It takes a village (of scholars) to raise a new scholar. At least, that’s the ethos behind the Third Annual Literatures and Linguistics Undergraduate Colloquium, taking place Saturday, March 31, 2012, at Gordon. The collaboration between the English department and the Department of Languages and Linguistics includes English professors Andrea Frankwitz and Andrew Logemann, and Gregor Thuswaldner, Moises Park and Emmanuelle Vanborre from the Languages and Linguistics committee. The goal? To encourage greater opportunities for young scholars to present their work and research.

In the fall, the professors invited submissions from undergraduate students from all colleges and universities to submit 8-10 page papers in English dealing with any linguistic or literary topic. Students were to provide a 100-200 word summary (abstract) of their essay in addition to a completed paper. Presentations were not to exceed 20 minutes.

The result are talks ranging in issues from language and gender to culture and anarchy, with titles such as, “A Language Learner’s Difficulty Understanding Humor Across Language and Culture”; “Parody in Austen’s Northanger Abbey”; “Shakespeare vs. Petrarch”; and “The Role of the Racial Other in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights.” The day will conclude with a featured address by Richard F. Thomas, the George Martin Lane Professor of Classics at Harvard University. Dr. Thomas’ teaching and research interests are focused on Hellenistic Greek and Roman literature, intertextuality, translation and translation theory, the reception of classical literature in all periods, and the works of Bob Dylan.