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ACH receives Translation Grant

The Association of Caribbean Historians has been committed to multi-lingual scholarly exchange since its inception, and in the spring of 2011, the ACH received a grant to expand this part of its mission. Beginning late this summer, a $2,000 research and professional development grant from Stockton University will support translation of the ACH website and the organization’s newsletter, the Bulletin, into both French and Spanish.

Currently most ACH announcements and publications appear in English only.  Many ACH members, however, do not speak English as their primary language; to broaden the organization’s international reach and encourage a more multi-lingual dialogue between members, this grant sought to translate the ACH’s chief communication tools into the two other dominant languages of the Atlantic world. 

The translation itself will be completed by advanced students at Stockton University, supervised by faculty in the Department of Languages and Culture. While this pilot grant only provides support for 2011-12, many elements of both the website and newsletter (such as calls for papers, publication and travel prize announcements, conference registration details, etc.) can be readily modified for subsequent years, so this work will reach far beyond the initial year of funding.

Translation work will begin in August, and the French and Spanish issue of the summer Bulletin should launch in October, while the winter issue should appear simultaneously in all three languages.

Work on the website will take place over several months, but is scheduled for completion by spring 2012.  We look forward to this opportunity to improve communication and intellectual exchange between our members, and welcome any input and suggestions.

Special thanks to:

Stockton University Languages and Culture faculty:  Arnaldo Cordero-Román, David King, Gorica Majstorovic, and Kory Olson.

Stockton University students: Kristin Davisson, Paige Philips, Kathryn Baker,Theresa Miro, Jose Raphael Gutierrez, Kathryn McBride, David Criales, Paola Celis, William Collins, Clara Di Gennaro, Anibal Guzmán, Isabelle Isidoro, Maryceli Martínez, Meyde Mendoza, Delimaris Morales, Jesse Morales, Tania Riveria, Laura Robinson, Dolly Santiago, Rachel Scutti, Lauren Shockley,  Alynne Trujillo, and Diego Vera Mera.