FYI posts are brief announcements, reminders, updates, and shout-outs. They cover successes, happenings, and advances at the Graduate Center.

FYI posts are brief announcements, reminders, updates, and shout-outs. They cover successes, happenings, and advances at the Graduate Center.

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April 19, 2023

Congratulations to Wai Man Wong on receiving the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Summer Fellowship.

Congratulations to Psychology Ph.D. student Wai Man Wong (Clinical Psychology at Queens Training Area) for receiving the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Summer 2023 Fellowship.

April 19, 2023

Prof. Virginia Valian

Congratulations to Distinguished Professor Virginia Valian on her election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences!

This year’s election of new members to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences maintains a commitment to honoring excellence that began more than 240 years ago. In 1780, the Academy’s founders – including John Adams and John Hancock – envisioned an organization that would recognize accomplished individuals and engage them in addressing the greatest challenges facing the young nation. The first members elected to the Academy in 1781 included Benjamin Franklin and George Washington. Today, the Academy continues to be both an honorary society, electing new members from the non-profit, private, and public sectors, and an independent policy organization with initiatives in the arts, democracy, education, global affairs, and science. A total of 269 outstanding individuals have been elected to the Academy in 2023.


April 17, 2023


Students in the fall 2022 Field Methods class is presenting "Question Formation in Adara" at UConn's 54th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, June 12-14th, 2023.  
The student authors are: Josh Amaris, Emmanuel Bawa, Zhilang Liu, Aidan Malanoski, Margaret Matte, Olivia Mignone, Nhu-Anh Nguyen, Shane Quinn and Alaa Sharif

April 16, 2023

Alum Sooran Choi Directs Cross-Gender-Ethnic-Korean-Asian Studies Initiative

Alum Sooran Choi (Art History Ph.D. '18) has won a grant from the Black, Race and Ethnic Studies Initiative at CUNY to direct a Cross-Gender-Ethnic-Korean-Asian Studies Initiative at Brooklyn College, where she teaches in the Art Department.  As part of that initiative, she is running a symposium to foreground Korean studies while taking an intersectional approach to the subject.  The symposium will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, online.  More information can be found here.

April 14, 2023

Luisa Valle ('22) dissertation is honored

Luisa Valle who finished her dissertation in 2022, received an Honorable Mention from the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) for her dissertation "The Beehive, the Favela, the Castle, and the Ministry: Race and Modern Architecture in Rio de Janeiro, 1811 to 1945." Congrats to Luisa! All the LASA awards are listed here



April 4, 2023

Emmanuel Bawa

Emmanuel Bawa''s co-authored paper titled, Cross-linguistic influence in the mid vowels of Hausa/Ekhwa speakers was accepted for oral presentation at ICPhS 2023, August 7-11th, 2023.

April 3, 2023


The 51st Conference on New Ways of Analyzing Variation  
The conference theme of NWAV51 is “Variation in the World’s Languages”

NWAV is an annual academic conference on linguistic variation attracting researchers and students conducting scientific research into patterns of language variation, the study of language change in progress, and the interrelationship between language and society.

NWAV51 is hosted by Queens College (QC) and the Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society (RISLUS).

We encourage submissions addressing language contact, multilingualism, and variation in different domains across many languages, including those that have been understudied. Moreover, given the interdisciplinary nature of RISLUS, that goal also includes expanding the variationist enterprise methodologically and theoretically.  

Location:  Queens College/CUNY
Theme:  Variation in the World’s Languages
Date:  October 13-15, 2023

Call for AbstractsWe invite abstract submissions for papers and posters! Quantitative and qualitative work on variation in any linguistic domain is welcomed, especially submissions that align with the conference theme (Variation in the World’s Languages): variation in bi-multilingualism; cross-linguistic variation; variation in understudied languages.

Submission Deadline:  May 31, 2023

March 27, 2023


Amal Aissaoui (Ph.D. student) gave a talk at SYNC on "The syntactic status of non-restrictive relative clauses in Tunisian Arabic", on March 4th at Yale University. 

March 17, 2023

Ken Wissoker speaks at Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference

Ken Wissoker took part in the 2023 AAS Annual Conference spoke in Boston on March 17, 2023 as discussant in the roundtable entitled:  "Producing Knowledge on China and the Global South: A Multi-Stakeholder Reflection."