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Foreign Languages and the Environment: Seed Projects for Sustainable Humanities

March 1, 2018 - 4:00pm to March 2, 2018 - 5:30pm

Nolte Center, Room 140 (Day 1) and Northrop, Crosby Room (Day 2)

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.

Keynote Speaker: Katherine Arens (University of Texas-Austin)
Plenary Speakers: Elena Past (Wayne State University), Maggie Broner (St. Olaf College)

**This is a two-day event. Space is limited; please RSVP as soon as you know you will be able to attend. Visit the Environmental Humanities Initiative Symposium Schedule for more details and to register.