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Elizabeth Lowe is Professor and Director of the UIUC Center for Translation Studies, with specializations in translation theory and practice, and Inter-American literary studies. She is an affiliate faculty member in the Program in Comparative and World Literature and the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. Her book The City in Brazilian Literature (Fairleigh Dickinson, 1982) traces the history of urban literature in Brazil from colonial times to the 1970’s and discusses how translation has played a central role in Brazil’s intellectual formation. Her co-authored book with Earl E. Fitz, Translation and the Rise of Inter-American Literature (University Press of Florida, 2007) speaks to translation as interpretation and as creative transfer, and considers how the choices of translators have shaped the external reception of Portuguese and Spanish-speaking literature. She was honored by the Brazilian Academy of Letters in 2010 for her life work in translating Brazilian literature.

 

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Chris Higgins is Associate Professor of Philosophy of Education at UIUC, with appointments in the Center for Translation Studies, the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, and the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership. Trained in philosophy at Yale and Columbia—with specific expertise in virtue ethics, hermeneutics, and the philosophy of history—Higgins’ scholarly interests include humanism, liberal learning, and professional ethics. His book, The Good Life of Teaching: An Ethics of Professional Practice (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011) offers one of the first systematic extensions of virtue ethics to questions concerning work and professional identity. He has published on Rilke, Freud, and philosophers of history such as Hannah Arendt, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Michael Oakeshott, Alasdair MacIntyre, and Charles Taylor. His co-authored article, “Teaching and Translation” (Philosophy of Education, 2011), explores the epistemology of translation and the temporal dynamics of textual interpretation. He is currently working on book entitled Humane Letters: Recovering a Humanistic Language for Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship.