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Fazia Aitel (2004) has begun a tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures at the University of Montana-Missoula. She teaches courses in Comparative Literature, 20th Century Francophone literature, Anglophone literature, postcolonial studies, and film studies.

David A. Auerbach (1993) is Associate Professor in the Graduate Program in Translation at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. He is a member of the American Association of Art Editors. His published translations are included in Brazil: Body and Soul (Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York, 2001); The Aztec Empire (Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York 2004); The Colonial Andes, Tapestries and Silverwork, 1530-1830 (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2004); Issues in the Conservation of Paintings (Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, 2005).; The Indigenous Cultures of Puerto Rico (Publications of the Museum of History, Anthropology and Art of the University of Puerto Rico, 2006); The Arts in Latin America 1492-1820 (Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, October 2006); Taínos: Ceremonial Objects (Publications of the Museum of History, Anthropology and Art of the University of Puerto Rico, 2007); The Art and Architecture of Persia (Abbeville Press, New York, 2007), and Darcy Lange: Study of an Artist at Work (Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, U.K./ Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand, 2009).

Elizabeth Augspach (2004) has published The Garden as Woman's Space in 12th and 13th Century Literature. Studies in Medieval Literature 27 (Lewiston, NY: Ewin Mellen Press, 2004). The book was based on her dissertation.

Philip Beitchman (1986) has published The View from Nowhere: Essays in Literature, Mysticism and Philosophy. (University Press of America: Lanham, MD and Oxford, UK, 2001).

Francesco Bonavita (1980) is a professor in the Department of Instruction and Educational Leadership at Kean University (Union, NJ). At the ACTFL Convention in November 2003 he presented a paper, "Primo Levi: Hope amidst Hopelessness." His textbook, Giardino italiano, An Intermediate Language Immersion Program in Italian, has been published by Bastos (2004).

Monica Calabritto (2001) is an Assistant Professor of Italian at Hunter College, CUNY. She made two presentations at the Annual Conference of the Renaissance Society of America (April 2004): "Emblems/Impresse" and "Exploring the Archives." She was awarded an I Tatti Fellowship at the Harvard University's center for research in Renaissance studies; the fellowship provides residence in Florence, Italy, during the 2004-05 academic year.

Robert Cowan (2006) is Associate Professor of English at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY, specializing in post-Enlightenment French and German intellectual history, in particular the German Orientalism of South Asia and the ethics of Counter-Enlightenment thought. His first book, The Indo-German Identification: Reconciling South Asian Origins and European Destinies, 1765-1885 (Camden House, 2010) was nominated for the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst/German Studies Association Book Prize and his scholarly work has appeared in Clio, The Comparatist, The German Quarterly, German Studies Review, and Monatshefte für deutschsprachige Literatur und Kultur, among other publications. His novel manuscript, Sense Will Pass Away, is under review at several presses and his poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction has appeared in journals such as Bayou, Mayday, Skidrow Penthouse, and Word Riot. Prof. Cowan also writes about education for publications like The Chronicle of Higher Education and Commonweal. He is currently working on a new scholarly book tentatively entitled Negative Ethics: Lessons from the Late Counter-Enlightenment, a fiction and poetry manuscript called 1985: Speculative Memoirs, and a second novel.

Giovanna DeLuca (2002) has begun a tenure-track appointment as an Assistant Professor of Italian at the College of Charleston (South Carolina). The position will also provide the opportunity for her to teach film studies.

Michael Demson (2009) has begun a tenure-track appointment asAssistant Professor in the Department of English at Sam Houston StateUniversity. He teaches courses on Romanticism and 19th centuryliterature and has published articles on Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Earl E. Fitz (1977) was very pleased to be honored with an Alumni Achievement Award from the Ph.D. Alumni Association at a Graduate Center reception in 2006. He enjoyed his visit and the opportunity to talk with Professor Aciman, Professor Coleman, and Professor Rabassa. Dr. Fitz is a professor of Portuguese, Spanish, and comparative literature at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, and former director of the Comparative Literature Program. His most recent book is Translation and the Rise of Inter-American Literature (co-authored with Elizabeth Lowe, also a CUNY Comparative Literature Ph.D.). The book is dedicated to and includes a chapter about CUNY Distinguished Professor Gregory Rabassa. The book has been named an outstanding academic title by Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. Another recent book by Dr. Fitz is Brazilian Narrative Traditions in a Comparative Context, published by the Modern Language Association as the first book in a new series called "World Literatures Reimagined". Dr. Fitz, who has BA and MA degrees from the University of Iowa, was honored as a University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Science Alumni Fellow in 2006. He and his family have also been recognized as volunteers of the year (2007) by Gilda's Club Nashville, a free community resource for anyone affected by cancer.

Adam Goldwyn received a B.A. in History with a concentration in the ancient and medieval Mediterranean from Pomona College, an M.A. in Ancient History from University College London and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the City University of New York. His dissertation was entitled "A Literary History of the Trojan War from Antiquity to the Middle Ages." He has taught classes in Classical (Greek and Roman), Medieval and Renaissance literature and all levels of English composition at Brooklyn College, the City College of New York, New York University and the University of New York in Tirana. He is currently a lecturer in the English Department at the the American University of Kosovo. He has presented over ten papers on ancient and medieval literature at academic conferences in the United States, Hungary, Italy and the UK. His article "Arthur in the East: Cross-Cultural Translations of Arthurian Romance in Greek and Hebrew, Including a New Translation of "The Old Knight" is forthcoming from "LATCH: A Journal for the Study of the Literary Artifact in Theory, Culture and History."

Anja Grothe (2000) works at Greenhouse, a multimedia publishing group in Munich, Germany, and is an adjunct lecturer at Bayreuth University. Her essay, "Fate's Circles: The Female Triangle and its Mythological Repercussions in Pushkin House," appeared in a web-based casebook, Andrei Bitov's "Pushkin House." Dalkey Archive Press, www.dalkeyarchive.org.

Heather Brown-Hudson began as Assistant Professor of French and English in the Fall of 2010 at Lindenwood University in St. Louis, Missouri. She developed a Gender Studies minor in 2012, and is now Chair of the Gender Studies Department. In 2014, she was promoted to Associate Professor. Her scholarly pursuits have taken her to conferences around the world to speak about maternal discourse and the notion of instinct in 19th and 20th century literature. She also has an M.A. in French language and literature from Middlebury College (2000). 

Thelma Jurgrau (1976) has published "Anti-Semitism as Revealed in George Sand's Letters" in Le Siecle de George Sand. Ed. David Powell. Amsterdam: Rodopl, 1998. She presented two papers: " 'Shylock moderne': A Study of George Sand's Jewish Characters" at the 14th International George Sand Conference (Brandeis U, April 1999) and "The Changing Image of the Jew and George Sand's Rejection of the Romantic Subject in Valvedre," George Sand Studies, 21 (2002). She delivered a paper, "Les Mississipiens: George Sand's Allegory of a Bleak New World," at Tulane University, November 2002. A founding member of the George Sand Association and a member of the editorial board of George Sand Studies, she was guest editor of vols. 18 (1999) and 19 (2000) of George Sand Studies. Her bibliography of "Translations of George Sand's Work in English" can be seen on the George Sandwebsite.

Henry Krawitz (1976) is a professional editor. He has recently edited books for ABC-CLIO, Columbia U Press, Dahesh Museum of Art, Indiana U Press, Johns Hopkins U Press, U Kansas Press, Oxford U Press, Princeton U Press, and U Wisconsin Press.

James Kugel (1977), Harry Starr Professor of Classical Modern Jewish and Hebrew Literature at Harvard University, won the Grawemeyer Award in Religion for 2001 for his book, The Bible As It Was: Biblical Traditions of Late Antiquity (Harvard U Press, 1997). In 2002 he was awarded the Graduate Center's first Distinguished Alumni Award.

Maria Makowiecka (1996) presented two papers: "Rewriting Esther/Reinscribing Jewish Otherness" AATSEEL, New Orleans, December 2001, and "Rewriting Central European Identities -- Maria Nurowska's German Dance," SCMLA, Tulsa, November 2001. She prepared these presentations during her appointment to the New York Public Library's Wertheim Study.

Jay Miskowiec (1991), Director of Aliform Publishing Co., was one of 10 editors specializing in Latin American literature in translation chosen worldwide to attend a week-long symposium in Buenos Aires, Fundación Teoría y Practica de las Artes. He has edited and published two translations by his former dissertation supervisor Gregory Rabassa: My Kingdom Is Not of This World, by the Portuguese writer Joao de Melo, and Jail, by the Colombian writer Jesus Zarate.

Drew Moore (2010) has taught in the Classics Department at Brooklyn College—CUNY, and in the Department of English and Philosophy at the United States Military Academy, West Point. He is working on Caught in the Crossfire, the first English translation of St. John de Crèvecoeur's New York City prison letters. He is also a writer, filmmaker and actor. He recently published "Why Genealogy?" (Fortnightly Review), which illuminates the challenges and rewards of searching for one's ancestors. His short film and companion essay, "A Neighborhood Reborn: Life in Lower Manhattan 10 Years After 9/11," are featured in the Artists Registry at the National September 11 Memorial Museum.

Rose Anna Mueller (1977) has published "Antonia Pulci (1452-1501)" in Catholic Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook. ed. Mary R. Reichardt, Greenwood Press, 2001. Her article "From Cult to Comics: The Representation of Gonzalo Guerrero as a Cultural Hero in Mexican Popular Culture" appeared in A Twice-Told Tale: Reinventing the Encounter in Iberian/Iberian American Literature and Film, ed. Santiago Juan-Navarro, U of Delaware Press, 2001. Another article of hers, "La Llorona, The Weeping Woman: The Sixth Portent, the Third Legend," was published in COMMUNITY COLLEGE HUMANITIES REVIEW, 2001. She presented a paper at the Latin American Studies Association Conference in Washington, D.C., September 2001, "Petra's Kingdom: The Cellar of the House on the Lagoon."

Elizabeth Pallitto (2002) was a postdoctoral fellow at the CUNY Honors College program (College of Staten Island, CUNY). Among her recent lectures are "Philomela's Tongue: Translating Petrarchism in a Female Voice," Biennial Conference on Literary Translation, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ; "Embodied Souls, Immortal Poems: Procreation and Artistic Creation in the Rime of Tullia d'Aragona and the Sonnets of William Shakespeare," Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies Conference, UC Irvine; "Machiavelli: Beyond Might Makes Right," Stern School of Business, New York University. She co-chaired a workshop, "The Dialogue as Structure and Strategy in Court and Convent Attending to Early Modern Women," at the Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies, U of Maryland, College Park, MD. She has published translations: four poems by Tullia d'Aragona, Forum Italicum, 36, 1 (Spring 2002); eleven philosophical madrigals by Tommaso Campanella, Philosophical Forum (Fall 2002). She delivered a paper at the Annual Conference of the Renaissance Society of America (April 2004): "Early Modern Italian Women Reading."

Karen Pinkus (1990) is Professor of French, Italian, and Comparative Literature and chair of the Department of French and Italian at the University of Southern California. She published The Montesi Scandal. The Death of Wilma Montesi and the Birth of the Paparazzi in Fellini's Rome (U Chicago Press 2003). She also gave the keynote speech in London at the Association for the Study of Modern Italy.

A book by Johanna C. Prins (1987) Medieval Dutch Drama: Four Secular Plays and Four Farces from the Van Hulthem Manuscript, was published by Pegasus Press (Asheville, NC). It is volume 3 in the series, Early European Drama in Translation.

Remy Roussetzki (1999) is an Assistant Professor of English at Hostos Community College, CUNY; he has recently been appointed to the faculty of the Graduate Center's Ph.D. Program in French. His article, "When Eve Answers Back: The Impossible of Paradise Lost," was published in Zeitspruenge, Zentrum zur Erforschung der Fruehen Neuzeit (Johann Wolfgant Goethe Universitaet, Frankfurt). He presented a paper on Milton's Paradise Lost, "Cuando Eva Dija 'No' a Dios y al Demonio," at the Jornadas da Escola de Causa Analitica (Rio De Janeiro) and an article on Rabelais, "Visual Grotesque and Denial of Castration," at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference (Cleveland).

Caroline Rupprecht (1999 PhD), Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Queens, is the author of SUBJECT TO DELUSIONS: NARCISSISM, MODERNISM, GENDER (Northwestern UP, 2006); and DARK SPRING BY UNICA ZUERN (Exact Change, 2000). She has published many articles on 20th century German and French literature and film; and is currently writing about Japanese-German writer Yoko Tawada. Her book manuscript, WOMB FANTASIES: SUBJECTIVE ARCHITECTURES IN POSTMODERN LITERATURE AND FILM, is under review at Northwestern UP. She has also taught German Modernism and Romanticism at the Graduate Center.

Deborah Sinnreich-Levi (1987) is an Associate Professor of English Literature and Director of the Writing Program at the Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, NJ). She has co-edited and translated Selected Poetry of Eustache Deschamps (New York: Routledge, 2003). She gave two invited lectures: "WIT-Word, Image, Text: A 14th Century Filter," Keynote address, Conference to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Master of Arts in English Literature, Mercy College, November 2003; "The King of the Uglies: Eustache Deschamps, 14th-Century Courtier-Poet," Wake Forest University Medieval Studies Group, March 2003. She received a major grant for a database of the poetry of Eustache Deschamps.

A book by Ekaterina Sukhanova (2001), Voicing the Distant: Shakespeare and Russian Modernist Poetry, was published by Fairleigh Dickinson U Press (2004). Her article, "Conscience Shaping Phenomena: Literature and Depression," has appeared (in a Spanish translation) in Vertex, Revista Argentina de Psiquiatría. XX/44 (June-July-August 2001). Her review of a book on authenticity and fiction in the Russian literary journey was published by American Book Review. 22/4, (May-June 2001). She presented two papers: "Depression as Text." Fifth World Conference on Depression. Mendoza, Argentina. September 2003; "Escaping the Badger Hole: Russian Modernists' Approach to Tradition." AAASS Mid-Atlantic Slavic Conference, Hunter College, New York, March 2003. She has edited a web-based casebook, Andrei Bitov's PUSHKIN HOUSE, Dalkey Archive Press, available at www.dalkeyarchive.com.

Christopher R. Trogan (2009) is Assistant Professor of Humanities atthe United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York andan Adjunct Lecturer at New York University's Gallatin School forIndividualized Study. He teaches comparative literature andphilosophy. In September 2009, he presented at "Aesthetics andModernity from Schiller to Marcuse," a conference sponsored by theInstitute of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of London. Heis currently at work on a book based on his dissertation, FreedomTurned Against Itself: Studies in the Literature of Suicide.

Saundra Tara Weiss holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is an Associate Professor of English at Kingsborough Community College, where she teaches developmental writing and a variety of literature courses. She also serves as the Associate Academic Director/ESL of the Reading and Writing Center and is the College Now ESL Coordinator. She is co-founder of Kingsborough's Annual Award Winning Eco-Festival. In 2004, she was a recipient of a Kingsborough Scholarly and Applied Research Grant. She has presented papers at the Modern Language Association, the International Society for Phenomenology, the Fine Arts and Aesthetics Annual Conference, and the International Society for Phenomenology and Literature. She has also presented papers at the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Conferences, where she also serves as Area Chair of Environment and Culture. In 2009, she co-authored a book chapter for International Students. She has been published in Teaching English in the Two-Year College, Phenomenological Inquiry (Aesthetics and Art), and The Mid-Atlantic Almanack. In the latter two journals, her pieces focus on environmental themes in images of the American landscape. Her paper Passion's Delirium, Passion's Torment – A Discussion of One Woman's Arousal in Kate Chopin's The Awakening will be published in a forthcoming volume of Analecta Husserliana. In 2009, she was invited to facilitate a program, Reading Between the Lines: Wasting Away: Contemporary Writing on the Environmental Crises, sponsored by The New York Council for the Humanities.