Wednesday, August 12, 2009

U of I Translation Studies: Program Updates

Translation plays a very big role in Spanish community service learning, so I always like to share information about the University of Illinois' Center for Translation Studies. Here is a program update from Elizabeth Lowe, Director.

"Dear colleagues and students,

"I am pleased to announce new course offerings for the Center for Translation Studies in the 2009-2010 academic year.

"We welcome Dr. Anastasia Lakhtikova to our instructional staff. Dr. Lakhtikova has a doctorate in English and Comparative Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. A native speaker of Russian, she has specialized in the work of writer and translator Vladimir Nabokov. She will be teaching and developing new courses for our program. Open to undergraduate and graduate students for registration for Fall 2009 is her new course titled "The World of Translation" (CWL 496). This course introduces students to a number of masterpieces of world literature and the challenges they pose for a translator. From the classics of Western civilization, to contemporary remakes, from the literature of the absurd, to the postmodernist novel and "potential literature," the class will explore ways in which texts move across cultures. It is an excellent introductory course to the translation studies curriculum. For more information about this course, click here.

"In Spring 2010 Dr. Lakhtikova will offer a course titled "Translation and Bilingualism." Dr. Lakhtikova will have an active role in our program. Please make her feel welcome.

"In Spring 2010 we will be offering "Theory and Practice of Literary Translation" with guest lecturer Prof. Reinhard Mayer. Prof. Mayer is a highly regarded translation scholar and he will be with us for a semester to teach, work with students and to assist with development of our MA program.

:Patricia Phillips-Batoma will teach "Commercial and Technical Translation" in Spring 2010. Open to both undergraduate and graduate students, this course will be an elective available to students who wish to specialize in professional and technical translation.

"We plan to offer the study abroad program in Vienna again next May (Summer I). Titled "Translation in the European Union," this program will give students the opportunity to observe the important role of translation and multilingualism in an EU capital. The program will also include a side trip to Brussels to visit various EU agencies, including the Directorate General of Translation.
We are currently in the process of enhancing our website. You will receive more news and updates on the Center for Translation Studies in the near future.

"Best wishes for a successful beginning to the new academic year.

"Elizabeth Lowe
Director, Center for Translation Studies School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 4080 Foreign Languages Building, MC-171
707 South Mathews
Urbana, Illinois 61801
Phone: (217) 244-7455 Fax: (217)244-8430


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