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Spring 2014 Undergraduate and Graduate Awards

pictured to the left is the awards undergraduate speaker, Alex Bloom, BA 2014

See the full list of Spring 2014 student award winners.



Interview with Mazen Naous

Among this year’s incoming faculty class is Mazen Naous, a specialist in postcolonial literature and theory, Arab American literature, music and literature, and classical and modernist Arabic literature. In addition to his Ph.D. from this department in 2007, he has an MA from UMass Boston and a BFA from the Boston Conservatory.

Read the full interview with Mazen Naous.


New Acquisitions at The Renaissance Center

The Renaissance Center has had the good fortune to obtain a number of important acquisitions--including a 1573 edition of Thomas More’s A Dialogue of Comfort Against Tribulation and a 1629 edition of Erasmus’ De conscribendis epistolis. More is well known for his writings as a humanist and philosopher such as Utopia, for his reign as Lord Chancellor for Henry VIII, for his opposition to England’s break from the Catholic Church and the King’s separation from Catharine of Aragon.

Read about the new acquisitions at The Renaissance Center.

Oxford Summer Seminar Homecoming Reunion

It started slowly. One person. Then two. Then suddenly, Bartlett Lobby buzzed with the noisy chatter of alumni of the Oxford Summer Seminar, who gathered during Homecoming Weekend on September 27 to reconnect and remember their summer abroad. Started by Professor Ernest Hofer back in 1966, the Oxford Seminar is the oldest running U.S. program in Oxford. It still sends 40-50 students to live and study in Trinity College for a six week-stint that most alumni still consider one of the most memorable of their lives.

Read about the Oxford Reunion.

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