Since 1988, Dr. Friedman has led a thriving German minor that enriches the experience of students across disciplines. He also has developed graduate and undergraduate comparative literature seminars on "Dream and Modern Literature" and "Fin de Siecle Decadence."
He has written widely on Belgian Francophone literature. Friendman has been active as a literary translator, offering a pioneering Anthology of Belgian Symbolist Poetry, as well as works by Paul Willems. His translation of Marguerite Yourcenar’s oneiric autobiography, Dreams and Destinies (St. Martin’s Press), was widely reviewed in the national press. In addition, he has contributed essays on art-literary interrelations and served as National Endowment for the Humanities consultant and catalogue co-author for the exhibition "Les XX and the Belgian Avant-Garde." Donald Flanell Friedman’s book, Ida Rubinstein, le roman d’une vie d’artiste, was published in 2011 by Editions Salvator in Paris and widely reviewed in the French press.
Friedman is founding editor of the Belgian Francophone Library at Peter Lang, an expansive series of monographs, translations, and critical studies that serves as a vital international scholarly forum. He was named Winthrop Distinguished Professor in 2000. In 2003, he was awarded the Lauréat des Lettres, prix du rayonnement du livre, from the Ministry of Culture, French Community of Belgium. In 2008, he received Belgium’s decoration Officier de l’Ordre de Léopold in recognition of literary and cultural contributions.