Organizers intend the symposium for people who use translation in community work where language barriers exist and for those interested in current research and in translation’s role in culture, history, religion and language studies.

            The interdisciplinary event, sponsored by UofL’s Liberal Studies Project, will run 1 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 and 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 17 in several Belknap Campus buildings and at the Cressman Center for Visual Arts, 100 E. Main St.

New York University professor and former Modern Languages Association president Mary Louise Pratt will give a keynote talk about innovative ways translation is studied within the humanities. Her session begins at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in 139 Shumaker Research Building.

The Oct. 17 luncheon keynote speaker will be translator Esther Allen, a City University of New York’s Baruch College professor who will discuss the work of humanist Michael Henry Heim, translator of more than 60 books. That 12:30 p.m. event will be in the University Club.

            Beyond talks and panel discussions, the symposium also features a 6:15 p.m. Oct. 16 Cressman Center for Visual Arts reception and gallery talk featuring “Deep Ecology: New Work by Ying Kit Chan,” the UofL fine arts department chair, and a 6:15 p.m. Oct. 17 poetry reading by Kiki Petrosino, UofL’s creative writing program director, in 139 Shumaker Research Building.

Symposium registration is $25 for the general public and includes the Oct. 17 lunch. Registration is required by Oct. 13 as seating is limited; UofL students and faculty may attend free if they register by Oct. 13.  To register, go to

Other conference sponsors include the university provost; the College of Arts and Sciences’ dean’s office; Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society; classical and modern languages, history and fine arts departments; humanities, Jewish studies and Latin American and Latino studies programs; the graduate certificate in translation and humanities doctoral program.

For more information, contact Simona Bertacco at 502-468-3302 or

Judy Hughes
Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.