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Welcome to World Languages and Literatures!

PLEASE NOTE — Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the University of Memphis has moved nearly entirely to remote classes for the start of Fall semester. All of our Department's courses for Fall 2020 will be offered remotely until further notice. All in-person meetings have also been canceled or moved online.

Any updates will be posted here as information becomes available. For more information about the university's response, please visit these pages: Coronavirus updates, Campus CommunicationsUM Tech's Keep Learning page, and Resources for Students (helpline, application for emergency funds, etc.).


Dr. Hironori Nishi, Assistant Professor of Japanese, has received the Michael K. Harless Faculty Excellence Award, which recognizes a tenure-track faculty member within the College of Arts & Sciences who has made outstanding contributions in teaching, scholarship, service and community outreach. Awardees must be in the first five years of a tenure-track position and not yet achieved tenure.

Nominations are made by the college chairs and faculty. A committee is appointed by the dean and the selection of the recipient is coordinated by the dean's office. The award consists of a plaque and a generous monetary payment.

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