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intro pic(In Other Words) is the result of a remarkable experiment the writer and Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri undertook in 2012 when she moved herself and her family to Italy. She not only left behind America but with it the English language, which had given her fame and numerous prizes for her works of fiction. For three years she immersed herself in the Italian language and wrote the book In Altre Parole. This book and the story behind it is the subject of today's CHAT Translation Lecture. Lahiri will read from her work and reflect on questions of translation, belonging, language, and culture. This event will take place in the Walk Auditorium at Ritter Hall at 4 pm this afternoon. For more information see here.

Then on Thursday CHAT will hold its last Professional Development Workshop of the academic year. Temple University Press editors Mary Rose Muccie and Aaron Javsicas as well as Temple University Library Publishing Specialist Annie Johnson will give advice about how to find a publisher for your Dissertation. This event should be of special interest to PhD students and early career faculty. It will take place in the CHAT lounge at 12:30 pm. For more information see here.



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Spring 2017

  May 5   Interdisciplinary Research Groups


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Translation Lecture Series

Speaker portraitJhumpa Lahiri, Creative Writing, Princeton University

An Afternoon with Jhumpa Lahiri

Monday, April 24
4:00-5:30 pm, Walk Auditorium

Jhumpa Lahiri will read from her first non-fiction book, In Altre Parole/In Other Words, which was published in Italy in 2015 and in the United States in 2016, followed by a conversation about translation, the relationship between language and belonging, and the simultaneous experience of limits and freedom that emerges when expressing yourself in a new language.

Jhumpa Lahiri is the author of two novels, and two collections of short stories, one of which, Interpreter of Maladies' (1999), won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2000. In 2015 she published her first non-fiction work In Altre Parole. It was translated and published in English in 2016. In 2015 Lahiri was awarded the prestigious National Humanities Medal by the NEH at the White House. Lahiri has also won the PEN/Hemingway Award, an O. Henry Prize (for the short story "Interpreter of Maladies"), the Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Vallombrosa Von Rezzori Prize and the Asian American Literary Award. In 2002 Lahiri held a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 2006. In September 2015 she joined the Lewis Center for the Art's Program in Creative Writing faculty at Princeton University as Professor of Creative Writing.

CHAT would like thank the following colleges, departments, and programs for co-sponsoring this event: the College of Liberal Arts, Intellectual Heritage, Global Studies, History, Cenfad, Creative Writing, Honors, English, and FGIS.


Professional Development Workshop

Mary Rose Muccie, Temple University
Aaron javiscas, Temple University Speaker portrait
Annie K. Johnson, Temple University

Publishing Your Dissertation

Thursday, April 27
12:30–2:00 pm, CHAT Lounge

Are you hoping to turn your dissertation into a book? This workshop will discuss some of the issues you should consider before you try to publish your dissertation. We will also offer practical tips and advice for getting published by a university press. Participants will gain a solid understanding of copyright, open access, and embargoes. They will also learn how to write a compelling book proposal, how to approach a publisher, and how to avoid common first-book mistakes.

Speaker portraitMary Rose Muccie is the Executive Director of Temple University Press and the Scholarly Communications Officer at Temple Libraries. Before coming to Temple, she worked for JSTOR and Project Muse.


Speaker portraitAaron Javsicas is the Editor-in-Chief of Temple University Press. He acquires books in urban studies, political science, and the Philadelphia region.


Speaker portraitAnnie Johnson is the Library Publishing and Scholarly Communications Specialist at Temple Libraries. She holds a PhD in history from the University of Southern California.





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