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April 20, 2018

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Friday, April 20, 2018

End Day
End Time 5:30 AM
Rhythms of the Indian Ocean: New Translations from Madagascar & Mauritius (Multi-Day Event)

The School of the Arts and the Humanities, the Department of Languages and Literatures, and the Department of African and African-American Studies at Lehman College invite you to a roundtable discussion with

Allison M. Charette & Jeffrey Zuckerman

led by Lehman professors

Sarah Soanirina Ohmer (LALPRS and AAS)

Thomas C. Spear (Languages & Literatures)

Thursday, April 19, at 3:30 p.m., in Carman Hall, Multimedia Center, Studio C-36

Allison M. Charette's translations from French include The Last Love of George Sand by Evelyne Bloch-Dano and Return to Erfurt by Olga Tarcali. Her translation of Naivo's novel, Beyond the Rice Fields was released in 2017, the first Malagasy novel to appear in English. Recipient of a 2018 NEA Literary Translation Fellowship, she is currently translating the novel Lalana (The Path) by Michèle Rakotoson. She will soon return to Madagascar, hoping to learn Malagasy in her crusade to introduce literature from Madagascar to English readers.


Jeffrey Zuckerman is a translator from the French of writers ranging from Antoine Volodine and Jean-Jacques Schuhl to Marie Darrieussecq and Jean-Michel Basquiat. A graduate of Yale University, he has contributed to The New Republic, The Paris Review Daily, The White Review, and VICE, and he is a recipient of a PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant for his ongoing work on the complete stories of Hervé Guibert. From Mauritius, his translations include Ananda Devi's Eve Out of Her Ruins and the forthcoming The Living Days, as well as shorter texts by Carl de Souza and Amal Sewtohul.


Professor Ohmer's research focuses particularly on the intersection of gender, race and trauma in contemporary literature by Black women from Cuba, Brazil, and the U.S. Franco-Malagasy, she studied 21st century Black women writers in Sao Paulo, Brazil as a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in 2015.


Professor Spear is a specialist of autobiography and teaches literature from the French-speaking world, including Québec, Haïti, and the islands (including those of the Indian Ocean) featured on Île en île, an archive of which he has been the principal editor for 20 years:


A post-lecture discussion and reception will be hosted by the Francophone Club of Lehman at 5:30 p.m.

8:00 AM - 4:45 PM Information Technology Center
8:00 AM - 4:45 PM Information Technology Center
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Open Fridays at the ACE
Drop by the ACE computer lab in Old Gym Building, Room 205 to work on your paper and receive feedback from a tutor. No registration required.
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Spring Dance Concert
A showcase of new choreography by dance majors and guest artists.
Speech and Theatre Building - (Lovinger Theatre)

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