Our department is celebrating the news of our recent graduate, Emmanuel Orozco Castellanos, being named 2024 Rhodes Scholar

 Emmanuel did a Minor in Translation Studies and for his capstone project with Dr. William Stroebel, he led a workshop with bilingual high school students on Stories of Migration.   
As an undergraduate he also worked as Comparative Literature research assistant for our Mellon Sawyer Seminar Series on Translation in the Multilingual Midwest (read here Emmanuel's interview about his work as a translator for asylum seekers at Freedom House in Detroit and a full article on our Sawyer Seminar Series on our department's annual newsletter here).  

Since his graduation, Emmanuel has been working on our Comparative Literature public humanities initiative for Translating Michigan with Dr. Yopie Prins and Dr. Kristin Dickinson. See the project Emmanuel created on Multilingualism, Migration, and Muralism in Mexicantown here, and read the full article on the latest issue of LSA magazine

After announcing the big news, Emmanuel said about his path with Comp Lit: "I am infinitely thankful to the U-M Department of Comparative Literature. It is a small community of empathetic, brilliant individuals. The Department offered intellectual rigor and unconditional support to all of its students. I am especially thankful to Professor William Stroebel, who generously took time out of his research leave to advise my capstone project, and to professors Yopie Prins and Kristin Dickinson, whom I have the honor to call my colleagues. Likewise, thanks to the rest of the Comparative Literature family." 

Congratulations Emmanuel!