Academic Life

Graduate Students

Life in Ann Arbor

The lively, diverse, intellectual community of the University of Michigan provides a wide variety of opportunities to enrich your experience here in Ann Arbor. Our students supplement their studies with reading groups, workshops, seminars, art exhibits, films, and much more.

The City of Ann Arbor is also a source of dining, entertainment, and the arts. It is home to the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and Ann Arbor Summer Festival. For live music, popular venues are The Ark and The Blind Pig. The School of Music, Theater, & Dance also provides a full schedule of events throughout the year. Find out more about what Ann Arbor offers HERE.

Graduate student journal Tiresias

Tiresias Cover

Tiresias Cover March 2012

Tiresias (online graduate journal)

Tiresias is an on-line publication of academic and creative work run by graduate students of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan. They welcome submissions in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan and Galician in the form of scholarly analysis, reviews, creative writing, and visual art. Tiresias encourages interdisciplinary submissions including (but not limited to) cultural studies, literature, anthropology, sociology, psychology, history, philosophy, art history, film, and political science. Graduate students, faculty, independent scholars, and activists are invited to contribute. For more information regarding the call for papers, or any particular question, please send an email to

Below we have listed a sampling of the organizations and activities in which our own RLL graduate students participate. Also, the main UM*Events calendar is a terrific resource for discovering the many offerings the university hosts campus-wide.

Romance Languages Graduate Student Association (RLGSA)
RLGSA represents the needs and interests of RLL graduate students through professional workshops and social gatherings throughout the year. A popular offering of the group is the Thought Shop series, where students meet to talk about their research and issues pertaining to graduate student life.

Charles F. Fraker
The Annual Charles F. Fraker Conference is organized by RLL graduate students in honor of Professor Emeritus of Spanish Charles Fraker. Originally a venue for graduate students of Hispanic studies to meet and discuss the subjects of their research, the conference has grown to include the work of students of other Romance languages and literatures as well. Past conferences have attracted students from such universities as Yale, Tulane, Cleveland State, Western Michigan, Brigham Young, and Western Ontario.