Spring 2018 Issue

elcome to the spring 2018 issue of Global Voices! In this issue, we have focused on graduation, our graduating seniors, and their many accomplishments. From Russian folk music to Japanese video culture, from Fulbrights in Germany and Austria to an internship in Bosnia & Hercegovina, graduate school admissions from the University of London and Indiana University, our seniors have taken the very best of what W&M has to offer and made it their own, transforming years of learning, mentoring, research into real-life experiences and practices.

The class of 2018 shows us how diverse, multi-faceted and talented our graduating seniors have become, and how much they now have to offer. Their travels and experiences have enriched their understanding of the globalized world we now live in; their proficiency in language enables them to communicate and participate in complex conversations and negotiations. They are able to translate, mediate, and process nuances and respond thoughtfully, knowledgeably, and with confidence. Modern Languages is very proud to present several of these seniors’ stories as features, and we also present profiles on each and every one of the MLL graduating seniors as well. As we say goodbye to our graduating seniors, we asked them to reflect upon their time with us at the College.  A special section of this issue is devoted to them, the Class of 2018 ! We congratulate you!

Front Page In addition to graduation and our graduating seniors. we also include in this issue some faculty profiles: Stephen Sheehi (Arabic Studies) and Michael Leruth (French and Francophone Studies) have both received the prestigious Plumeri Award for faculty excellence in teaching, research, and service. John “Rio” Riofrio (Hispanic Studies) has received the A&S award for faculty governance and service. Stephen Sheehi has received the A&S Award for teaching. Nathan Rabalais (French and Francophone Studies) published a book of original poetry. Brett Brehm talks with Nathan about the book.

Jonathan and Silvia Finally, we also cover the retirement of two of the most inspiring faculty members of MLL of the last decades. After almost 25 years of pioneering research, teaching and service, Jonathan Arries (Hispanic Studies) is moving on to write and live his next chapter. Always ready with a word of encouragement, tirelessly mentoring students and challenging them to achieve their very best, innovating service teaching and learning, and with a record of service to the University that is exemplary, Jonathan will be sorely missed in Washington Hall. We wish him the very best.

Fauvel Maryse Fauvel (French and Francophone Studies) also retires this year. Maryse was a fearless advocate for MLL faculty when she served as Chair of the Department 2013-2016, published cutting-edge scholarship, and challenged her students by teaching innovative courses. She is the author of “ Exposer l’autre”. Essai sur la Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration et le Musée du quai Branly (2014),  A vous de voir ! De l’idée au projet filmique (2010), and Scènes d’intérieur: Six romanciers des années 1980-1990 (2007). Her radiant presence, her leadership, her ability to listen, and her mentoring and support of younger faculty remain legendary. We will miss you, Maryse!

We hope you enjoy this issue of Global Voices, and wish everyone a wonderful summer. As always, we would love to know how and what you are doing!  Send us your news, stories, and updates here !

Rob Leventhal, Associate Professor of German Studies, Chair of the Web Committee, and Editor of Global Voices

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