Title: Language Educator, Writer
Company: Dartmouth College
Location: Hanover, New Hampshire, United States
Peter Adolph Bien, PhD, Language Educator and Writer at Dartmouth College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Teaching.
Since 1997, Dr. Bien has held the title of Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature from Dartmouth College, after holding the titles of Frederick Sessions Beebe ’35 Professor in the Art of Writing from 1989 to 1997 and Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities from 1974 to 1979. He is the recipient of the 2016 “Nikos Kazantzakis Prize” from the Municipality of Heraklion, Crete, for his “significant contribution to the international projection and study of the works of Nikos Kazantzakis” and of the 2015 Translation Prize from the Modern Greek Studies Association for his translation of Kazantzakis’s novel “Zorba the Greek.” His edited and translated volume “The Selected Letters of Nikos Kazantzakis” (2012) is the latest in a long list of scholarly works going back to 1960, and a paperback version of the book will be released in Spring 2020.
Dr. Bien has also completed a translation into English of a book of Greek poetry by Myron Zolotakis. This volume, entitled “Fuselage” in English, is beautifully illustrated throughout by the late Greek painter Dimitris Mytaras, one of the most distinguished Greek artists. The edition will be bilingual and will tentatively be published in 2020. Furthermore, Dr. Bien is currently translating another novel from Greek to English titled “Rotten Town” by Gazmend Kapllani. The work gives insight into how one lived in communist Albania, how the communist regime was brought down, how difficult was for Albanian refugees to thrive in Greece, and how two divergent brothers developed totally divergent views of how to be happy.
Born in New York, New York to Adolph F. and Harriet Bien, Dr. Bien did his undergraduate work for two years at Harvard, then transferred to Haverford College (BA, 1952). His graduate studies were at Columbia University for his MA in 1957 and, including a year at Bristol University in England, his PhD in 1961, after which he joined the English Department at Dartmouth. He has also served as a visiting professor at Harvard, Melbourne, Thessaloniki, Princeton, Columbia, Brown, and the University of Crete.
Dr. Bien is the recipient of an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, and holds an honorary PhD from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He founded Dartmouth’s peer tutoring program in English composition and also its University Seminars Program. He was chairman of the Quaker committee in Hanover, New Hampshire, that founded the Kendal at Hanover retirement community. Dr. Bien received a 2000 Golden Cross from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Australia, and a 1968 E. Harris Harbison Award for Distinguished Teaching from the Danforth Foundation. His work has been supported by a Fulbright Fellowship in 1958, 1983, and 1987. Notably, Dr. Bien was a founding member and twice president of the Modern Greek Studies Association, a trustee of the Quaker center Pendle Hill, of the American Farm School in Greece, and the Kinhaven Music School in Vermont. He is an honorary member of the Hellenic Authors’ Society. Dr. Bien is also the proud father of Leander, Alec, and Daphne with his wife, Chrysanthi Yiannakou.
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