This past Tuesday (4/1) and Wednesday (4/2), the CSLC hosted the first “Let’s Talk” symposium. “Let’s Talk” is an annual symposium on foreign language research and education organized by the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures. Sponsored by the CSLC and the Institute for Scholarship in Liberal Arts, this year’s symposium was sub-titled “Low-Enrollment, High Prestige Languages” and brought to the Notre Dame campus distinguished speakers from Yale, Columbia, and Kennesaw State. The symposium sought to address the discrepancy between certain languages’ enrollment numbers and global significance. In addition to keynote speakers Nelleke Van Deusen-Scholl, Stéphane Charitos, and Lance Askildson (former director of the CSLC), the symposium featured talks by Yongping Zhu (Notre Dame), Lori Crawford-Dixon (Holy Cross), and Virginie Askildson (Kennesaw State).
To begin the symposium, Dean John McGreevy gave an address that both welcomed our speakers as well as presented awards to this year’s outstanding peer tutors, Marcus Liddell, Leo Hall, and Andrea Finger, and to Professor Denise DellaRossa for her outstanding service to the CSLC.
“Let’s Talk: Low-Enrollment, High Prestige Languages” provided guests with intriguing and invaluable information concerning how to improve language research and instruction at Notre Dame.
The Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures would like to thank the speakers as well as all those who came out.