskowitz’s Not Otherwise Specified
  • Sarah Domenick: "Mon rire vole haut": Joyce Mansour and Black Humor

Panel 2
Moderator: Hannah Doermann

  • Hua Zhao: Domesticating the Foreign: Porcelain and Tea in Britain
  • Sughey Ramirez: Finding Esu: A Diasporic Approach to Luiz Gama and Black Literary Tradition
  • Pan Hu: The Poetics and Politics of Dissolution in Djuna Barnes’ Nightwood

This event is free and open to the public!

Fifteen Students and Alumni Offered Fulbrights

Fifteen students and alumni have been offered Fulbright scholarships this year—the largest class of Dartmouth Fulbrights since 2014, according to Jessica Smolin, assistant dean for scholarship advising.
“I congratulate all of this year’s Fulbright recipients,” says Smolin. “This is an exciting time for the Fulbright at Dartmouth—we have more resources than ever to support students through the application process, including a new Fulbright adviser, Holly Taylor. I encourage all students and alumni considering research or teaching abroad to make an appointment with our office.” 
Sponsored by the U.S. government, the Fulbright Program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other nations through international educational exchanges in more than 155 countries. Fulbright awards are available for research, graduate study, and teaching English.

Evelyn Fernandez-Lizarraga ’16
San Diego, Calif.
Linguistics and comparative literature double major
English teaching assistant grant, South Korea

Iryna Shuvalova, GR '14 names Gates Cambridge Scholar

Award-winning Ukrainian poet and translator Iryna Shuvalova, GR ’14, has been named a Gates Cambridge Scholar for 2016. huvalova plans to earn a PhD in Slavonic studies, focusing on how armed conflict and post-conflict trauma have informed the Ukrainian oral poetic tradition.

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship was created in 2000 through an endowment gift from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to Cambridge University that aims “to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others,” according to the program’s website. This year the program selected 90 scholars—35 from the United States and 55 from 30 other countries—to pursue advanced study at Cambridge. Shuvalova is the third Dartmouth graduate to receive the award; Peter Sutoris ’11 and Ingrid Nelson ’05 received the honor in 2015 and 2005, respectively.

Please go to the Dartmouth Now to read the full article!

DCAL’s Gateway Initiative: Big Courses That Feel Small

Small class size: It’s one of Dartmouth’s strengths, of which students and faculty are proud. Small classes allow for individualized attention and feedback and let students develop close relationships with intellectual mentors who are top scholars in their fields.

But even at Dartmouth, not all classes can be small. Larger undergraduate classes are what Lisa Baldez, director of the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL), and Josh Kim, director of digital learning initiatives, call gateway courses—introductory survey classes that fulfill major and distribution requirements and open doors to deeper study.


Rebecca Biron, professor of Spanish and comparative literature and dean of the College, works with instructional designer Ashley Kehoe on a new Gateway course that Biron will teach next year. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)

Dartmouth’s Ben Randolph ’15 Wins Beinecke Scholarship

Ben Randolph ’15, has been named a Beinecke Scholar, one of 20 college juniors nationally. The award, which supports the “graduate education of young men and women of exceptional promise,” provides $4,000 prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school.

Randolph, a comparative literature major from Louisville, Ky., plans to enter an interdisciplinary PhD program, concentrating on critical, theoretical approaches to literature and society.

“I’m interested in how, and why, our society privileges some people over others,” Randolph says. “Specifically, I want to ask why some people are naturally seen as having depth and complexity, while others are reduced to having stereotypical, derogatory motivations for their behavior.”