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Teaching Beyond Melancholy, Part 1: The Clichés of Reading in Translation

Posted on October 29, 2020

Christi Merrill teaching about "Translation Networks," University of Michigan, 2015.

This was not the situation I had expected last summer when I first proposed a mini course for graduate students called “Writing for Words Without Borders.” The course was to meet for five three-hour stretches on consecutive Wednesdays, starting March 18, 2020. As it turned out, this meant our first class would be held exactly a week after our university president announced that all of UM would switch to remote teaching for the rest of the winter term. I happened to hear his announcement on the radio as I was driving around Ann Arbor running before-the-sky-falls errands.

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Join Us for #TeaGlobally THIS Thursday the 29th @ 5 pm EDT: Empowering Students in the Covid Era

Posted on October 21, 2020

Farazeh Syed, Attire (cropped). 2016. A woman sits on a red sofa, rifle hanging on the wall behind her.

How can we build students' confidence in their own voices and global understandings -- especially in the middle of a pandemic? Words Without Borders invites you to discuss this and other questions at our next live-streaming meet-up: #TeaGlobally, Thursday October 29th at 5 pm Eastern.

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Why Teach Translation?

Posted on September 21, 2020

Students at a Shadow Heroes translation workshop.

Most students won’t grow up to become translators, so why should we teach translation? Gitanjali Patel and Jessie Spivey of Shadow Heroes, a UK-based organization that runs creative translation workshops for students, wrote an essay for Words Without Borders about the educational benefits of learning about translation.

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