Advanced Spanish-English and English-Spanish Translation

Exploration of theories of translation utilizing texts exemplifying key cultural topics and linguistic concerns. Students will practice translation from Spanish to English and English to Spanish applying translation principles and negotiating translation of cultural references. Products created individually or in collaboration include ads, poems, newspaper articles and editorials, subtitles and dubbing for film clips, a pamphlet, phone recording, or web page as a community project, and a blog reflecting on the translation process wherein students may apply theoretical readings.

Medical Ethics, Aging, and End of Life Care in the US

Study of medical ethics, policy, clinical, and personal issues in working with dying and bereaved people. Focuses on diverse populations in ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic status, education, sexual orientation, and more. Various models for providing care to the dying and bereaved. Visits from Hospice practitioners and doctors, field trips to funeral home and to Duke Hospice where the professor is a social worker.

Advanced Chinese II

Continuation of Chinese 305. Designed for Chinese as a foreign/second language. Builds knowledge of more sophisticated linguistic forms and learning to differentiate between different types of written and spoken discourse. Development of writing skills in selected formats and genres while continuing to develop correct use of speech patterns and vocabulary and cross-cultural understanding. Content drawn from newspaper articles, essays, and other readings concerning social and cultural issues in contemporary Chinese society. Prerequisite: Chinese 305 or equivalent.

The Great American Musical

Broad-based examination of 20th-century musicals from origins in minstrel shows, to the evolution of the book musical comedies of the golden age of Broadway, to Hollywood movie musicals, and contemporary re-invention today. Lectures, screenings, and discussions will explore the musical from perspectives on its history, its fundamental generic characteristics, and its emphasis on assimilating ethnic, philosophic and religious differences into a community.

Language in Immigrant America

Discussion of issues of language in the context of immigration in the United States, from the turn of the 20th century until the present, combining approaches from literature, memoirs, language policy, media studies, and linguistic anthropology. Some fieldwork in an immigrant community. Topics include: identity, assimilation, race, bilingual communities, bilingual education, foreign accents, language contact.