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Waïl S. Hassan one of six University Scholars at U of I

9/28/2016  8:00 am

Waïl S. Hassan, Professor of Comparative Literature and English, is one of six U of I professors recently named a University Scholar.

The program recognizes excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The faculty members were honored at a campus reception on Sept. 26.

Begun in 1985, the scholars program recognizes faculty excellence on the three U of I campuses and provides funds to each scholar for each of three years to enhance his or her academic career. The money may be used for travel, equipment, research assistants, books or other purposes.

“People all over the world associate the University of Illinois with the quality of our outstanding faculty,” said Barbara Wilson, executive vice president for academic affairs. “The University Scholars program honors a select group of faculty for their wide-ranging achievements as researchers, instructors, mentors and leaders of broader academic communities.”

Professor Hassan is a major figure in Arabic and postcolonial studies known both as a critic and a translator. His groundbreaking research over the past decade has significantly expanded the scope of modern Arabic literary studies beyond its traditional parameters, and his broad range of interests converge around modern Arabic literature, Arab intellectual history, and Arab diaspora literatures and cultures.