To learn more about UDRs, please visit the Dean of Arts and Sciences' website,

To learn more about COML, please email our COML UDR, Talia Franks (

Thank you!

Undergraduate Departmental Representative (UDR)

The Undergraduate Departmental Representative for the Comparative Literature and Culture Program serves as a resource and representative for fellow majors and minors and potential majors and minors, and brings student concerns and/or ideas to the program faculty. They also provide feedback to the program chair, undergraduate advising head, and faculty regarding scheduling problems, course offerings, etc. and help organize events for majors, minors, and other interested students.

photo of talia franksTalia Franks
I am double majoring in Comparative Literature and Culture, Language and Linguistics, and minoring in Creative Writing and Hispanic Studies. On campus, I’m President of Charlamos (A Spanish speaking social group on campus) and I work in the library as an Interlibrary Loan Assistant. Off campus, I spend time going to shows or concerts with friends, and going to conventions and conferences about things that interest me like social justice, diversity, books and wizards. In summer 2017 I will be going to the Middlebury Language Schools Spanish Summer Language Immersion Program. Post-Graduation, I plan to either continue into graduate school, pursuing a degree in either Comparative Humanities or Literary Translation. In my free time I like to write original poetry and prose, translate poetry and prose, or watch educational videos on Philosophy, Astronomy, Chemistry and whatever interests me at that moment in time. I also have a habit of reading anything I can get my hands on, so I’m a little bit dangerous if you let me into a library or a bookstore. I’m a champion at folding fitted sheets and I deeply enjoy cleaning things. (I promise this is not a joke, I actually do find tidying up to be a joyful activity). I also cataloged my personal library of 650+ books for kicks.

FUN FACT: I own various copies of the Harry Potter books in 11 different languages! (13 if you count the British, Canadian and American dialect variations)

UPDATE: Please join us in congratulating our COML UDR, Talia Franks, who has been accepted to Middlebury's Bread Loaf Translator's Conference in a Translation Manuscript Workshop!

The 3rd annual Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference is a week-long program based on the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference model that is designed to provide training and community to beginning as well as experienced translators in the pursuit of translating literary texts into English.

The conference will take place from June 3 to June 9, 2017 at the Bread Loaf Campus of the Middlebury College in Ripton, Vermont. For more information, please see the Conference website.