Bassam Frangieh came to CMC as Professor of Arabic in the Modern Languages Department this fall to start up a new program in Arabic language. Raised in Syria, he graduated from Damascus University in Syria with a degree in Arabic Language and Literature. He received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University and also taught there. He most recently taught for fourteen years at Yale University where he was a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Modern Languages Program. Professor Frangieh has translated many poems and novels and has also written literary criticism.