Dear MLL Friends –
elcome to the Spring 2019 issue of Global Voices, our Graduation Issue! On May 12th, we celebrated the class of 2019 at Matoaka Hall in the School of Education. Here you can order pictures from the event. Our graduates’ many accomplishments, and their plans for the future, are featured in the “Senior Profiles ’19” section of Global Voices!
In addition to our graduating seniors, we cover more exciting events from Washington Hall. Our foyer received a makeover this spring when two street artists from Reunion Island, Kid Kreol and Boogie, visited us to paint a ceiling mural and discuss the cultural and political context of their work. In April, MLL organized our very first Research Showcase. Professor Nathan Rabalais’ award-winning documentary, Finding Cajun, was screened at the W&M Global Film Festival. Students in Hispanic Studies have been engaged in archival research on recently de-classified records concerning the Argentinian Dictatorship. We’ve had many distinguished speakers come to our department and present on their research and their life experiences. These are just some of the many highlights you can read about in this issue.
In another momentous event in MLL’s history, we had to say farewell to two long-standing members of the department as they enter their well-earned retirement. Bruce Campbell, Professor of German Studies, and Yanfang Tang, Professor of Chinese Studies, are beginning their next chapter in life. Both have had a great impact on MLL and on W&M throughout their long tenure here, and their absence is being felt already. We had other reasons to celebrate our faculty this term: Calvin Hui received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor of Chinese Studies, and Bruce Campbell, Michael Leruth and Sasha Prokhorov were promoted to Full Professors of German Studies, French and Francophone Studies and Russian Studies, respectively. Silvia Tandeciarz, Professor of Hispanic Studies, won W&M’s 2019 Jefferson Award, and Jennifer Gully, Senior Lecturer of German Studies, received the Jefferson Teaching Award.
We hope you will enjoy this issue. Please check out the Updates from our Alumni, and consider sending us your story for us to post in the next issue!
Thank you to the Web Committee and to Blanca Tyler.
Senior Lecturer, German Studies
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