Modern Languages News and Achievements
Vanessa Borilot, assistant professor of French in the Department of Modern Languages, gave a presentation, titled “From Coolies to French Citizens via Indians: Indo-Caribbean Indentured Servitude on the spectrum of the Black Code (1685) and its aftermath” at the American Comparative Literature Association at UCLA in March.
In April, she was a guest speaker at Rutgers University where she gave a talk about Racial Relations in the French Caribbean, and she gave a presentation, titled “Ma commère, Rate et Ti kiki: homosexuality, transsexuality and counter masculinity narratives in French Caribbean Imaginary,” at the 20th-21st-centuries French and Francophone Studies Colloquium at Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island.
Mark Harman, professor of German and English in the Department of Modern Languages, spoke on Franz Kafka’s “Letter to Father” in April, at Mount Joy Public Library. Harman has written extensively about Irish and German-language authors, with a particular emphasis on Franz Kafka, about whom he has published more than 20 articles. The “Letter” raises multiple historical questions, especially about Jews in Austro-Hungary, relationship between generations, anti-Semitism, early 20th-century methods of upbringing, business vs. the arts, parental legacies (fathers vs. mothers) etc.
Mark Harman, professor of German and English in the departments of Modern Languages and English, respectively, contributed an article discussing the theory and practice of translating Franz Kafka to a recently published volume, “Franz Kafka in Context,” edited by Carolin Duttlinger of Oxford University in the United Kingdom and published by Cambridge University Press.
Charla Lorenzen, associate professor in the Department of Modern Languages, presented “Pre-service Teachers and the Art of Planning to Improvise,” on her research on pre-service teacher development at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
Mahua Bhattacharya, associate professor of Japanese and Asian studies in the Department of Modern Languages, received a $33,000 grant from the prestigious Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission for her project “Between Cool and 3-11: Discovering Contemporary Japan through Service Learning and Civic Engagement.” The grant supports the three-week May term study abroad trip to Japan, reducing the cost for participating students who will take part in service learning projects with the indigenous peoples and those affected by the 2011 tsunami in the North-East.
Bhattacharya also presented the paper, “Mandalas: A Kakure Hindu Symbol in Japan,” at the 46th-Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Association for Asian Studies conference on Mobility, Technology and the Environment in Asia held Oct. 6-8 at Drexel University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Nobuaki Takahashi, associate professor of Japanese and Asian studies, was invited in June, by Kanda University of International Studies in Chiba, Japan, to speak about his career. The speech preceded a meeting with Kanda University’s current president and the offices of admissions, public relations and study abroad for a possible partnership with Elizabethtown College.
Nobuaki Takahashi, associate professor of Japanese and Asian Studies, presented “Using Four-Frame Comic Strip for Discussion for Peace: Focusing on the Intermediate Level Oral Production” at the 23rd Princeton University Japanese Pedagogy Forum on May 13, 2017. The presentation was published in the proceedings.
Emily Wieder, French and history major, participated in the Undergraduate Conference in The Modern Languages March 30 and 31, “Migrations of Cultures,” at the University of Pittsburgh. She presented her paper “Acculturation in the Twentieth Century Francophone Classroom”.
Nobuaki Takahashi, associate professor of Japanese and Asian Studies, presented “Using digital storytelling as an assessment tool for intercultural competence after study abroad” on March 16 at the 2017 American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) spring conference in Toronto, Canada.
Charla Lorenzen, associate professor of modern languages, was selected to review proposals for presentations on foreign language teacher development at the 2017 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages national conference.
Nobuaki Takahashi, associate professor of Japanese and Asian studies, will give a talk on “Traditional Performing Arts and Instruments of Japan” at Millersville University Sunday, Jan. 29. This talk is a pre-show talk for a traditional Japanese drum (taiko) performance by Taikoza.
Mark Harman, professor of English and modern languages, published a review-essay on the eminent Irish-language writer Máirtín Ó Cadhain and two radically different translations of his novel, Cré na Cille, in the Los Angeles Review of Books. The essay draws on a paper Harman presented at the 2016 national meeting of the American Conference on Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame.