CHI Think Tank, Lyceum 101

Every day, more bad news trickles in about language departments-- both at distant R1 universities and at nearby SLACs. Language enrollments at both the undergraduate and graduate level have hit new lows. Administrators suggest and commentators worry that app-based instruction will soon replace serious study of language and culture. While students are losing educational opportunities, institutions are losing faculty experts in languages other than English and in cultures beyond the Anglophone world. This forum recognizes linguistic expertise as central to what we do-- and not only in so-called "language departments." It also seeks to highlight the contributions of language faculty to fields beyond the languages. Panelists from multiple disciplines will speak about the role languages play in their fields and in their own scholarly practice. We will then ask what a college like ours should do to help ensure the future of a linguistically diverse academia.

Contact Info

Nell Volkmann
(413) 542-5870
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