Welcome to the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication

The Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication (PTIC) offers a diverse curriculum that allows undergraduates to develop their understanding of translation issues from varied perspectives. Students develop skills in language use and an understanding of the complexity of communicating across cultures, nations, and linguistic borders. Navigate this Web site with the buttons to the left to learn more about the program and the requirements for an undergraduate Certificate of Proficiency.




The Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication provides funding for senior thesis research and travel--including summer travel grants for rising seniors and fall break travel grants for seniors, summer study abroad (to obtain the international experience required for the certificate), and pre-approved independent projects. This funding is available to undergraduates who are enrolled in the certificate program and who have taken the first core course, TRA 200/COM 209 Thinking Translation: Language and Transfer & Cultural Communication.

PTIC funding may be used only to offset allowable expenses for proposed air and ground travel (coach class only), room, and board. No equipment may be purchased with PTIC funds, and no other expenditures can be covered under these grants.

Please search opportunities and apply through the Student Activity Funding Engine at www.princeton.edu/SAFE.

Translators as Agents

2014 PIIRS Global Seminar in Geneva

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Fall 2015

Translation Lunch Series
Mondays at Noon in Aaron Burr Hall 216

September 21              
169: “The Art of Mistranslation”
Reif Larsen (author)

September 28              
170:  “How to Count Like Jean Valjean”
David Bellos (Princeton University)

October 5                    
171:  “Creating Copyright for Translators in the Nineteenth Century”
Michael Hoffheimer (University of Mississippi School of Law)

October 12                  
172:  “The Translatability of Gods in the Ancient World and the Question of Tolerance”
Jan Assman (University of Konstanz, Germany)

October 19                  
173:  “Translating Old Plays into Early Modern Hits: Flexible Texts and the Primacy of Audience in Li Yu’s Leisure Notes (Xianqing ouji, 1671)”
Sarah Kile (University of Michigan Society of Fellows)

October 26                  
174:  “Translating Dagestan”
Carol Apollonio (Duke University)

November 2                
Fall Break

November 9                
175:  “Emily Dickinson and the Translation of Scriptural Form”
Karen Emmerich (Princeton University)

November 16              

November 23              
176:  “George Eliot in 19th Century Russia: Views Defining Vision”
Olga Demidova (University of St. Petersburg, Russia)

November 30              
177:  “Lines of Flight: Marcel Bois Translates Waviny Laredj Translates Tahar Ouettar”
Jill Jarvis (Princeton University)

December 7                
178:  “Translating Greek Literature in Late Antiquity: The Case of Plutarch, Lucian, and Themistius in Syriac”
Alberto Rigolio (Princeton University Society of Fellows)

December 14              
179:  TBD



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