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Colleges Welcome Vietnamese Scholar into the Community

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are pleased to welcome Professor Tran Thi Phuong Phuong to the HWS campus for the spring 2006 semester. Members of the Colleges’ community were on hand to meet and greet Professor Phuong on Thursday, Feb. 2, in Stern Hall during a reception thrown by Professor Jack Harris, of the Sociology department.

Since arriving on campus in early January, Phuong has participated in several classes from various departments, including the Francophone Studies department, the Russian Area Studies department and the Asian Languages and Cultures department. She can also be frequently seen around campus, attending faculty luncheons, lectures and other campus events.

Phuong comes to the Colleges from the Department of Literature, Lunguistics and Journalism of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City. She holds a bachelor's degree in Russian (language and literature) from the State University of Odessa, USSR; a bachelor's in English, a master's in literature and a doctorate in literature, all from the National University of Ho Chi Minh City.

In addition to her fellowship here at the Colleges, Phuong spent 18 months as a visiting fellow at Harvard University as well as a semester as a visiting lecturer in Russian Literature at Van Hien University in Ho Chi Minh City. She has published works on Tolstoy, Pushkin, Dostoyevsky and Russian literature.

Phuong is visiting the Colleges as part of an ASIANet Vietnam exchange program supported by the Luce Foundation, the Center for Educational Exchange with Vietnam and the American Council of Learned Societies. As part of this grant, Harris will spend one month in Vietnam as a guest of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City at the conclusion of Phuong’s stay at HWS.