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Foreign Languages and the Environment: Seed Projects for Sustainable Humanities

March 1–2, 2018

University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Keynote speaker
Katherine Arens (University of Texas-Austin)

Plenary speakers
Elena Past (Wayne State University)
Maggie Broner (St. Olaf College)

How are programs of language, literatures and cultures revitalizing through connection with environmental humanities initiatives and alliances with sustainability studies? This symposium brings together scholar/teachers whose work in and beyond the classroom has been catalyzed by their commitment to curricular innovation, interdisciplinary projects, and public engagement with climate change issues. The symposium’s purpose is to facilitate dialogue about educational redesign in the humanities as a collaborative intellectual project that crosses fields ranging from language, literature, national/transnational, and cultural studies to second language acquisition and STEM. This shift impacts undergraduate and graduate education, and situates language programs at the forefront of institutional change. Presentations and roundtable discussions will explore theoretical frameworks, innovative curricular models (from design thinking projects to learning abroad), and implementation strategies for the enhanced teaching of languages and cultures in our multilingual world as a means for exploring cultural narratives, values, and perspectives related to the environment.

General Conference Schedule

Thursday, March 1, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Nolte Center for Continuing Education, Room 140
Opening Keynote and Reception

Friday, March 2, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Northrop Memorial Auditorium Building, Crosby Seminar Room
Plenaries, Roundtable Discussions, and Paper Sessions

NOTE: This symposium is free of charge, but registration is required and space is limited.

Conference Sponsors: Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA); Department of German, Scandinavian, & Dutch; Environmental Humanities Initiative.
Conference Cosponsors: Center for German and European Studies; CLA Language Center; Department of Asian Languages and Literatures; Department of English; Department of French & Italian; Department of Spanish & Portuguese; Institute for Advanced Study; Institute for Global Studies; IonE–Institute on the Environment.

Seventh International Conference on Immersion and Dual Language Education

February 6–9, 2019
The Westin Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina

More information coming soon!

For general information about the conference see the Sixth International Conference on Immersion and Dual Language Education archives.



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