Spotlight

2018 UCLA Comparative Literature Commencement

Published: June 27, 2018

The UCLA Department of Comparative Literature would like to congratulate all of our graduates of Class of 2018. The commencement ceremony featured faculty, students, their families and alumni. Professor of Comparative Literature and Italian Studies, Massimo Ciavolella, was given the opportunity to be the 2018 UCLA Humanities Commencement Speaker. We thank all of our students…

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Interview with David Macfadyen

Published: June 8, 2018

“We offer our grad students the very best opportunities to develop as teachers…” In this video interview, Professor David Macfadyen, Department Chair and Professor of Comparative Literature, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and 2018 Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient, answers questions such as: What courses do you teach? What information could you offer to prospective graduate students?…

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Interview with Stephanie Bosch Santana

Published: May 15, 2018

Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature   What classes do you teach here at UCLA? I teach classes on African Literature in Comparative Contexts, where we look at various literary traditions within Africa and compare them. Kenyan literature with South African and Nigerian literature, to give just a few examples, but we also look beyond the…

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Graduate Student Writing Retreat

Published: May 14, 2018

On a cloudy spring Saturday, a handful of UCLA’s Comparative Literature graduate students participated in a getaway writing retreat. The event was hosted at the home of Jason Araujo, in an oasis perched atop the secluded mountains of Topanga Canyon. Everyone dedicated the day to significant progress on their academic writing for degree-related work (i.e., a…

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Humanists@Work: May 2018 Berkeley

Published: May 9, 2018

Top: Comparative Literature graduate student Helga Zambrano engaging in thoughtful dialogue during the conference cocktail hour. Bottom: Conference Participants dialoguing about their future career opportunities.  REPORT: After four years of programming across the UC, a conference at the David Brower Center in Berkeley on April 30, 2018 marked the terminal gathering of UCHRI’s bi-annual Humanists@Work…

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Graduate Student Spotlight with Ben Ratskoff

Published: April 17, 2018

What is your area of research? My research is really at the intersections of black studies and Jewish studies. I’m interested in interrogating the broad, historical relationship between anti-Semitism and white supremacy by looking in particular at Nazism’s relationship to contemporaneous forms of French colonialism and American racism. In the past twenty years or so,…

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Congratulations to David MacFadyen, Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient

Published: April 13, 2018

Professor and Chair David MacFadyen has been selected as one of six recipients for the 2018 Distinguished Teaching Award for Senate Faculty. The Academic Senate Committee on Teaching further recognized his contributions to the advancement of knowledge at UCLA by bestowing on him the Eby Award for the Art of Teaching.  Distinguished Teaching Award recipients are selected…

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Interview with Helga Zambrano

Published: March 16, 2018

“I Have Been Able to Thrive…” In this video interview, Graduate Student Helga Zambrano, Doctoral Candidate & Teaching Fellow, answers questions such as:  What made you apply to UCLA’s graduate school? What is your research about? What opportunities from the department have you benefited from?

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Interview with Kenneth Reinhard

Published: March 16, 2018

“It’s a Great Place for People Who Want to Think and Be Excited by Amazing Ideas…” In this video interview, Professor Kenneth Reinhard, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of Graduate Studies, answers questions such as:  Are you a UCLA alumnus? If not, where are you from? What attracted you to UCLA’s Department of…

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Interview with Massimo Ciavolella

Published: February 28, 2018

“One of the best departments of Comparative Literature in North America…” In this video interview, Professor Massimo Ciavolella, Professor of Comparative Literature and Italian, Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and 2018 Commencement faculty speaker, answers questions such as:  Are you a UCLA alumnus? If not, where are you from? What attracted you to…

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