Monthly Archives: April 2017



The PEN World Voices Festival is coming up the first week of May, and a number of the panels on the program feature translation and translators. Here’s the lineup:

Tuesday, May 2:

Corrosive Power: translators Jennifer Hayashida, Julia Sanches, and Ellen Elias-Bursać join the poets they translate, Athena Farrokhzad (who’s Swedish and Iranian) and Noemi Jaffe (who’s Brazilian), to discus the borders of power, gender, language, place, and identity, examining where they intersect and diverge. This event is free. Poet’s House, 10 River Terrace, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 3:

Monkey Business: Japan/America Writers’ Dialogue: translators Motoyuki Shibata and Ted Goossen curate and moderate this conversation with Hiromi Ito, Hiroko Oyamada, Jamaica Kincaid, and Brian Evenson. Ticketed event. Asia Society, 725 Park Ave., 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.


Wednesday, May 3:

A Woman’s Place: In Food, Power, and Writing: Translator Allisson Markin Powell joins Mariana Enriquez, Chitrita Banerji, and Sonya Kharas (with Rohan Kamicheril moderating) to explore the dramas of culinary history, tradition, and the future of food. Free event, RSVP highly recommended. Archestratus Books + Foods, 160 Huron St., 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 4:

What’s Old is New: Gender and Power in Iliazd’s Neglected Rapture: Translator Thomas Kitson speaks with Jennifer Wilson about Iliazd’s novel about a bandit and his lover that offended both Russia’s revolutionaries and their opponents in the 1920s. Free event. NYU Jordan Center, 19 University Place, 5:00 p.m.

Also Thursday, May 4:

Kitchen Table Translation: Migration, Diaspora, Contexts: When the movement of texts is linked with the movement of bodies, language and culture collide with politics, history, race and imperialism – the very contexts of migration. Immigrant and diasporic translators connect personal, cultural, and political dimensions of translation to the technical and aesthetic aspects of their work. With Eiko Otake, Dagmawi Woubshet, and Amy Sara Carroll, moderated by Madhu Kaza. Free event. McNally Jackson, 52 Prince St., 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

Also Thursday, May 4:

Crises of Empathy: Translation and Migration. Migration and humanitarian crises as well as economic forces continue to disperse people around the globe. The resulting collisions of nation, language, and culture create narratives requiring interpretation and translation—forcing interpreters and translators to answer sociopolitical questions and navigate territory and testimony that goes well beyond the linguistic. Translator (and PEN Translation Committee Co-Chair) Allison Markin Powell speaks with translator Lina Mounter, joined by Jonathan Blitzer and Sahand Keshavarz Rahbar. Free event. McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince St., 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Friday, May 5:

Translation Slam.This is always a favorite PEN World Voices event among translation aficionados. With Greg Pardlo and Katrina Dodson facing off (translating  Noemi Jaffe), and Janine Beichuan challenging Keith Vincent (translating Hiromi Ito), hosted by translator Michael Moore. Ticketed event. Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 E. 3rd St., 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Also Friday, May 5:

Lit Crawl (free events):

A Most Exquisite Corpse: Four translator-author teams join to create a multilingual exquisite corpse (one person writes the first page of a story, the final line of that page is sent to the next writer, who continues the story, and so on). The team will include translators Sean Bye, Saskia Vogel, Elisabeth Jaquette, David Ball, and Nicole Ball, as well as writers Filip Springer, Francisco Cantú, Abdourahman Waberi, and Karolina Ramqvist. Free event. Court Street Grocers, 540 LaGuardia Place, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Translating Women’s Voices: Translators Tess Lewis, Susan Bernofsky, Kaiama L. Glover, and Katrine Øgaard Jensen read from their work, followed by a discussion on the importance of translating work by women, moderated by translator Alta L. Price. NYU Deutsches Haus, 42 Washington Mews, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Mysticism and Mastery in Middle Eastern Poetry: A conversation between translator Peter Cole and Brad Gooch on timeless and timely Middle Eastern poetry and mysticism. NYU Deutsches Haus, 42 Washington Mews, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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The Japanese-related Career Forum in the coming Fall 2017

Students with some degree of both Japanese and English language abilities are invited to come speak and interview with hiring companies for full-time and internship positions at this summer and fall’s Career Forums.

Positions are located worldwide. We encourage you to explore future options and make connections even if you have a few years left before graduation. Be proactive!

In the U.S.
Los Angeles Career Forum (Oct. 7 & 8)
*Approximately 30 hiring companies
*Scholarships available for students to help cover travel expenses
*Participant benefits just for LA

Boston Career Forum (Nov. 17 – 19)
Website available from mid-May
*Approximately 200 hiring companies
*Scholarships available for students to help cover travel expenses

In Japan
Tokyo Summer Career Forum (June 24 & 25)
*Approximately 250 hiring companies

Osaka Career Forum (June 17)
*Approximately 60 hiring companies

Career Forum for Exchange Students (July 27)
*Approximately 60 hiring companies

Full Career Forum schedule available here:

If you have questions about any of the Career Forums, please feel free to contact me at

We look forward to seeing you there!


Katie Yokota
DISCO International, Inc.

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A Public Lecture & Demonstration by Rankoh Fijima Apr 26, 2017 5:00PM

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Japanese Major? (CUNY B.A. Program)

I received the message from Dr. Kim J. Hartswick, the director of CUNY B.A. program. While we don’t offer a major, but several students have chosen Japanese-related subject as their majors. Take a look at their program. — CJ

With the coming to a close of another academic year, I want to take this opportunity to thank you again for assuming the responsibilities of mentoring our students, who are pursuing individualized and interdisciplinary degrees through CUNY BA.  We are always pleased, of course, to have returning mentors but it is particularly gratifying to see so many new mentors this past year.  I hope all of you have found these CUNY BA students to be disciplined, hard-working, talented, creative, and committed individuals.

We are always on the lookout for such students to enter the program.  So, if you have worked closely with other students, or have come across students in courses this year, who could benefit from pursuing their degrees through CUNY BA, please let them know that they can apply for Fall admission through August, and that we are offering information sessions in May (and possibly several others in June):

Also, we have a great video that you may be interested in viewing and telling students to look at, as well:

I hope the remainder of the semester goes well for everyone and that you all have great summer plans!

Hope to “see” you next academic year.

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Too Much Monkey Business?: Japanese Authors at Baruch College!

The Japanese Program at Baruch College welcomes two contemporary Japanese authors, along with the “usual suspects” from the “Monkey Business, International.” Please join us to celebrate the publication of Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan Vol.7.

Date: May 4th, 2017
Time: 12:40-2:05
Place: VC10-145 at Baruch College, CUNY

Featured Japanese Authors:

HIROMI ITŌ is one of the most important female voices in contemporary Japanese poetry. English translations include Killing Kanoko: Selected Poems by Hiromi Ito and Wild Grass on the Riverbank, both translated by Jeffrey Angles and published by Action Books.

HIROKO OYAMADA is one of Japan’s most promising young writers; she won the Akutagawa Prize in 2013. Her stories “Lost in the Zoo” and “Extra Innings” were translated by David Boyd and published in vol. 6 (2016) and vol. 7 (2017) of Monkey Business.

… and other Monkey Business gangs, including Motoyuki Shibata (“the” translator and literary critic), Roland Kelts ​(the author of Japanamerica)​, Ted Goossen  (professor of Japanese literature at York Univ.) and more!​

The event is free and open to all. All the guests are required to register by Tuesday May 2nd:

The venue is located in the The William and Anita Newman Vertical Campus: “B” on the map below.
Google Maps:

Contact: Prof. CJ Suzuki:


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Sakura Matsuri Saturday, April 29–Sunday, April 30, 2017 | 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Sakura Matsuri

Saturday, April 29–Sunday, April 30 | 10 a.m.–6 p.m.


This weekend, enjoy over 60 events and performances that celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. 

Taiko Drumming • Cosplay Fashion Show • Tea Ceremonies • J-Pop • Samurai Sword Fighting • Manga • Vintage Kimonos • Origami Demonstrations and More!


Advance ticket purchase is required. Members and children under 12 are free.

Visit for the complete schedule and helpful tips!

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Refer students interested in NYC teaching to the PAID Teaching Fellows opportunity

From: Wendy Heyman
Sent: Friday, April 07, 2017 3:42 PM
Subject: Refer students interested in NYC teaching to the PAID Teaching Fellows opportunity


Dear Baruch Arts & Sciences Faculty,


If you look at the below email you can see the websites for interested citizens to enter the teaching program in the NYC public schools.  I believe exceptional candidates are highly supported including paid graduate school.  Priority deadline is 4/12/17.  (which suggests to me that there are later deadlines too)



Wendy Heyman, PhD
Arts and Sciences Coordinator
Starr Career Development Center
(646) 312-4681

Baruch College
1 Bernard Baruch Way
(24th Street, between Lexington & third)
Vertical Campus
Rm 2-150
Box B2-150
New York City, New York 10010

Did you know that because of referrals from professors like yourself, NYC Teaching Fellows has provided New York City’s public schools with over 17,000 effective educators committed to providing a quality education to the underserved students of NYC? With your support we can continue this mission while helping your students find fulfilling careers after they’ve graduated.


NYC Teaching Fellows recruits and trains individuals to teach the NYC public school students that need them most. You can learn more about our mission and training here. Do you know high-achieving students who thrive off challenges and want to make a difference? Refer them to the NYC Teaching Fellows program today by providing their contact information here or simply forwarding this factsheet. Our priority deadline is April 12, 2017.


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Mizumura Minae at Columbia Univ.

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Godzilla Legend—Music of Akira Ifukube Friday, April 28, 7:30 PM represented by Japan Society

Calling all monster movie enthusiasts for an evening filled with your favorite marches, melodies, vibes and reverbs from Godzilla and other monster movies! Performed by Japan’s forever-young techno-pop band Hikashu and special guest musicians including the spunky sister duo Charan-Po-Rantan, this concert showcases the remarkable range of music composed by Akira Ifukube (1914—2006), who was known for creating some of the most memorable aural moments in cinematic history. A not-to-be-missed event that brings these menacing monsters to life through music!

Cash bar opens at 6 pmCome early to check out our spring exhibition A Third GenderFree admission on Fridays from 6—9 PM.

Buy Tickets 

We are offering $18 student tickets by calling the Box Office at (212) 715-1258 and showing ID upon pick-up. For any questions please do not hesitate to be in touch.

Lara Mones/ララ・モネス

Performing Arts Senior Program Officer

Japan Society

(212) 715-1220 //

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