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Translation Activity

Translation Close-Up

Founded in 2019, Translation Close-Up is an informal lecture series that offers a detailed look at what translators do and what makes translation possible. Faculty and students present their recent or ongoing translation projects. Community members interested in sharing their work are also welcome to submit a proposal by contacting Professor Regina Galasso. Meetings are usually held on Friday afternoons in September, October, November, February, March, and April. 

Spring 2021 Presenters

Noelle McManus, Linguistics, Spanish, and German student at UMass Amherst on her senior thesis project translating Estás muy callada hoy (2020) by Argentine writer Ana Navaja.

Jeff Diteman, PhD student in the Comparative Literature Program at UMass Amherst. His research focuses on figures of substitute motherhood in Latin American and Caribbean literature. 

Madeleine Cohen, academic director at the Yiddish Book Centerand PhD candidate in Comparative Literature with an emphasis in Jewish Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.


Spring 2019 Presenters

Rebecca Duke Wiesenberg, Translation Editor of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Corine Tachtiris, Assistant Professor of Translation Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, on her English translation Don't Whisper Too Much and Portrait of a Young Artiste by Bona Mbella

Velma García-Gorena, Professor of Government at Smith College, on her translated work of the Chilean poet and Nobel Laureate Gabriela Mistral