Du Laoshi Receives Digital Liberal Arts Fellowship Award

Associate Professor Hang Du has won one of the first Digital Liberal Arts (DLA) Fellowships awarded by Middlebury College for her 2014-2015 sabbatical year. She will work on two main projects: a corpus linguistics study of how Chinese speakers in different Chinese-speaking communities use the ba-construction in both speaking and writing, using large digital databases; and qualitative analyses of study abroad data that she has collected over the past six years using digital tools such as NVivo. She will also actively participate in various activities in the DLA initiative, and will give at least one public presentation to share her research with the College community.

2013-2014 Gregory Kuei-Ke Chiang Award


Hyeon-Seok Yu is the winner of the 2013-2014 Gregory Kuei-Ke Chiang Award in Chinese Language, given annually to the student entering his or her junior or senior year, in any academic major, whose performance in Chinese language study at Middlebury during the academic year is judged especially worthy of distinction. Hyeon-Seok (Tom) is an Economics major with a Chinese and Political Science double minor. He will study at the C. V. Starr Middlebury School in China, Beijing in Spring 2015.

2014 Timothy Loring Prize


Mary Katherine Behan is the winner of the 2014 Timothy Loring Prize in Chinese Language and Culture for her Chinese major senior thesis, “Experiencing Isolation: An Understanding of Can Xue’s Short Fiction.” The Loring Prize is awarded annually to a graduating senior whose senior thesis or senior project, in the judgment of the Chinese Dept faculty, best exemplifies excellence and scholarly promise in the study of Chinese culture including Chinese literature, film, art, language, or other media, and who has excelled in utilizing Chinese language sources. Mary will spend the next year in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China working for AIC Education as an adviser to Chinese young people planning to apply for admission to US colleges and universities.

The Chinese Department thanks the Loring Family and Middlebury College Chinese language programs alumni for making these prizes possible.


Xu Laoshi to Present Paper in the Netherlands

Wei He Xu will present a paper at the 26th International Society of Humor Studies (ISHS) conference at Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands. This conference will be held from 7th to 11th July 2014. The title of his paper is: “What Did Aristotle Insist on Humor Being Proper for? – an inferable but perhaps improper reading.”