MMLA 2017 Keynote Speaker

The Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association will hold its 71st Annual Convention in Spokane, Washington on October 12-14, 2017 at the new Davenport Grand Hotel. Our featured Keynote Speaker on Friday, October 13 at noon will be John Whittier Treat. The title of his presentation is: "Stuttering in Foreign Tongues, or, What the Japanese Stammer Teaches Us."

John Whittier Treat is Emeritus Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Yale University, and now affiliate faculty at the University of Washington. He is the author of Writing Ground Zero: Japanese Literature and the Atomic Bomb and the forthcoming The Rise and Fall of Modern of Modern Japanese Literature, both from the University of Chicago Press. He is currently at work on a study of Korean writers under Japanese colonial rule, and a second novel, First Consonants, about a stutterer who saves the world.