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Susan H. Gillespie

Susan H. Gillespie has spent her life exploring the possibilities of translation—interlingual, cultural, and educational. She is a graduate of Radcliffe College of Harvard University and attended the University of Freiburg for four years on a DAAD scholarship. She has translated Theodor W. Adorno and many other authors of philosophical and musicological works, as well as fiction and poetry. Her book-length translations include Corona: Selected Poems of Paul Celan and The Correspondence of Paul Celan and Ilana Shmueli, which was a finalist for the National Translation Award. After a period of anti-war activism, Susan embarked on a career in fundraising for the New York Zoological Society, the New York Public Library, and, finally, Bard College where she served first as Vice President for Public Affairs and Development and then as Vice President for Special Global Initiatives. In 1998, Susan founded the Institute for International Liberal Education, which has pioneered in the development of dual-degree liberal arts programs with university partners in Russia, South Africa, Kyrgyzstan, Palestine, and elsewhere.