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Scholarship opportunity: Early Excellence in CompLit Award

The Early Excellence in CompLit Award is a scholarship designed to encourage undeclared students in the Liberal Arts who have displayed a depth of interest in Comparative Literature and have excelled in at least 2 CMLIT classes to declare and complete the major. Comparative Literature is often a concurrent major with majors in the languages, so the award is given in the spring of the sophomore year to aid students in the development of research and/or language skills.  

Awardees traveling for research or the pursuit of language skills over the summer, generally through study abroad or intensive summer language courses elsewhere, may use the funds (ranging up to $3,000) to help subsidize their endeavors.

Eligible students should submit a letter of interest (including a list of CMLIT courses they have taken, and a list of the CMLIT courses they would like to take to complete the major) and a resume to the Director of Undergraduate Studies by April 30.

Comparative Literature welcomes new assistant professor, Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra

Comparative Literature welcomes new assistant professor,  Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra

Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra

The department is thrilled to announce that as of Fall 2015 we will be joined by Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra. Professor Armillas-Tiseyra works on African and Latin American literatures. Her current book project is a comparative study of novels about dictators in the post-independence literatures of Africa and Latin America, focusing on the intersections of literature and politics across historical and geographic contexts. Professor Armillas-Tiseyra will contribute to the department's existing strenghts in both Latin American and African literatures (she's our fourth Latin Americanist, and fourth Africanist), and expand more broadly our interest in such topics as postcolonial studies, the aesthetics of globalization, and South-South comparison.

Philip Mosley, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Penn State Worthington Scranton, named 2015 distinguished professor

1/15/2015 — Dr. Philip Mosley has been named distinguished professor of English and comparative literature at Penn State Worthington Scranton. A member of the PSWS faculty for over 26 years, he is the first faculty member at the campus to receive this honor. More at

STARTALK grant renewed for Penn State Summer Arabic Academy

The STARTALK Arabic Academy at University Park is an innovative program of intensive summer study especially designed for highly motivated students (college and high school) who wish to gain introductory knowledge of the Arabic language and its people.

The STARTALK Arabic Academy offers scholarships for qualified students. These scholarships will be of particular interest to students who plan to study Arabic or Middle Eastern languages and cultures, or are interested in a career in government, law enforcement, or the military, among other fields. The STARTALK Arabic Academy is also a great opportunity for those who are simply interested in exploring the language and culture of some of the oldest and most important regions in the world.

The Center for Global Studies announces competition for FLAS Fellowships

Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships competition for Fall/Spring 2015-16 and Summer 2015 is open for undergraduate and graduate students in all fields of study to apply. Eligible languages are Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Russian.

FLAS Fellowships are authorized under Title VI of the Higher Education Act and are administered by the U.S. Department of Education. They assist undergraduate and graduate students in achieving competency in selected foreign languages and conducting research in related international and area studies. 

FLAS Fellowships are awarded annually. The CGS will award ten fellowships (five undergraduate, five graduate) for the Academic Year 2015-2016 and ten fellowships (five undergraduate, five graduate) for Summer 2015. Fellowships consist of an institutional payment and a subsistence allowance. All FLAS awards are contingent upon the university receiving annual fellowship funding from the U.S. Department of Education. 


Historic Burrowes Building to undergo major renovation

Burrowes Building, one of Penn State's landmark buildings on the Pattee Mall, is being renovated starting in February 2014. Read more here.

Penn State Marathon Reading

During this annual event, volunteers take turns reading over a 24-hour period. This year's theme is Banned Books and our selections are Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. For more information please see the Marathon Reading page!

Faculty Search Launched for Advanced Assistant/Associate Professor of Comparative Literature

The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Comparative Literature, at the rank of advanced assistant or associate professor, with a specialization in globalization or global studies. Area of interest and geographical field are open, though we have a strong preference for candidates working outside East Asia. Candidates should have a significant research record and be able to contribute to the department’s Ph.D. program in Comparative Literature. We are also looking for candidates who can contribute significantly to the department’s Global Studies undergraduate major, which introduces students to humanistic and social scientific methods for approaching globalization and global problems, including human rights, wealth and inequality, culture and identity, health and environment, and global conflict. Starting date: August 2015 preferred. Requirements: Ph.D. in Comparative Literature or related field; appropriate teaching experience; relevant record of publication and ongoing research potential.

Screening of applications will begin November 1, 2014, although all applications will be considered until the search is concluded. To apply, upload a letter of application, CV, and the names of three references electronically at Visit our program website at

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Zhe Geng named 2014 Comparative Literature Department Student Marshal

Congratulations to Zhe Geng, who is the 2014 Student Marshal for the Department of Comparative Literature. Zhe is the daughter of Xuecang Geng and Ruiju Zhang of State College, Pennsylvania. A Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Scholar, she is graduating with degrees in English and Comparative Literature, and minors in Physics, French, and Violin Performance. Zhe completed a study abroad experience in France and has served as a research assistant to professors in Comparative Literature, French, and Physics. She served as a section violinist in the Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, the Willamsport Symphony, and the Nittany Valley Symphony, and is co-chair of the Schreyer Honors College Literary Committee. Zhe plans to pursue graduate studies after graduation.